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 GRATEFUL TO PARTNERS, STAKEHOLDERS ON SUCCESSFUL 2015 NATIONAL CONFERENCE, AGM AND PUBLIC LECTURE

Tamani Nkhono-MvulaCivil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), a policy advocacy organisation working on agriculture and food security policy issues in Malawi, on 29th and 30th July, 2015 organised National Conference, Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Public Lecture at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.

The National Conference and Public Lecture are a partial fulfillment of CISANET's mandate in leading in policy advocacy in agriculture and provides space and forum where debates and ideas on agricultural policy among the Civil Society Organisations and other sector players are shared.

CISANET CONDUCTS RADIO PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON PLURALISTIC, DEMAND DRIVEN DELIVERY OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) in April conducted radio panel discussions on how pluralistic and demand driven delivery of agricultural extension services is being implemented at district level.

The radio panel discussions were meant to provide space at a district level to discuss how well the demand driven and pluralistic principles of the policy are being implemented in the districts.

CISANET CONCERNED WITH STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Willie KalumulaThe Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has expressed concern with the state of affairs in the agriculture sector saying it is disheartening to note that the problem of hunger is ever increasing.

CISANET board chairperson Willie Kalamula on Wednesday observed that over the past 50 years Malawi has seen a lot of changes taking place in the agriculture sector. He said some have had a direct positive impact while others did not.