Speaking during a meeting with the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in Germany, Julia Klockner, The Malawian Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Mr Kondwani Nankhumwa has emphasized the need to engage the youth in meaningful agriculture set-up at a an early stage if Africa is to achieve food security in the near future.
Nankhumwa explained that there is little that has been done in Africa to involve youths in agriculture practices, hence the need to partner up with other countries especially from those of the European Union is to a greater extent a necessity.
In her response, Klockner said that the European Union especially, The German Government will consider rendering support to African countries to make sure that there is full engagement of the youth in Agriculture.
Mr Nankhumwa further discussed on the need for improved Africa and European Union Trade Interlinkages especially on Agriculture products. He explained that if trade interlinkages between Africa and European Union does not improve, farmers in Africa will continue producing less yields without any notable benefits.
Klockner highlighted the need for rapid policy implementation on trade, if the two regions are to achieve a win-win situation.
Mr Nankhumwa is among the 74 Agriculture Ministers at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offices attending the 12th Berlin Agriculture Ministers meeting on 18th January 2020.
Among some of the issues on the agenda at the 12th Agriculture Ministers Conference include adoption of the Comminique on Agriculture, on issues of Fair Rules in Agricultural Trade, Trade for Global Food Security, Inclusive, Sustainable and Safe Value Chains and Trade for Agriculture Development.
Malawi is committed to the goals of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In particular the goals on Zero Hunger (SDG2) and partnerships for the goals (SDG17) is of paramount concern.
The 12th Agriculture Ministers Meeting is part of the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture conference, which is held in Berlin, Germany annually. This year the conference is being held under the theme,
Food for All:Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition.