The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Malawi and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), supported by Irish Aid and USAID, are organizing a high-level policy conference in Lilongwe, Malawi, September 26-27 in order to bring the three sectors together to unleash the potential for agriculture—as a supplier of food, a source of income, and an engine of growth—to sustainably reduce malnutrition and ill-health.
This conference follows from the global conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health,” organized by IFPRI and its 2020 Vision Initiative February 10-12, 2011 in New Delhi, India.
The Lilongwe conference will translate key recommendations from the global conference to the country specific level, evaluating Malawian trends in agriculture, nutrition, and health; reviewing national, regional, and global case studies that have successfully created more synergies between the sectors; and identifying emerging opportunities and strategies for action in Malawi. The conference will focus on Malawi, and an Action Note delineating recommendations and priorities for moving forward will emerge from the event.
Running concurrently with the conference will be a Knowledge Fair, which will provide participants with the opportunity to exchange information and ideas and to share initiatives in and for Malawi through exhibits, posters, and multi-media materials.
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