The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has said the increasing effects of climate change on the country are enough reminders for the great need of action from researchers.
Dean of postgraduate studies at Luanar, MacDonald Mwinjiro, said achieving sustainable economic growth for the nation is principal goal for virtually a l l African governments and development organisations, hence the need for critical approach in process of finding solutions to climate change challenges.
Speaking at the inception workshop on energy transitions and regional climate change in East and southern Africa’s coupled human, terrestrial and atmospheric systems project in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Mwinjiro said many African governments including Malawi are seeking close guidance from reputable teams of international and African analysts.
“Through high quality research, innovative outreach approaches and sustained policy discussions led by on-the-ground local teams, the project is aimed at contributing to sustainable economic productivity in sub-Saharan Africa and Malawi is no exception.
“Improving the agricultural enabling environment is of paramount importance in achieving sustainable productivity growth not only in Malawi but also in the entire African region,” Mwinjiro said.
He said the project is being implemented at a time government is facing challenges in raising financial resources for various development projects, adding finding sustainable solutions to the declining soil fertility will go a long way to achieve sustainable economic development.
Principal Investigator for the project, Charles Jumbe, said the project aims at establishing the effectiveness of the use of fuel efficiency stoves which some organisations and government are distributing across the country.
Acting Director for Luanar’s Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (Card),Thabbie Chilongo, called on all partners to continue working hard for the project to be a success.
The three-year project is getting a $1.5 million financial support from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and targets about 900 households in three Southern Region districts.
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