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Minister to lead Malawi in K189 billion agriculture deal

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By kandani ngwira:

Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe has said the $250 million (approximately K189 billion) Youth and Women in Agriculture project will help government to create jobs and improve productivity to end hunger in the country.

The minister said this in Lilongwe on Thursday when he addressed the media ahead of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) summit slated for September 8-11 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Lowe disclosed that his ministry in partnership with the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) will lead the Malawi delegation and give a keynote speech as part of Malawi’s youth and women flagship project presentation aimed at attracting funders and investors to support its implementation under the Malawi National Agriculture Investment Policy.

“Our national Agriculture Policy realises that involvement of women and youth in the sector is limited, despite the fact that the country’s population is dominated by them. With technical and financial support from Agra, this Ministry is finalising the development of a flagship programme for women and youth in Agriculture,” he said.

Agra Country Manager Sophie Lusungu Chitedze said this year’s summit led by Rwanda president Paul Kagame will take place virtually for the first time owing to Covid-19, under the theme: Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.

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She said the AGRF summit where stakeholders in the agricultural landscape such as investors, heads of governments, small and medium-sized enterprises, farm input producer and technology developers come together to strike funding and investment deals and agree on various development commitments.

“It brings together partners to energise political will and enhance the programmes, investments and policies required to counter the major challenges affecting the agriculture sector and achieve an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation across the continent,” Chitedze said.

Early last week, a report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee revealed that 2.6 million Malawians – about 15 percent o the population – would face hunger between October 2020 and March 2021, due to a slowdown in economic activities triggered by both the domestic and global impact of Covid-19.

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