Malawians have a say on how to end hunger

19th October 2018: Representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society organisations; the international community and traditional authorities in August met in Lilongwe at a round-table event which challenged them to look at the problems that Malawi is facing and look at possible solutions that would propel the country to achieve SDG 2 by the year 2030.

Leading the team, Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara tasked participants to the roundtable to keep in mind that the only acceptable number of hungry Malawians is “ZERO” and that it was important that hunger in Malawi should be eliminated at all cost; food security should be achieved and nutrition improved, and sustainable agriculture promoted if the country is to develop sustainably.

He noted that food insecurity and malnutrition in Malawi have stood in the way of the country’s development as a nation and continue to place Malawi amongst the least performing countries in the world in this respect and challenged everyone to play a part in ensuring an end to hunger.

“As we all know, the obligation to ensure a Malawi free of hunger and malnutrition is a collective responsibility involving the Government, Private Sector, NGO’s, Civil Society, Development Partners and Communities,” said Muhara.

The UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres stressed that coordinated approaches are needed to achieving Zero Hunger and ending malnutrition in Malawi.

Torres noted that no single institution can end hunger and child malnutrition on its own. This is because food insecurity is a result of multiple factors which require multi-sectoral solutions to deal with both immediate and underlying causes.

The Lead Convener of the Strategic Review, former Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Justin Malewezi, urged participants to the national roundtable to critically look at game changers that will enable Malawi catalyse action towards SDG 2 by 2030.

The recommendations that emerge from the deliberations will inform policy initiatives within Malawi to 2030 and beyond to foster action on nutrition and food security, backed by evidence from trend analyses, models, policy reviews, institutional response and consultations.

The Malawi Zero Hunger and Malnutrition Strategic Review (ZHMSR) process will be conducted through 2018 over a period of about one year, with a final set of recommendations to be published by the Advisory Board in the first quarter of 2019.

The review process establishes a hunger baseline, determines gaps in the national food security and nutrition response and identifies priority actions needed to achieve SDG2.

The Zero Hunger and Malnutrition Strategic Review process in Malawi is a government-led, independent, analytical and consultative exercise to identify the key challenges that the country faces in achieving the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2), which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture or, in short, to achieve Zero Hunger and Malnutrition by 2030.