Mutharika, former Ireland President discuss climate issues

President Peter Mutharika interacts with the former Irish President Mary Robinson at Kamuzu Palace on tuesday-Pic By Stanley Makuti

The Mary Robinson Foundation (MRF) and President Professor Peter Mutharika have said there is need for more resources towards building resilience to avert climate change effects.

Mutharika had an audience with MRF delegation led by former Ireland president Mary Robinson on Tuesday evening at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

The two discussed how Malawi could benefit from the foundation in the fight against climate change.

“We need expertise in climate change as we are building resilience on the same. We are emphasizing on the need to grow drought resistant crops such as cassava and sweet potatoes as well as promoting the greenbelt irrigation in the agricultural sector,” said Mutharika.

Speaking to journalists after the audience with the Malawi leader, MRF Founder and President, Robinson, said climate change and climate justice are significant issues which need urgent attention.

“Climate change and climate justice issues are significant which means we have to pay attention to them and have more focus on financing for development and financing for building resilience for climate change,” said Robinson who is former President of Ireland.

President Peter Mutharika in audince with with the former Irish President Mary Robinson at Kamuzu Palace on tuesday. Pic by Stanley Makuti

Robinson said climate change injustices are affecting poor communities in developing countries whose effects are sometimes hard to recover from.

“Not only is climate injustice affecting poor communities in developing countries, but also in developed countries. For example, the cyclone storm which hit the United States, it was the poor communities which were heavily affected,” she said.

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi, commended the delegation for paying a courtesy call to Mutharika saying their visit would benefit the country as far as climate change and climate justices are concerned.

“Malawi will benefit a lot from this delegation and the Community Based Adaptation (CBA) 12 Conference as the delegation has come with expertise in areas where Malawi is not doing well and needs that expertise either through financing or capacity building,” he said.

The MRF delegation was attending the CBA 12 conference in Lilongwe. (By Patricia Kapulula)

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