US$500 MILLION INVESTED IN MALAWI AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN 2015/16 FY

DCAFS chairperson The Malawi agriculture sector is enjoying a massive investment of about $500 million in the 2015/16 financial year, running from July to June, but the question is whether the sector will get the maximum return from the investment.

The donor contribution to the sector is estimated at $265 million, while the government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have injected $170 million and $46 million, respectively.

STATUS OF THE CURRENT GROWING SEASON

FLOODSMalawi has from late December 2014 to the second week of January 2015, experienced heavy rainstorms and floods hitting 15 out of the 28 districts in Malawi (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Rumphi, Karonga, Thyolo, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Balaka, Salima and Blantyre).

SMALLHOLDER FARMERS NEED TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF AGRICULTURE POLICY REFORMS

Tamani and Chadza during the press briefingGovernment policies aiming to transform the agriculture sector will only have greater success in poverty reduction if they are developed with the participation of smallholder farmers and their representative organisations.

The observation is carried in a report released by the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), and co-published by Concern Universal and the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) and Christian Aid focusing mainly on the interventions following the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Initiative launched in 2012.