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Bingu double for agricultural reform

Bingu wa Mutharika has helped transform agriculture in Malawi (©FAO/G Napolitano)
Bingu wa Mutharika has helped transform agriculture in Malawi
©FAO/G Napolitano

Malawi's president, Bingu wa Mutharika, has been formally recognised - twice in quick succession - for his government's work to substantially improve agriculture and reduce poverty. Wa Mutharika was awarded FAO's Agricola Medal just one month after receiving the first Food Security Policy Leadership Award by FANRPAN (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network). FANRPAN praised wa Mutharika as being instrumental in bringing about "a unique green revolution for Malawi."

In less than three years, Malawi's Agriculture Input Subsidy Programme has helped the country, previously suffering from dire grain deficits, to become a net exporter of maize, and the initiative has been hailed as a potential model for food security in Africa. At the award ceremony in Lilongwe, FAO director-general Jacques Diouf also cited Malawi as one of the few countries to surpass the 2003 Maputo agreement by African Heads of State and Government to allocate ten per cent of their budgets to agriculture.

Date published: January 2009

 

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