5 Sep, 2018

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Deal sealed. LUANAR VC shaking hands with FRT Acting Executive Director soon after signing
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and Farm Radio Trust (FRT) on Thursday 30th August 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding on scientific and outreach collaboration in the implementation of information and communication technology (ICT)-based agricultural extension and advisory services.

For many years the Government of Malawi under the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) has emphasized and focused efforts on technology development and transfer for farmers to improve agricultural productivity and attain food security which are critical aspects of the work of LUANAR and FRT respectively.

Speaking during the MOU signing ceremony at LUANAR FRT Acting Executive Director Mr. George Limbika Vilili said the partnership aims at fostering collaboration; provide opportunity for research and development continuum.
“In addition the MoU aims at facilitating advancement of knowledge on the basis of reciprocity, best efforts and mutual benefit in the advancement of the role of ICTs for agricultural extension and advisory services in Malawi and beyond. As well as to enhance opportunities for specific contractual agreements on different initiatives that shall emanate from this partnership agreement,” said Mr Vilili.

He added that the MoU will focus on the areas of scientific and research collaboration; academic and human skills capacity building and outreach and impact programming in ICT-based extension and advisory services.
In a sideline interview LUANAR Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri said the MoU will enhance sharing of information between the two institutions.

He said LUANAR generates information, new knowledge and innovations through research which needs to reach out to farmers saying this why the MoU is vital as FRT will be able to share the information to the farmers.

“Through the MoU we shall be able to hold joint seminars, conferences, workshops and short term continuing education programs on topics of mutual interest as well as joint proposal development and engagement in research or training programs among others,” said Professor Kanyama Phiri.

He further said the MoU will enhance access to agricultural information and technologies by communities through various ICTs.

The partnership will run from August 2018 up to December 2021.