Lilongwe-(MaraviPost) – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo  Nwanze has scheduled to visit two developing nations; Malawi and Mozambique with an aim of appreciating effects of climate change including El Niño and La Niña.

The IFAD President Nwanze will visit Malawi and Mozambique from January 30 to February 1 and February 1 to 3, 2019 respectively.

According to a press statement released on Friday, made available to Maravi Post, during the visit to Malawi, Nwanze will meet with President Peter Mutharika and key officials including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Finance, Economic Planning and Development; Agriculture, Irrigation and Water
Development; Local Government and Rural Development; as well as representatives of development partners working in Malawi.

Nwanze is also expected to visit two IFAD- supported projects: the Rural Livelihoods and Economic Enhancement.

In Malawi, since 1981, IFAD has financed 12 programs and projects in the country worth $441.4 million, of which IFAD has contributed $224.9 million, directly benefiting more than 1.4 million rural households.

In Mozambique, IFAD President will meet with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and key officials, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Economy and Finance; Agriculture and Food Security; as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Mozambique and representatives of development partners working in Mozambique.

He will also undertake a field trip to the area affected by the latest El Niño where IFAD is supporting the Pro-poor Value Chain Development Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL).

Nwanze is expected to meet with smallholder farmers and discuss the impact of the project on their livelihoods. He will also officially open the IFAD Country Office in Maputo.
In Mozambique, IFAD started operations in 1983 and has financed 12 programs and projects in the country for a total value of US$400.2 million, of which IFAD has contributed $243.9 million, directly benefiting more than 2.1 million rural households.

In both capitals, discussions will focus on investment in agriculture, climate change, rural development, including access to rural finance services, food and nutrition security and youth employment in rural
areas.

Nwanze’s address ahead of these tours emphasized the need for leaders to invest in the resilience of smallholder farmers in a bid to maintain the food security gains now being threatened by the after
effects of El Niño and La Niña.

He observed that climate change is eroding the gains that the countries of east and southern Africa such as Mozambique and Malawi had made in poverty reduction and food security saying rural populations, particularly smallholder farmers, women and young people are the most affected.

“Investing in the resilience of small family farms is investing in the resilience of food systems, the resilience of communities, and the strength of nations. In this era of climate change, the shocks that poor rural people face are multiplying. At IFAD, we work to improve the ability of poor rural people to manage a growing set of risks in a rapidly changing world.

“If we do not channel our investments to the rural areas of the countries affected by El Niño and La Niña now, smallholder farmers, particularly young people, may leave their communities and migrate to urban areas or abroad in search of elusive work opportunities, thus compromising food security”, Nwanze said.

IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

The institution invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience.

Since 1978, IFAD has provided about US$18.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 464 million people.

 

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