By Blessings Mpinganjira:
Malawi is expected to take part in the United Nations food systems summit set for New York, the United States, in September this year.
Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe, who is also national convener of the initiative, said Malawi was expected to benefit from the summit in the areas of food production, easy access to agriculture markets and new agriculture technologies.
“We are giving a chance to Malawians to participate and contribute to the general discourse through a series of dialogues that will take place in the three major cities of the country and districts,” Lowe said.
He said that the initiative would also allow the citizenry to identify system issues that would be considered in the implementation of the Malawi 2063 vision.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres described the summit as a getaway way for Malawi to boost its agriculture activities.
“We expect Malawi to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals through the summit and address issues of malnutrition and insufficient food production, which have been a challenge,’’ Torres said.
The dialogue, which will take place on Wednesday, May 19 2021 at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, will bring together a diverse group of experts and representatives from the public and private sectors.