Saulos Chilima upbeat on fighting malnutrition
Malawi is prepared to embrace new technologies and concepts in the agriculture in order to end hunger and malnutrition by the year 2025, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Wednesday.
Chilima was speaking in Washington DC in the United States of America during the launch of Compact 2025, an initiative by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to end hunger and malnutrition by the year 2025.
The Vice President said the leadership in Malawi is more than committed to working with IFPRI to achieve the ambitious plan by the year 2025.
“IFPRI has been in Malawi for 20 years and has had tremendous impact on the Agriculture sector through research. We are, therefore, more than prepared to work with them by adopting concepts and methods for Malawi to fight hunger and malnutrition by the year 2025,” said Chilima.
Despite making some strides in the agriculture sector, Malawi remains one of the most affected countries with 21 percent of the population remaining hungry while 42 percent of children under the age of five are malnourished.
The launch of Compact2025 is also coming at a time when close to three million Malawians are subjected to hunger as a result of the floods that hit the country in January and followed by a dry spell that made it impossible for replanting.
But with a seat in the leadership council perhaps Malawi can learn more from Compact2025 which works by building knowledge base, promoting innovation and bringing stakeholders together to brainstorm on possible solutions to crises.
Malawi, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Rwanda the first four countries which will work closely with Compact2025 to address the challenges of hunger and malnutrition.
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