Food insecurity remains high in Malawi: Human rights expertListen /
Malawi's ambitious efforts to strengthen food security over recent years have been praised, notably its policy to increase domestic crop production by subsidizing inputs such as fertilizer and seeds.
Word of this comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter.
But he says "food insecurity remains high, affecting some two million Malawians, while challenges remain in terms of soil infertility, inequitable land distribution and other structural causes of poverty and hunger."
Speaking ahead of his visit to Malawi which begins on Friday 12 July, De Schutter says "it is essential to ask whether the existing approaches are doing enough to realize the right to food of all Malawians, including small-scale food producers and the urban poor, as the country prepares to launch a new phase of agricultural investment under the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition".
The human rights expert's visit which will give particular attention to those who are in vulnerable situations and to the lessons which can be drawn from national policies and programmes, will be the first to the country by an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the right to food worldwide.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.