On August 3rd, SMP members, partners and stakeholders attended a meeting looking at Scotland-Malawi joint-working in food security, agriculture and associated areas, which included land ownership, nutrition, irrigation, water resource management, etc. We were delighted to be joined by Timothy Gondwe, visiting Professor from Malawi at Scotland's Rural College.
Professor Gondwe gave a presentation on Agriculture and Food Security in Malawi, which can be viewed here.
The meeting set 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.