On 17th June 2017, our SANBio Student Ambassador for Malawi, Kareem Longwe, together with his team visited Tikondwe Freedom Gardens in Dowa district. Tikondwe Freedom Gardens, established in 1982, is an innovative development venture that uses traditional agricultural methods to enhance sustainable food security in rural Malawi.
Lilongwe-based agro-dealer Fannie Gondwe won the 2017 Female Biosciences Business (FemBioBiz) Acceleration Programme’s local competition in Malawi.
Mrs Gondwe will join other top performers who will have the opportunity to meet investors, business experts and potential mentors, as well as visit Cape Town to participate in the Innovation Summit 2017. She will also be flown to South Africa in July 2017 to represent Malawi at the regional FemBioBiz bootcamp.
NEPAD-SANBio hosted a side event at the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 on the 19th of October 2016 under the theme “Innovating Sustainable Partnerships in Nutrition”. The objective of the side event was to share ideas on novel partnerships for advancing the scaling-up of technologies, funding and models of coordinating research in the SADC region. The side event attracted more than 60 participants.
It is said that the youth are the future of food security. Around the world, relatively few young people are involved in agriculture. With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and unemployment for youth is a growing concern: youth account for 60 per cent of all African unemployed, according to the World Bank.
"Malawi is currently facing uncountable challenges ranging from food insecurity, malnutrition, forex, intermittent power supply, and water shortages. Climate change and population growth is predicted to make the problems worse in Malawi. Biosciences can play a vital role in improving the livelihoods and well-being of the communities,” explains Kareem Longwe, SANBio’s first Student Ambassador.
Often times donor agencies come to Africa, invest money in programmes, and when they leave – everything linked to the programmes stops, or so it often seems. Some have argued that such aid does more harm than good. It is often said that it is better to teach a person to fish than to give them fish – and indeed in many cases this is true: giving handouts can result in a dependency culture.