We invite members, partners and stakeholders to attend a meeting looking at Scotland-Malawi joint-working in food security, agriculture and associated areas, including land ownership, nutrition, irrigation, water resource management, etc.
Date: Thursday 3rd August 2017
Time: 9.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Edinburgh City Chambers, Mandela Room
We are delighted to be joined by Timothy Gondwe, visiting Professor from Malawi at Scotland's Rural College. We will listen to our members at this meeting and, if useful, look to sustain the dialogue and potentially have a larger conference at the end of the year.
This meeting sets out to:
(1) Share information about who's doing what between Scotland and Malawi with regards food security, agriculture and associated areas, including land ownership, nutrition, irrigation, water resource management, etc.
(2) Support networking and the sharing of learning, experience and contacts between the key stakeholders working in these areas.
(3) Seek input from a variety of sources in Malawi and Scotland as to strategic priorities in this area - how Scotland's civic links with Malawi can be used to support food security and resilience.
(4) Support the development of new initiatives and collaborations amongst and between members, with an eye to current and forthcoming funding calls which members may wish to apply to [including UKaid Connect (deadline 18 August), UKAid Small Charities Challenge Fund (rolling), Scottish Government's Small Grants Programme (call expected in coming weeks) and Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme (call expected in coming weeks)].
(5) Tap into wider international expertise in these areas.
(6) Experiment with an innovative new modality of working, with as much engaging online content as possible, such that the sharing can continue beyond and after the meeting.
As per (6), we are inviting short (max 3 mins) video inputs from key stakeholders in both Malawi and Scotland:
- highlighting your organisation's work in this area;
- sharing your learning and experience; and/or
- identifying priorities, opportunities or challenges from your perspective.
These video inputs from both countries will be uploaded onto a dedicated SMP web-page, along with key documents and resources.
This page will be regularly updated and will become an interactive hub and online forum, a virtual who's-who for sharing information and contacts. And this way we hope the benefits can be made more scaleable and sustainable.
Our experience is that this open and transparent approach makes best use of everyone's time and means we can continue to make new connections and collaborations for months, even years to come.
Stakeholders can send their videos to us before the meeting (to be played at the meeting), or anytime afterwards. We can also record videos for you if useful on the 3rd August in Edinburgh, either during the meeting itself or in the side-lines.