Individuell Människohjälp (IM), the Swedish development arm in Malawi, is actively working with local partners to tackle poverty. Last month, IM commemorated 10 years of existence in the country, and 80 globally. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engages Steve Tahuna, IM country director, on the change the fund has impacted on the country’s socio-economic front. Congratulations…

Donors commit K1 trillion to agriculture

  The newly-launched National Agricultural Investment Plan (Naip) has received a boost from the donor community which has committed $1.4 billion (about K1 trillion) to see it through the next five years. Speaking during the launch of the plan in Lilongwe on Wednesday, head of the Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security Marchel Gerrmann,…

Foot and mouth vaccination starts in Neno

  Government has moved to end foot and mouth disease, a contagious viral infection that mostly affects cattle, by conducting a vaccination exercise in the affected areas of Neno and Blantyre districts. The vaccinations started on Friday in Neno and are free of charge.  About ten days ago, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water…

‘Women can also excel in science’

  Malawi African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Maward) says the institutions mentorship programmes in the sub-Saharan region have proved that women are capable of excelling in sciences. Maward vice-chairperson S’busisiwe Kamanga-Limuwa said this yesterday during the launch of the chapter, which is affiliated to the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Award)…

‘Women can also excel in science’

Malawi African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Maward) says the institutions mentorship programmes in the sub-Saharan region have proved that women are capable of excelling in sciences. Maward vice-chairperson S’busisiwe Kamanga-Limuwa said this yesterday during the launch of the chapter, which is affiliated to the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Award) at…

Mayors Forum discusses sustainable cities

  The ongoing International Mayors Forum in Lilongwe has seen participants committing to promote sustainable cities worldwide by 2030. Speaking on Wednesday during the opening of  the summit which attracted about 100 city mayors and leaders, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said Malawi is one of the fastest urbanising countries in…

New grain technology excites govt

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has challenged innovators to come up with more technologies aimed at cutting post-harvest losses that currently stand at 25 percent. Director of Crop Development in the ministry Godfrey Ching’oma say the ministry is ready to welcome any “simple, effective and low cost solutions” to help curb losses…

‘Malawi on course to reduce stunting’

  Malawi is on course to reduce some key nutrition indicators, including stunting levels, a new survey has shown. According to the Department of Nutrition, HIV and Aids director Felix Pensulo, an unpublished national end-line survey of 2018 indicates that the country has scaled down stunting to 36.4 percent. He said: “This is a further…

MBC should serve Malawians better—Chinese envoy

The Chinese Ambassador Shi Ting Wang has urged State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to consider “expanding its horizon so as to serve Malawians better.” Wang, who winds up his tour of duty this month, said the broadcaster is key in enhancing the bilateral relations between Malawi and China further by becoming more relevant to…

More pressure to  reverse K4bn funding

  Eight opposition parties outside Parliament have joined the groups calling for corruption investigations and reversal of the decision to allocate K4 billion to parliamentarians during the Mid-Term Budget Review Meeting. The parties: People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), National Unity Party (NUP), New Labour Party (NLP) People’s Transformation Party…

Graça Machel challenges nutrition players on action

  Graça Machel Trust founder and chairperson Graça Machel has urged stakeholders in the country’s nutrition sector to consider migrating from mere advocates to becoming action-oriented. Machel was speaking yesterday in Lilongwe during a high-level dialogue on the state of malnutrition in Malawi themed Time for Accelerated Action. Addressing Civil Society Organisation for Nutrition Alliance…

‘We anticipate  clean 2019 polls’

Following the departure of Mia Seppo in September last year, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malawi last month welcomed new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Maria Jose Torres Macho. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA had a chat with the new UN chief on her first day in office and in this interview;…

ICT Ministry launches website

  Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Nicholas Dausi on Wednesday launched the ministry’s official website in Lilongwe. Speaking when he launched the website www.ict.gov.mw with the Department of e-Government in Lilongwe, Dausi said the website will, among other things, help create trust between government and citizens. He said a government website can be…

Water Mission joins cholera fight

  Water Mission Malawi has joined the cholera fight by donating medical supplies and other relief items worth about K30 million to the Lilongwe District Health Office. The donated items include 10 000 sachets of oral rehydration salts, 100 tins of chlorine, and 250 cartons of tablet laundry soap. Speaking during the handover ceremony on…

‘Let’s be bold in  fighting corruption’

After 12 months at the helm, Khumbo Soko leaves office this month-end as Malawi Law Society president. The 32-year-old became MLS president at a challenging time, when reports of lawyers malfeasance were high. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged SOKO on the experience of leading such a prestigious institution and also some of the stand-out legal…

Corruption will soon overwhelm us –MLS president 

Out-going Malawi Law Society (MLS) president Khumbo Soko has warned that unless Malawi takes some radical path in curbing corruption, the fight against corruption will remain lip-service. In an exclusive interview on Thursday with Nation Online, Soko said there still remains a massive room for improvement not only in interventions that will prevent corruption from…