3 Dec, 2018

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Debaters pose with European Union Ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Paesan
Malawi faces significant challenges to feed its population. Given the rapid population growth, this challenge is likely to increase without significant changes in approaches to current food production system. Even when children get enough calories, unless they get all the nutrients they need, they risk suffering from malnutrition and stunting, which already afflicts a huge part of the population and has a very detrimental impact on mental and physical development.

According to Sustainable Development Goal number two, extreme hunger and malnutrition remains a barrier to sustainable development and creates a vicious cycle of low quality life. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. There are nearly 800 million people who suffer from hunger worldwide, the vast majority in developing countries.

In order to contribute to a wider outreach of this agenda, the EU Delegation to Malawi (EUD) organized a debate between selected students from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) which took place on 26th October 2018 at LUANAR NRC Campus.

Dean of Faculty of Food and Human Science at LUANAR, Dr Agnes Mwangwela, thanked EU delegation for engaging LUANAR students to contribute to this important debate as one way of their contribution to fighting against hunger and malnutrition.

In her remarks, European Union Ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Paesan, cited agriculture and nutrition as being central to advancement of the zero hunger goal.

“It is you agronomists, agricultural engineers who can make a change in the zero hunger fight. It is your generation that is tasked with achieving this goal of zero hunger,” she said.

The debate called young people to be part of the fight against hunger in Malawi. This was in recognition of the fact that the youth of Malawi as custodians of the future, should harness the skills and knowledge gained through their education and experience and join in the fight to achieve zero hunger.