Dr. Saulos Chilima, Vice President of Malawi and Compact2025 Leadership Council member, wrote on op-ed on the actions urgently required for Malawi to move from humanitarian relief to food system resilience. The article draws from Chilima’s keynote address at IFPRI’s recent Compact2025 Forum in Lilongwe and emphasizes five key points:
- Identify successful programs to be scaled up and search for synergies across programs that can accelerate gains;
- Share knowledge and experiences widely to help government, development partners, the private sector, and civil society make evidence-based investment decisions;
- Take a multi-sectoral approach; scaling up siloed programs will not be sufficient to break the cycle of hunger and relief response in Malawi;
- Ensure that resilience does not become a buzzword.
Chilima, who also serves as Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, urged that “Resilience is no longer a ‘talk show’, but a priority for action.” Compact2025 will continue to support Malawi with evidence, data, and innovation to “break the cycle” and move toward long-term resilience.
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