Malawi President Floats Plan for African Food Security

Africa has the potential to achieve food security and could be able to feed itself in as early as five years, according to Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mutharika is proposing a five-year plan, dubbed African Food Basket, that he said will help the region produce enough food to feed its own. The strategy includes providing subsidies to smallholder farmers, improving irrigation systems, distributing sturdy hybrid seeds, building and rehabilitating roads, promoting clean energy sources, and increasing investments in information and communication technologies, Mutharika said, according to Boston University Today.

The president added that the plan includes the establishment of a strategic partnership among African countries with “track records of achievement in promoting agriculture and food security.”

Mutharika explained that the plan will rely on funding from G-8 members, specifically from the USD20 billion worth of agricultural aid they promised to provide to Africa during their conference in 2009.

Mutharika discussed the plan in a teleconference for a recent event in Boston University. He first proposed the plan during the U.N. summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York. 

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