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September 12, 2013

Program Overview

The Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program is a Title II USAID Food For Peace funded five-year $80.7 million integrated food security program.  The program started in July 2009 and will end in June 2014. This initiative aims to reduce food insecurity of 215,000 vulnerable households in 39 traditional authorities in eight most food insecure districts in Southern Malawi.

WALA target districts are Balaka, Chikhwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mulanje, Nsanje, Thyolo and Zomba. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an independent consortium management and technical coordination hub with eight private voluntary organizations, is the grant holder for the WALA program.

September 12, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked alongside Malawi’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen its Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (FP/SRH). Building on this strong partnership, USAID remains committed to working with the MOH, development partners and civil society to address the rapid population growth that remains a development challenge in Malawi.

September 12, 2013

The Government of Malawi (GOM) has made agricultural development and nutrition top priorities.  With President Banda’s leadership, the GOM is focusing investments under her Presidential Initiative on Hunger and Poverty Reduction and the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach to tackle governance issues that unlock latent private sector investment and open up export markets for smallholders. 

September 12, 2013

Malawi is beset by several major health challenges that undermine its growth and development.  Its population of 15 million is expected to triple by 2040 at current fertility level of 5.7.  Over half of its 15 million people live below the poverty line, and more than a third consume less than the required daily calories, leading to a 47% stunting rate for children under five.

September 12, 2013

Program Overview

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported Malawi’s education sector since independence in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). Building on this strong partnership, USAID remains committed to working with the Ministry, development partners and civil society to address the educational challenges facing the country today.

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