Flanders and Malawi, 10 years of partnership
In 2007, Flanders and Malawi signed their first Memorandum of Understanding. This cooperation between both governments has, since then, evolved into a strong partnership aimed at improving food security in Malawi.
Together with H.E. Tedson Kalebe, Ambassador of Malawi, and many partners, we look back at past achievements and look at the challenges ahead for Malawi and Flanders' development cooperation.
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The partnership between Flanders and Malawi focuses on agriculture and food security, with special attention for agricultural information. That way, Flanders wants to improve the life situation of Malawian families and contribute to sustainable economic growth and the alleviation of poverty.
As a small but flexible donor, Flanders serves a key actor in this niche. Flanders dares to engage in innovative initiatives. A deliberate choice: according to the Minister-president Bourgeois: “Flanders is able to focus on a limited number of strategic initiatives and create synergies. Other development partners are inspired by our work. We wish to continue our positive track record."
Flanders is already collaborating with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the two Flemish focus aread Mzimba and Kasungu since the very beginning to stimulate agricultural practices through agricultural extension.
Deforestation is a huge problem in Malawi. Agroforestry is internationally recognised as a means to achieve better food security and a higher income for farmers, without putting forests under even greater pressure. ICRAF is working on the integration of forestry into sustainable agricultural practices in view of an improved food production among smallholder farmers.
The third phase of ICRAF started in 2016 and runs up to 2018 for a budget of 1 million euros. With the support of Flanders, Malawi developed into an example of agroforestry in Southern Africa.
In the meantime, other institutions such as the World Bank and the European Union have also expressed their interest in furthering the use of agroforestry in Malawi, thanks to Government of Flanders.
Find here the first Memorandum of Understanding between Malawi and Flanders.
Minister-president Geert Bourgeois visitited the Flemish partner country Malawai during his 11-day mission to Southern Africa. The Flemish delegation was welcomed warmly at its arrival on 18 August by Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister of agriculture and Tedson Kalebe, Ambassador of Malawi in Brussels at Lilongwe Airport.
Malawi and Flanders are already working together for 10 years. To celebrate this partnership President Arthur Mutharika invited Bourgeois on 19 August for an official state dinner at the same evening.