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.
I am delighted to be here today to officially open the 2017 tobacco marketing season. This year’s tobacco growing season has been favoured with good weather patterns, suitable for tobacco and other crops. We have seen a beautiful crop on the selling floors. We have seen the harvest is of good quality that raises hope.
Mzimba South Civil Society Organisations Network (Mzisonet) says Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) met a lot of challenges in the 2016/2017 growing season and this will contribute to poor crop production in some households in the district.