7 June 2013

Malawi: Nation to Be Unveiled As G8 New Alliance Food Security, Nutrition Country Partner

Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda will on Saturday 8 June, 2013 attend the G8 Food Security and Nutrition event where Malawi will be unveiled as a country partner under the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in London, United Kingdom (UK).

According to the press release by the State House made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday Dr. Banda is expected to arrive in the UK on Friday, 7 June.

"The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a commitment by G8 Nations, African countries and the private sector partners to achieve sustained and inclusive agricultural growth to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years," reads part of the statement.

The statement added: "It builds upon the progress and commitments made in 2009 where member countries and others pledged more than US$22 billion which is about (K7 trillion) for agricultural investment."

The statement also said the UK which is the current holder of the G8 Presidency, together with the African, G8 and private sector partners, will host the New Alliance event which will showcase progress, launch new country partnerships, like Malawi, and take forward initiatives to increase impact on the ground.

"As required under the commitment, country partners develop Cooperating Frameworks outlining their key commitments, those of donors, and the private sector focusing on major policy changes to improve investments opportunities and trade," reads the statement.

The statement further said on their part, G8 members identified development assistance funding aligned behind country partners' investment plans for agriculture. Private sector firms also lay out investment plans in the sector.

The high level nutrition event aims to transform the lives of millions of women and children by reducing maternal and child-under nutrition. It will be a day of international action, bringing together governments, business science and civil society to improve the quality and quantity of food available to the world's poorest people.

Malawi's goal is to reduce prevalence of stunting among children less than 5 years of age from 47.1 per cent to less than 20 per cent by 2020.

"Among its major political or policy commitments are to review the National Nutrition Policy and strategic plan 2007 - 2012 by 31st December 2013," reads another part of the statement.

Outcomes of the event include an announcement by the UK, donors and foundations of new financial commitments to fight malnutrition and hunger;

The private sector will also announce new partnerships, based on sustainable business models.

The G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was launched by the G8 in 2012 under the US Presidency. Malawi will join Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso at the event.

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