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The governments of the United States of America and Ireland have committed to continue supporting Malawi’s recovery from the recent climate-induced disasters by increasing funding for rebuilding the country’s food systems.

The commitment was made on Friday at a food systems event at COP 28 in Dubai by Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Micheál Martin, who doubles as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

“With USAID, we are working with many private sector companies which have diversified food products which will unite adaptation, mitigation and above all creating more sustainable food systems in the future. That’s a good illustration of what we can do in partnership with all the countries to make sure we can help those who are most impacted by climate change, particularly in terms of impact on the food production systems,” said Martin.

Among those present at the event was Dina Esposito, the coordinator for Feed the Future and assistant administrator for USAID. She praised the current partnership and expressed hope that the investments will help improve the nutritional status of many children in Malawi.

Michael Usi, Malawi’s Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, expressed his delight at the Irish government’s strong interest in supporting Malawi’s scaling up of mega-farms.

On the sidelines of COP 28, the Irish Government announced a 50 million Euros support package to Malawi which will advance climate-related interventions across the country.

Reported by our correspondent, Matthews Malata in Dubai, UAE.

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