Malawi to strengthen land governance


The country’s land stakeholders have agreed to ensure land governance issues are mainstreamed in the National Agriculture Investment Plan (Naip).

This was agreed at a workshop convened in Lilongwe by the Africa Land Policy Centre (ALPC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, where stakeholders discussed priority issues and identified roles and responsibilities for ensuring that key issues in the Naip are tackled effectively.

In his remarks, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Charles Msosa informed the stakeholders that the government through Parliament passed all land-related laws, following which his ministry has “put in place the necessary infrastructure such as the development and approval of the subsidiary legislations for Customary Land Act and establishment of a Land Policy Reform Implementation Unit”, whose role is to oversee the implementation of the land reform implementation process in the country.

“Our meeting today signifies the continued collaboration between the Government of Malawi and the African Union Land Policy Initiative,” he said.

For her part, ALPC coordinator Joan Kagwanja commended Malawi for its commitment towards the implementation of the AU Agenda on Land as stipulated in the AU Declaration and Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa.

“Let me thank the two Ministries for making sure that land governance issues are mainstreamed in the NAIP. ALPC will continue to support the implementation of the national land reform process,” she said.


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