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 HAS NEW NATIONAL DIRECTOR, PAMELA KUWALI

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Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has a new National Director, Pamela Kuwali, with effect from 19th April 2017.

She replaces Tamani Nkhono-Mvula who has successfully worked as National Director for the organisation for the past five years.

Kuwali is a development practitioner by profession with several years of experience at a number of organisations in leadership and program management.  Her most recent assignment was with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs, Malawi Office.  Prior to NDI, Kuwali worked with the United Nations (UN) World Food Program. She also worked for the Public Affairs Section, Embassy of United States in Malawi.

Kuwali received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Development from University of Birmingham, UK in 2009 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Malawi in 1999.  Her Msc research thesis was entitled: Challenges of Policy Design and Implementation; The Case of Agriculture and Food Security in Malawi. She also holds several certificates in policy advocacy, development outreach and communication, and public diplomacy from various international institutions including the US State Department Foreign Service Institute in Washington D.C.

Kuwali says her great passion in agriculture and food security will add value to farmers and all other stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

Kuwali said: “There is so much potential in the agriculture sector and together we can work towards the change we want to see. Am greatly honored to be offered this position and I look forward to working with the entire CISANET family and its stakeholders for the benefit of all Malawians”.

In his remarks, the outgoing National Director, Nkhono-Mvula, thanked the organisation saying he has learnt a lot and gained more knowledge through it in as afar as agriculture sector is concerned.

“I am leaving the organisation, a happy person because of the experience I have gained. I have learnt a lot through my position as National Director. I am very thankful to the staff members, the board and all the stakeholders for the support they gave me as the National Director of CISANET. I urge all the stakeholders to give support to the incoming National Director,” he said.

CISANET is a policy advocacy organisation, working on agriculture and food security policy issues affecting not only the smallholder farmers but generally the poor people and their livelihoods. CISANET was incorporated under the Trustees incorporation Act of 1964 on 23rd January 2005. CISANET’s work mostly centres on two key policy areas. Firstly, policy advocacy is the central part of CISANET work. Under policy advocacy, CISANET works on Livestock and Dairy Development, Marketing and International Trade, Climate Smart Agriculture, Budget Accountability program, and Nutrition and Social Protection issues as its central thematic foci. However,

CISANET also focuses on the general food security support policy issues. Secondly, under the networking objective, CISANET works with its members at both national and district level to share information on food security issues.