Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development, has asked for more support from stakeholders and the international community in supporting small scale farmers if the country is to achieve agriculture diversification, food and income security.
The remarks have been made by the Minister responsible, Kondwani Nankhumwa during the opening of this year’s Kulima Better National Learning event for Small-Scale Farmers that was held in Lilongwe on Friday.
“Agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy and government has put forward several programs and strategies aimed at improving the agriculture sector but there is need for more support because government cannot afford to do everything alone, we need stakeholders and development partners to assist,” he said.
He said agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy which needs more attention and effort by Government and different stakeholders.
In his remarks, Country Director for the project Ulemu Chilizi said the project is helping farmers achieve self-sufficiency.
“By the end of the project, many farmers would be able to increase productivity and food security. They will also engage in climate smart agriculture,” he added.
Team Leader for Sustainable Agriculture, Delegation of the European union to the Republic of Malawi, Beatrice Neri, said EU is supporting Agriculture in the country in different components to integrate farmers in value chains so that they can have valuable markets to their products.
The European Union funded Kulima Better Project is a five-year program that started in 2017, to be implemented in 10 selected districts of the country.
About 402,000 households are expected to benefit.