LIVESTOCK, AQUACULTURE AND DAIRY DEVELOPMENT

This is an area that CISANET feels has a lot of potential if fully supported by Government, in terms of budgetary allocation, extension and other services provision and also capacity building.

NUTRITION AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

Nutrition is directly linked to food security. However there isn’t much policy and programme interaction between the two. Over the past five years, Malawi has had a food surplus; however that has not translated into a major improvement in the nutrition status of the population.

IRRIGATION AND CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Climate change is affecting agricultural productivity in Malawi. CISANET is taking a lead in making sure that agricultural policies and programmes are climate smart.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE BUDGET LOBBY AND ANALYSIS

CISANET has been conducting the national agriculture budget analysis since its inception. These analyses have been used to enlighten and also challenge Members of Parliament (MPs) before they go into Parliament and also some Ministers especially for the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Development.

VALUE CHAINS DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

This theme is based on the challenges the smallholder farmers are facing in the wake of the ‘collapse’ of ADMARC which provided a market outlet for farmers in Malawi. After this collapse, market access for smallholder farmers has been a perennial challenge.

CISANET CONDUCTS SELF ORGANISATION CAPACITY ASSESSMENT

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Group photoThe Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) on Monday and Tuesday conducted a self-Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA) to contribute to the overall assessment of CISANET as regards to critical elements for effective organisational management and network functioning.

The workshop was held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe and was facilitated by consultant Ulemu Chiluzi.Session photo
CISANET partnered with Alliance to End Hunger, a United States (US) based membership coalition. The Alliance to End Hunger engages institutions to build the public and the political will to end hunger at home in US and abroad.
Through the National Alliance Partnership Program (NAPP), the alliance worked to enhance capacities of civil society coalitions to be able to engage/negotiate with their respective governments on food security, agricultural, and nutrition policy processes to end hunger and malnutrition.
Through the closeout OCA, CISANET assessed its capacity since the baseline assessment and period of engagement with NAPP.
The aim of the workshop was to provide expert facilitation for a process of self-reflection and institutional self-assessment using a tool called the Self-Assessment Workbook for Network Organisations (SAW).
The assignment process involved workshop facilitation using OCA and compilation of the final report. The OCA tool was used to assess CISANET the critical elements for effective organisational management and network functioning.
This process looked into eight major areas: Governance; Administration; Human Resources; Financial Management; Program Management; Network Capacities and Policy Analysis and Advocacy.
The result will enable CISANET enable learning, foster team sharing, and encourage reflective self-assessment within network organisations. The consultant will not only compile the findings of the workshop in the final report but also the on-going assessment that is being currently undertaken by Alliance to End Hunger through the National Alliance the National Partnership Program.
NAPP, the U.S.-based Alliance to End Hunger forms partnerships with current or nascent Civil Societies/Alliance organizations in six developing nations (Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Guatemala and Ghana) to help them build their organizational and financial capacity; diversify their coalitions, with particular emphasis on engaging farmers’ organizations; and increase their capacity for advocacy and policy analysis in the areas of agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Beyond these sector-specific goals, the NAPP endeavors to create an ongoing space for civil society to engage with government at all levels to encourage responsiveness, transparency and accountability in all human development activities. The NAPP is a USAID funded 3 years program.