WORLD BANK URGES MALAWI TO INVEST IN AGRICULTURAL RESILIENCE TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2017

GroundnutsLILONGWE, June 29, 2016— Malawi needs to develop a better system to mitigate agricultural shocks while continuing fiscal discipline to set itself on an economic growth recovery path in 2017. This is the message of the third Malawi Economic Monitor (MEM) titled Absorbing Shocks, Building Resilience released today by the World Bank.

CATHOLIC BISHOP’S STATEMENT ON MALAWI FOOD INSECURITY CRISIS

Bishop MsusaWe, the Bishops of the Catholic Church in Malawi, having reflected on the food insecurity situation in our country, have resolved to make few comments, observations and recommendations on this matter of magnitude importance to God’s creatures wellbeing.

It is disheartening and painful to think of our 6.5 million brothers and sisters in Christ, who the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee Report (MVAC, 2016) has indicated as needing humanitarian assistance for them to continue living a dignified life.

THE 2016/17 NATIONAL BUDGET IS RESPONDING TO FOOD CRISIS-CISANET

Woman carries relief maizeThe 2016/2017 agriculture budget is probably the most unique budget in the past 10 years, in its design and also priorities, writes CISANET National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula.

We have seen in this budget a reduction in allocation to the ‘sacred’ Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) as a percentage of the whole agriculture budget by about 50% from MK60 billion in the 2015/2016 budget to MK31 billion.