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U.S. and Bunda Colleges Sign MOU

Ambassador Sherman (standing) witnesses the agreement signing by Ambassador Jackson (right) and Bunda College Principal Professor Moses Kwapata (left)

Ambassador Sherman (standing) witnesses the agreement signing by Ambassador Jackson (right) and Bunda College Principal Professor Moses Kwapata (left)

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman visited Bunda College of Agriculture in Lilongwe on March 8 during her brief stay in Malawi.  The visit celebrated the past, present and future partnership between the U.S. and Bunda.  The U.S. helped found Malawi's top agriculture school in the 1960s and the collaboration continues through President Obama’s Feed the Future and Global Climate Change Initiatives.

Under Secretary Sherman delivered remarks to students, faculty and media on the U.S. government’s longstanding partnership with the institution.  She also presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing these joint efforts in agriculture research, including biotechnology. U.S Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson and the Principal of Bunda College Professor Moses Kwapata signed the MOU.

In her remarks, Ambassador Sherman encouraged students and faculty to maintain Bunda’s high quality of education and extend collaboration into new areas of agriculture including biotechnology. Sherman described Bunda College as a vibrant symbol of U.S-Malawian cooperation.  The MOU will strengthen technical and material support to all faculties of the institution as well as affiliation of the college to renowned U.S. universities. 

Feed the Future is one of President Obama’s signature initiatives through which the United States is focusing support to agriculture development. Feed the Future highlights the importance of building institutional capacity and agriculture education in order to promote development … and Bunda College is central to those goals.