A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Malawi: the bad pupil of international institutions, a model for Africa.

03 November 2008



At a time when food insecurity threatens a growing number of countries around the world, the example of Malawi brings a glimmer of hope. Only three years ago, this little country in southern Africa was far from food self-sufficiency. But Malawian agriculture changed after a severe famine in 2005 which, affecting close to 5 million people (or 40% of the population), forced the Malawi government to import 400 000 tons of corn. Since then, the government changed its policy: scorning recommendations from international institutions, it set up an agricultural subsidies programme aimed at facilitating the population’s access to seeds and fertilizers. Two years later, national corn production reached 3,6 million tons, or twice the level of food self-sufficiency and Malawi became a net exporter. Production surpluses also allowed Malawi to be one of the rare countries in Africa to take an active role in the struggle against hunger during the recent food crisis; it made it’s free contribution to the WFP as well as to Lesotho and Swaziland, severely affected by the drought and the price hikes.

Today, Malawi devotes close to 14% of its budget to agriculture (approximately 106 million Euros) and is one of the few countries in Africa to consider this sector a priority. Hence, not only is the country’s food security guaranteed, but it also posts a 7% annual economic growth rate, largely attributed to the agricultural sector.

Malawi is one more example which reinforces the strategic importance of agriculture in developing countries but also the need for active agricultural policies to secure development and fight against food insecurity.

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