Political meetings and a closer look at how Norwegian aid contributes, are on the agenda when Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF/Christian Democratic Party) travels to Malawi.
The minister will visit a large number of Norwegian-supported projects that will make farmers and agricultural players in the country better equipped to cope with floods and droughts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states.
A key word for the trip is climate-adapted agriculture. Ulstein will visit the African country from January 20-24.
During the visit, the Minister of International Development will be responsible for the official opening of a new Norwegian-funded university building at Malawi’s agricultural university, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more than 20 years, the University has collaborated with the Norwegian University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Ås.
Norway has had development cooperation with Malawi for over 20 years. One third of the aid is directed towards measures that will enable the country to feed its own population.
“Malawi is a good example of countries where Norwegian expertise in agricultural institutions is crucial for the world’s poorest countries to be able to make progress. I look forward to learning more about how we can contribute more,” says Ulstein.
He is scheduled to meet the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Education in the country.
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