FAO Representative completes assignment in Malawi

Florence Rolle (R) wearing the chitenje cloth she received as a gift from Principal Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Esmie Kainja (L)

Lilongwe, 29th March 2018: The Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Ms. Florence Rolle, has completed her assignment in Malawi after about four and half years of tour of duty. She started her work in Malawi in 2013.

Speaking at her farewell function on yesterday, 28th March, Ms. Rolle said she was delighted that Malawi has the necessary natural and human resources to achieve long-term food security and sustainable development.

UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Maria Jose Torres, said Ms. Rolle significantly contributed towards advancing UN work in Malawi through FAO programmes and joint work with other UN agencies, citing her efforts to support development and adoption of the National Resilience Strategy that aims to build resilience against climate change.

Representing the Government of Malawi, Minister of Health, Hon. Atupele Muluzi, also said Ms. Rolle played a crucial role in supporting the government to enact land laws that, among others, promote women’s land rights.

“For the first time in Malawi, women have the same rights as men when it comes to land issues,” said Muluzi.

Here is the farewell event in pictures:

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