By Watipaso Mzungu:
The Irish Ambassador to Malawi, Gery Cunningham has said Malawi needs to triple its investment in climate smart agriculture if it is to achieve a meaningful and sustainable economic growth.
Cunningham said since climate crisis and population growth are placing additional strains on soil fertility and food production systems, the government needs to find lasting solutions.
Cunningham made the remarks at the national symposium on agro-ecology in Lilongwe on Friday organised by Trocaire.
“Some of the key practices of agro-ecology are already being promoted by our various partners here and through the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach” Cunningham said.
Trocaire Country Director, Jeannettee Wijnants, said there is an urgent need to reframe agricultural and food policies in tackling poverty and hunger issues.
She said Trocaire has partnered some local civil society organisations in supporting rural households living in poverty.
“Support for agro-ecology is highly compatible with progressing the transformative and sustainable ambition of Agenda 2030 and, at least, nine of the Sustainable Development Goals,” Wijnants said.
Principal Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Grey Nyandule Phiri, commended Trocaire for employing innovative approaches to transforming rural livelihoods.
Phiri said government remains committed to working with both local and international organisations to promote modern farming technologies, including agro-ecology.