USAID Administrator Samantha Power Travels to Zambia and Malawi

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Administrator Samantha Power with Zambian smallholder farmer


Administrator Samantha Power travels to Zambia and Malawi from June 28 to July 3. In both countries, the Administrator will meet with local farmers, agri business owners and government officials to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region. Throughout her trip, the Administrator will highlight the United States government support for the region's democratic advances and underscore how democratic governance, a strong civil society, robust anti-corruption efforts and a vibrant independent media strengthen institutional resilience and deliver tangible economic dividends for the people.

In Zambia, the Administrator will meet with President Hakainde Hichilema and key ministers to discuss Zambia’s democratic and economic reform priorities. Administrator Power will also meet with local journalists to discuss media freedom and access to information, and she will hear from youth leaders about their individual and collective work in determining the nation’s future. Administrator Power will visit a seed production cooperative that works with Zambian small scale farmers to produce improved seeds for market. She will also visit with local women farmers who are leveraging private sector partnerships to scale up production and now stand ready to help support food security on the domestic and international levels.

In Malawi, the Administrator will meet with President Lazarus Chakwera to reinforce U.S. support for Malawi’s commitment to democracy and mutual development goals. She will also meet with anti-corruption leaders on their efforts to enhance government transparency and increase accountability to the citizenry. Administrator Power will visit an agricultural company that demonstrates how market-led approaches with the private sector can promote food security and climate adaptation. She will also spend time at the Lilongwe Wildlife Center to get a firsthand look at how a local organization is conserving and restoring natural habitats.


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Last updated: July 05, 2022

July 3, 2022

I think, first of all, because of rising food prices in this country, I wanted to come to Malawi to bring several new initiatives that could help farmers and ordinary citizens do a better job meeting needs right now. So, we've brought an additional $12 million, begun talks with farmers, with the private sector, with government, about how best to channel those resources. Not a huge amount, but given the needs, every dollar I think counts, given the food security crisis that so many in this country risk facing. 

July 3, 2022

On the final day of her visit to Malawi, Administrator Power toured Pyxus Agriculture Limited Malawi. Pyxus is a company that works with Malawian smallholder farmers focused on agriculture commercialization and innovation.

July 2, 2022

On July 1, Administrator Samantha Power arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi. She began her visit by holding a town hall with U.S. Embassy colleagues alongside U.S. Ambassador to Malawi David Young and Acting USAID Mission Director in Malawi Melissa Francis. Administrator Power thanked U.S. Embassy personnel for continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Malawi bilateral relationship, despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine. Administrator Power also met separately with USAID’s Malawian staff to thank them for their dedication and commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Malawi relationship.

July 2, 2022

Good morning, everybody. Thank you so much for being here. And let me just thank the Malawian people, the Malawian President and his team for the incredibly generous welcome that they have given me and my team from the United States. I'm away from my two kids who are 13 and 10, and that's always hard. But when I tell them that I gave a press conference and there were zebras at the press conference, it's all going to be worthwhile. They are going to be absolutely amazed by this. 

July 2, 2022

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch of Let Them Grow Healthy (Tiwalere) in Malawi today. Tiwalere is a five-year, $46 million initiative, subject to appropriations, in support of the Government of Malawi’s National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy. It is anticipated that USAID will invest $23 million and that the private sector will match this by also contributing $23 million.