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.

MOTHS DESTROYING TOMATO CROPS IN MZIMBA, DRIVING UP PRICES

A tomato farmer explains to journalists on the leaf miner mothThere are some disturbing developments for tomato producing farmers in Jenda area in Mzimba as their popular crop of choice, grown as a cash crop, is under siege from pests. The fruit becomes inedible.

Agriculturalists and scientists have identified the pests as leaf miners. The leaf miners, which literally mine through tomato fruits and leaves, have sent farmers into a panic mode because they have to dig deeper to get pesticides for spray.

ADMARC SHOULD BUY MAIZE DIRECTLY FROM FARMERS AND NOT PRIVATE TRADERS

Tamani Nkhono-Mvula CISANET National DirectorPRESS STATEMENT

Lilongwe, 7th April, 2016: CISANET has noted with gratitude the pro-activeness that ADMARC has undertaken by budgeting funds for the procurement of 150,000 metric tonnes of the 2015/2016 season for human consumption while maize is available on the market.

It is also worth mentioning that sourcing the maize locally will save the country of the much needed foreign exchange as huge volumes of the same were exported to neighbouring countries as ADMARC tried to fill in the gap of the maize shortage of the 2014/2015 season.

DECLARATION OF A STATE OF NATIONAL DISASTER

wilting maize

President Professor Peter Mutharika on Tuesday, 12th April declared a State of National Disaster in Malawi.The President attributed it to the prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 farming season.

Here is the full statement the President made
As you are aware, the 2015/2016 season has been greatly affected by strong El Nino conditions, resulting in erratic rains across most parts of the country.