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Agribusiness / Food in Malawi

  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • Southern Africa: Smarter Farming Could Cut Hunger in Drought-Hit Southern Africa

    MALAWI, 2016/09/17 Innovations from crop insurance to swapping cattle for goats could help the region stand up to worsening drought, researchers say Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say. That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too few agents, according to a statement by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, based in the Netherlands. In a lot of cases, farmers are simply not aware of potential solutions, said Oluyede Ajayi, a senior programme coordinator with the centre, speaking on the sidelines of a regional conference this week in Johannesburg on scaling up climate-smart agricultural solutions.
  • Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger.

    ETHIOPIA, 2014/12/29 The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four nations inclunding Angola, as pilot nations. According to a statement from the FAO regional office, made available to PANA here, the three other nations on the Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger.
  • Milk Market Spurs Dairy Farming in Malawi

    MALAWI, 2013/08/15  Buoyed by the availability of milk market in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo in Chiradzulu, Ngumba, Nkalo and Sakwata Village Development Committees (VDCs) have bought dairy cows to distribute to farmers to embark on dairy production. Nkalo and Ngumba VDCs have by presently bought and distributed 20 dairy cows to the targeted beneficiaries while Sakwata VDC has set aside K1.5 million for the same purpose. The VDCs which were economically empowered by Rural Livelihoods Support Programme (RLSP) accumulated the money to venture into dairy farming through the sale of the maize which they get from farmers who get loan from the VDCs.
  • Minister of Communication Moses Kunkuyu

    MALAWI, 2013/06/11 Government has warned to transaction with illegal vendors buying agricultural produce from farmers; Minister of Data, Moses Kunkuyu issued the warning on Thursday. The warning follows the influx of illegal traders who are buying variety of crops in some districts of the country without proper documents.
  • From agricultural success story to food crisis

    MALAWI, 2012/12/09 Once again Malawi finds itself in a tight spot. A food crisis set off by erratic rains, rising food prices and economic hardships is slowly unfolding. For the first time in several years, the country’s ability to feed its citizens is at risk. Sadly and unexpectedly, Malawi has lost its hard-earned status as an agricultural success story – it used to produce enough maize for its people to eat and still provide a surplus to neighbours. A lot of are now wondering what went wrong and whether there could be lessons for other African countries.
  • Malawi sits on untapped gold 2012-08-29

    MALAWI, 2012/08/29 Fruits and vegetables contain magic and power of transforming women relying on their husbands on everything including bringing food on the table into breadwinners. To prove it, one just has to visit Magomero in Chiradzuru about 40 Km from Malawi's commercial city, Blantyre in the south. Here one meets Magomero Food Processing Enterprise (MFPE), a 10-member women group established in 2002 and learns on how price addition on fruits and vegetables transformed them from just housewives into breadwinners.