Expert says long-term planning and strategic thinking key to food security in Malawi

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Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

Six years ago, Malawi was reaping praise for its policies that helped combat hunger by subsidizing maize production.

But a UN human rights expert says lack of investment in other areas, notably in soil health and in developing irrigation techniques, means the country is still plagued by food insecurity.

Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, has just concluded an 11-day mission to the landlocked nation where more than 50 per cent of the population lives in poverty.

UN Radio's Patrick Maigua inGeneva asked him about shortcomings in tackling hunger there and what improvements can be made.

Duration: 4’29″

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