Minister responsible for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, is in Berlin, Germany to attend the 2020 Global Forum on Food and Agriculture scheduled to take place from 16th to 18th January 2020.
Upon his arrival, the Minister said that he was looking forward to share Malawi’s agriculture experiences that DPP government under the wise and dynamic leadership of His Excellency President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika is implementing to make Malawi a hunger-free Nation as well as learn from other countries in how they are tackling issues of food security, agricultural trade and sustenance of agriculture value chains as part of efforts to develop their countries.
Among some of the meetings that the Minister attended include: the Berlin Ministers Conference which was held on 18th January, which among other things looked at issues of fair rules in agriculture trade, sustainable, inclusive and safe value chains and trade for global food security.
The Minister who is Vice President of DPP in the South will also attend two high level meetings organised by the World Trade Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the European Commission.
“Agriculture remains the backbone of the Malawi economy adding about 30 percent to the country GDP this is why President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika is doing everything to make Malawi a competitive country and make sure that Malawi is a free-hunger Country”, the Minister said who was National Chairnan of DPP campaign comprising (technical and operational team) in the 21st May 2019 Polls.
The Global Forum on Food and Agriculture is an annual event organised by the German Government through the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
The forum looks at issues of food and agriculture in both developed and developing countries especially on matters of agri-food policy.
Over 2,000 international visitors from politics, trade and industry, science and technology and civil society groups are expected to attend the conference and discuss key issues on food and agriculture.
In addition, at the end of the 12th Berlin Agriculture Ministers conference, high-level representatives of international organisations and governments are expected to adopt a joint political communiqué on agriculture policy.
“The DPP government under President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, is known for good agricultural policies that has seen the inflation keep on going down each year,” the Leader of Government Business in Parliament who is also MP for Mulanje Central.
The Minister also said Malawi government has keen interest in this Global Forum on Food and Agriculture to try and find ways of enhancing food security and Agriculture development policies that work best, especially policies aimed at increasing food security both at household and national level.