Malawi VP Chilima delighted with honour to serve as co-chair for African forum on agriculture and Food Security

State Vice President  Saulos Chilima has reacted with delight to  his appointment as  as co-chair of on the Malabo Montpellier Forum which c onsists of 17 leading African and European experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition, public policy and global development.

Chilima excited with honour to raise the potential of agriculture sector

The forum provides a platform for decision makers at the highest level of government to review the evidence on progress that is being achieved on the ground towards meeting key agriculture and food security goals and exchange on lessons and strategies to foster positive change across all African countries.

Chilima has been named co-chair together  with  Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, Minister of State for Planning and Development of the Republic of Benin.

“I am delighted to be co-chairing this Forum to support the members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and invited experts to make a real difference to the lives of people across Africa,” said Chilima in a statement issued by the panel.

“We have an opportunity here to help realise the potential of the agriculture sector and learn lessons from the success we see all around us for a more prosperous future”  added Chilima.

Meetings of the Forum are guided by the technical reports prepared by the members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel

Its works focuses on facilitating access to high quality technical evidence to inform policy choices that accelerate progress towards the goals set out in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Malabo Declaration, adopted by 54 African governments in 2014, commits signatory countries to halve the number of people in poverty by 2025 through inclusive agricultural growth that creates job opportunities for young people and women.

The Panel and Forum support the realization of the above goals by facilitating dialogue at the highest level around latest research findings and technical evidence to advance agricultural and growth strategies in Africa.

Ousmane Badiane, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel says they have been “very fortunate” to receive the backing of Chilima and Bio-Tchané.

“With their leadership, I am confident that the Forum will make significant contribution to the African agenda as set out by the Heads of State in the Malabo declaration and AU Agenda 2063,” he said.

The two champions will chair the inaugural Forum’s meeting this November in Cotonou, Benin.

Chilima is a trained economist and politician who has been Vice President of Malawi since June 2014. Before joining politics, he held key leadership positions in various multi-national companies including Unilever, Coca-Cola and Airtel Malawi.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) degree and a Master of Science (Economics) degree, both from Chancellor College of the University of Malawi and a PhD from the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom.


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3 years ago

We already know what needs to be done to alleviate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has been discussed in numerous forums and have excellent solutions on paper that have never been or poorly implemented. Not sure if another forum on agriculture and food security is the solution. Lets get real people!!

3 years ago

Being the poorest country on the planet i would expect our presidents to be the busiest people trying to turn around our economy but the VP has even the time to co chair another institution? He would have been the first to say No to the offer as his country needs his time 200% .Jesus. Please take over the wheels we need more samaritans to save the lives of the poor kids in the villages as we have failed the nation as leaders.

3 years ago

That’s great but will have little impact on Malawi because of the political climate. It will be difficult for him to penetrate The DPP brickwall. DPP gurus are against anything that elevates/solidifies Saulos Chilima’s status

3 years ago

Yea. Its good for his health.

3 years ago

VP paired with Minister of Benin? My foot

3 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

Kikkkkk!! this means these people they are taking us as if we don’t have head of state and the vice, this is an insult to us!!

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