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Clinton Announces K12 billion for Mw Agriculture Sector

August 06 2012
Clinton and Emmie Phiri (chair of Lumbadzi milk bulking group) after she helps Clinton put on a chitenje (traditional ceremonial cloth)

Clinton and Emmie Phiri (chair of Lumbadzi milk bulking group) after she helps Clinton put on a chitenje (traditional ceremonial cloth)

The United States government, Malawi’s largest overall donor of bilateral aid, will make investments totaling $46 million (approx. K12 billion) to strengthen agriculture in Malawi in the next three years. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement in rural Lilongwe Sunday on her maiden visit to Malawi, the first for a United States secretary of state and the second for such a high-ranking American government official since former vice president Dan Quayle’s visit in 1991.

Speaking to members of Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group who are supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under President Obama’s Feed the Future Program, Clinton observed that for the past decade the United States has been supporting Malawi’s dairy sector.  She said “thanks to our work together, Malawi’s milk production has increased by 500 percent.  That represents thousands of farmers who have been able to improve their lives”. 

On the five hour visit to Malawi, which was part of a tour of several African countries Clinton also met Malawi’s first female president Joyce Banda at the State House where they held bilateral talks. In brief statements before the talks president Banda said "For a long time we have been women and children's activists and I have been waiting for the day when we will meet". The bilateral talks among others focused on issues of trade, energy and regional integration. 

Secretary Clinton also had an opportunity to visit an American Peace Corps run program called Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) popularly known as Camp Glow at Lilongwe Girl Secondary School where she encouraged the young women to have self belief and aim high in life. Clinton also announced that the United States government would offer 2,400 scholarships to train Malawian nurses as well as a Global Health Services Partnership pilot program to bring American doctors and nurses to train additional health workers in Malawi.

By last year American bilateral assistance to Malawi was at $223 million (approx. K60 billion).