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The Malawi Experience 2001-3

7. Off and Running
 
  • Working groups commenced 4/02 and have continued to meet regularly, except for Information which has been poor (now being addressed through VAC & FAO initiatives)


  • New WFP team installed and WFP credibility established


  • FAO/WFP assessment in 4/02 led to agreement on EMOP for Malawi and initial pledges


  • Early agreement that poor 2002 harvest would mean shortfall of ca 500-600kt to be met from bulk imports (ca 250kt), humanitarian relief (ca 200kt)and informal x-border trade (ca 100kt)


  • Bulk imports by MG as private traders hampered by high interest rates, forex risks, logistics and price uncertainties. But MG used commercial loans, no tenders and agreed expensive subsidy with IMF/WB without donor discussion
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