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.

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.