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, OXFAM, CADECOM PRESENT ADMARC STUDY REPORT TO MPs

A consortium of three prominent civil society organsations namely CISANET, OXFAM in Malawi and CADECOM on Friday presented a report on the State of Maize Availability in ADMARC markets in Malawi to Members of Parliament (MPs).

The event which took place at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe attracted members of two Parliamentary committee, Agriculture, and Statutory Corporations.

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT FOR THE MID-TERM BUDGET REVIEW PARLIAMENT SESSION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY IN MALAWI

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr Allan Chiyembekeza on Monday, 22nd February delievered a Ministerial Statement for the Mid-Term Budget Review on the food situation in the country.

Dr Chiyembekeza told Parliament that as of 9th February, 2016 the maize stock balance with ADMARC at country level was 9,221MT out of which 5,756MT was in the South, 2,807MT was in the Centre and 658MT was in the North.

FOOD SHORTAGES DOMINATE PAC INCLUSIVE CONFERENCE

The current maize situation in the country was one the major critical issues that dominated deliberations during the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) conference that ended Thursday in Blantyre.

Most delegates questioned government’s persistent claims that maize is available in the country’s Admarc markets, reports The Daily Times.