Malawi unveiled as new partner in food security at G8 London summit

President Dr Joyce Banda on Saturday attended the G8 Food Security and Nutrition Summit in London where Malawi was unveiled as new partners under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

The Food and Nutrition Summit is a strategic partnership arrangement between G8 Nations, African countries and the private sector to look into initiatives to lift the lives of millions of people out of poverty and hunger.

Malawi presented its cooperating framework and made its case to the G8 member and private sector.

Speaking at the event, President Banda said her vision was to eradicate poverty in Malawi and bring incomes in the households of the poor Malawians, saying this was a sure way of beating hunger and its consequences.

She said while Malawi was facing many challenges it still has to focus on what is important.

‘’And nothing can be more important than caring for the health and future of our children,’’ the Malawi leader said.

In summer sunshine day in London, crowds gathered at Hyde Park to demand action on ending world hunger as Prime Minister David Cameron hosted talks on malnutrition.

Speakers included Microsoft founder Bill Gates and “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams – who led a minute’s silence – the Homeland actor David Harewood, were among those who took to the stage at the rally organised by the ‘Enough Food for Everyone — IF” campaign. There was also a video message from David Beckham.

On Friday, President Banda attended the launch of the Nutrition for Growth initiative which promises to beat hunger through business and science.

Under the New partnership, Malawi and other member African countries would benefit from financial resources which would be made available by the developed countries and the private sector.

Malawi President Banda with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy President of Brazil Michel Temer (far left) and other dignitaries at the G8 new alliance for food security summit in London UK on 8th June 2013 ;- Pictures taken by G Mitayi.

Malawi President Banda with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy President of Brazil Michel Temer (far left) and other dignitaries at the G8 new alliance for food security summit in London UK on 8th June 2013 ;- Pictures taken by G Mitayi.

President Banda arrives at her hotel in London and being welcomed by  Malawi Deputy High Commissioner to UK, John Tembo JR

President Banda arrives at her hotel in London and being welcomed by Malawi Deputy High Commissioner to UK, John Tembo JR

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