NFRA and WFP Forge Partnership: A Strategic Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Food Security in Malawi

The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and the World Food Program (WFP) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking a significant step towards collaborative efforts in enhancing food security. The MoU aims to establish a robust framework for cooperation between the two entities, focusing on achieving common objectives that include:

  • Strengthening the human resources capacity of NFRA to enable efficient responses to both humanitarian and market demands.
  • Enhancing NFRA’s business processes through improved infrastructure management and digitalization efforts.
  • Implementing transparent and accountable grain management practices.

This partnership underscores a shared commitment to ensuring adequate food reserves for Malawi, promising a brighter future for the nation’s food security landscape.

Speaking during the ceremony, WFP country director Paul Turnbull said there is urgent need to empower NFRA to  respond to humanitarian and market needs as well as ensure that strategies and actions directly benefit those who need them most.

He said the MoU will revolutionise NFRA’s business processes by improving infrastructure management and ensuring that it embraces digitalisation and that its operations are more efficient and impactful.

Said Turnbull: “Leveraging WFP’s technical expertise and knowledge will be instrumental in supporting NFRA in areas of urgent attention.

“This collaboration paves the way for sustainable food systems and helps equip the Government of Malawi to respond to major shocks and food needs in the coming years.”

He further stated that enhancing grain management entails promoting transparency and accountability in grain management.

“This will involve implementing systems that ensure every grain is accounted for to promote trust and integrity in operations.

“NFRA will play a pivotal role in ensuring maize price stability, food availability and functioning as an off-taker for smallholder farmers. This will create a direct and positive impact on the lives of countless Malawians,” said Turnbull.

On his part, NFRA board chairperson Dennis Kalekeni said the MoU was long overdue as the two institutions have for a long time been cooperating on a number of areas of mutual interest aimed at enhancing food security in the country by strengthening the operations of the strategic grain reserve (SGR).

Both WFP and NFRA strive to set Malawi on a sustainable path to food and nutrition security by 2030 and the goal will be achieved through concerted efforts.

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