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Second annual ATI Summit sets for Malawi’s Lilongwe on Nov 13….Features William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba (on the right) interacts with one of the Primary students participating in the AgTech challenge

William Kamkwamba (on the right) interacts with one of the Primary students participating in the AgTech challenge

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)The Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) will host its second annual Agricultural Transformation Summit on the 13th to 14th November at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.

ATI Country Director Dr. Candida Nankhumwa in press statement told The Maravi Post that this year’s summit will once again bring together key stakeholders from across the agriculture sector to discuss opportunities for economic diversification in Malawi.

Participants will address the Summit’s theme, “The Role of Inclusive Science, Technology, and Innovation in Driving Agricultural Transformation;” and will also exchange ideas to help smallholder tobacco farmers transition to alternative livelihoods.

“This year, the summit will once again be hosted by renowned journalist Femi Oke, however this time, Best-Selling Author and Malawian William Kamkwambawill be in attendance to give the Keynote Speech and Act as Guest Judge at the Centre for Agriculture Transformation’s AgTech Challenge Science Fairwhich will take place on the 13th of November”,says Nankhumwa.

She adds, “The Agricultural Technical (AgTech) Challenge Science Fair hosted by the Centre for Agriculture Transformation (CAT),will show case primary, secondary and tertiary students who will present their innovations to address challenges faced by Malawian groundnut farmers.

“An expert judge panel will review and select the winning intervention that has the highest chance of commercialization.William Kamkwamba, who is also an inventor and farmer, has been mentoring the students and will act as a guest judge”.

Malawi Agriculture Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa is expected to open the summit.

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