Feeding the Vulnerable in Malawi

A malnourished girl in Malawi.

The United States’ is donating $15.7 million worth of food commodities to Malawi to assist a portion of the 2.8 million people in need of humanitarian food assistance. U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer made the announcement in late September. More

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Audio Fighting Sudan's Food Crisis

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Audio On Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

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Audio Designation of Six South Sudanese Generals

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