Written By Enock Balakasi
Malawi on Tuesday successfully hosted the second Malabo Montpellier Forum in Lilongwe with the main speakers calling upon African countries to invest in farm machinery for improved agricultural production.
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Dr Emmanuel Fabiano co-chaired the meeting together with Benin Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cossi Gaston Dossouhou.
The forum was held under the theme: “Mechanized–Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains”
The Malabo Montpellier 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.
Fabiano acknowledged the call, promising that Malawi will increase her pace of agriculture mechanisation to boost food production as expected by the Malabo declaration.
“As population grows we also need to increase food product and mechanisation is one way of increasing food production. But its not just enough producing the food , we must also manage in such a way we minimize loses in the food, ” says Fabiono.
“It is critical that African Governments in collaboration with other stakeholders , should step up and
harness the opportunities that mechanical agriculture has to to offer,” added Fabiano.
In his remarks, Dr Josefa Leonel Sacko from the African Union urged African countries to increase budgetary allocation towards procurement of farm machinery, saying this will demonstrate high level commitment.
” The Malabo Forum is crucial in uplifting Africa farmers to produce agriculture commodities sustainably , smarter, faster and in large quantities. It will empower African farmers to become competitive and engage in mechanical farming,” says Dr Josefa.
The Malabo Montpellier Panel consists of 17 leading African and European
experts working to promote evidence and dialogue to help advance the African
Under the Malabo Declaration’s expanded
Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). It
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.