President Obama Meets with Leaders of Sierra Leone, Senegal, Malawi, and Cape Verde

President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, March 28, 2013, after a meeting with, from left, Senegal President Macky Sall; Malawi President Joyce Banda; Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma; and Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves . [AP Photo]

About the Author: Grant T. Harris currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Staff of the White House.

Today, President Obama welcomed President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde to the White House. The United States has strong partnerships with these countries based on shared democratic values and shared interests. Each of these leaders has undertaken significant efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, protect and expand human rights and civil liberties, and increase economic opportunities for their people.

President Obama and the visiting leaders discussed how the United States can expand our partnership to support their efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and promote economic opportunity, both in their countries and across sub-Saharan Africa. A particular focus of the conversation was on the importance of transparency and respect… more »

In Malawi, the Future Belongs to the Organized

Women farmers welcome U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome David Lane to Tidi Village, Malawi, on January 14, 2013. [State Department photo by Sharon Ketchum/ Public Domain]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

After an early morning departure from Tanzania, we arrived in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe in a steady rain. The rain is not always favorable for travel, but it was very welcome in Malawi after a drought during the 2012 rainy season impacted the maize crop and food security, particularly in the south. 

As I continued my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations food and agriculture agencies in Rome I was excited to have two reporters from Malawi join the group of seven talented reporters traveling with me, five African and two European, to witness programs on the ground and help tell the Malawian story of increasing food security in Africa.

Despite the difficult situation in the south, it is an exciting time to visit Malawi because… more »

Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

Villagers in Mtanga, Malawi, where U.N.-backed development projects are helping farmers grow maize and start fish farming, April 16, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

Our journey started with an early morning flight into the Tanzanian city of Arusha, where we were greeted by the impressive sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, whose snow covered peak dominates the landscape.

I was on my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome. Accompanying me was a group of talented reporters from five African countries — Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, and Tanzania — plus two Europeans from France and Italy.

The U.S. Mission I lead — to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Malawian President Joyce Banda in New York, New York on September 27, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Malawian President Joyce Banda in New York, New York on September 27, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Secretary Clinton Highlights Civil Society Contributions To End Global Hunger

Dairy farmer Margaret Chinkwende explains her work to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin Banda of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jonathan Shrier serves as Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security.

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton co-hosted an event with President Joyce Banda of Malawi, to highlight both the progress made in the last three years under Feed the Future and the contributions of civil society organizations to advance our food security goals.

The highlight of the event was an extraordinary commitment by civil society organizations.

As Secretary Clinton said, “Today, I am pleased to announce a new commitment by civil society groups…InterAction, an alliance of 198 U.S.-based organizations, is pledging more than one billion dollars of private, non-government funds over the next three years to… more »

Photo of the Week: Supporting Agriculture in Malawi

Dairy farmer Margaret Chinkwende explains her work to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin Banda of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Eboni Bell serves as an Assistant Editor for DipNote.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in Malawi, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participated in a Feed the Future event at the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking center on August 5, 2012. In this photograph, dairy farmer Margaret Chinkwende describes her work to the Secretary of State.

At the event, Secretary Clinton remarked, “For the past decade, the United States has been supporting Malawi’s dairy sector, including this center. And thanks to your work and the support we have given you, Malawi’s milk production has increased 500 percent. Thousands of farmers have benefited. I was delighted to meet some of the farmers and the workers here. And I want to thank all of you. I’m also proud… more »

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Malawi

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On August 5, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Lilongwe, Malawi. During her visit, Secretary Clinton and President Joyce Banda discussedeconomic and political governance and reform.

The Secretary participated in an event for Camp GLOW, Peace Corps, and PEPFAR. Shesaid, “We believe strongly in the human potential of Malawi, because after all, those are the greatest treasures that any country has. Some countries may have oil or gold or diamonds, but the greatest… more »

Dairy farmer Margaret Chinkwende explains her work to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin Banda of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] 

Dairy farmer Margaret Chinkwende explains her work to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin Banda of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 5, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] 

Remarks at Camp GLOW, Peace Corps, PEPFAR Event

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Camp GLOW
Lilongwe, Malawi
August 5, 2012


SECRETARY CLINTON: It is such an honor and a pleasure for me to be here. I want to recognize all of the ministers and thank them for coming, for representing the Government of Malawi. I want to thank the head teacher and all of the teachers who are part of this program and who also provide the education for young women and young men throughout the year here in Malawi. I want to thank the director and all the volunteers from the Peace Corps who are here working. We are very proud of all of you. I wish to recognize the Ambassador from the United States to Malawi. And as it is said in southern Africa, all protocols observed. 

Thank you for this warm welcome. And thank you very much for being here and being part of this program about which I have already heard so much. And I have seen an excellent example of one young woman who is fulfilling the promise of the slogans and the curriculum and the efforts here at the camp to imbue young women with an understanding of their own internal talents and opportunities and aspirations, and then to develop your own God-given potential and make a contribution not only to your families and communities but indeed to your country.

And I’m very proud of our Peace Corps volunteers because they too are standing up for the idea that every young woman can make a difference in her own life and in her community. And it is a great pleasure for me always, as I travel around the world, to meet Peace Corps volunteers, who represent the great values and ideals of our nation. MORE

Remarks at Feed the Future Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Event

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Lilongwe, Malawi
August 5, 2012


Hello, way back there. Oh, I am so happy to be here. And I want to thank you for letting me come to see what you are doing. The United States is very proud to be a partner with all of you. I want to thank the ministers who are here, the leaders of the Lumbadzi milk bulking group, the citizens, all protocols observed.

For the past decade, the United States has been supporting Malawi’s dairy sector, including this center. And thanks to your work and the support we have given you, Malawi’s milk production has increased 500 percent. Thousands of farmers have benefited. (Applause.) I was delighted to meet some of the farmers and the workers here. And I want to thank all of you. I’m also proud that we see a partnership with PEPFAR, so people can also receive HIV testing and counseling services here. MORE