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.

AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION AND WATER DEVELOPMENT ALLOCATED MK142 BILLION

Goodall Gondwe Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Government has allocated MK142 billion to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in the 2014/15 National Budget. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe presented the budget statement in Parliament on Tuesday describing the MK142 billion as the highest in the 2014/15 National Budget.

Of this amount, Gondwe said, Farm Input Subsidy Program is estimated at MK50.8 billion targeting 1.5 million beneficiaries, MK2 billion for promotion of legume production and MK5 billion out of the K10 billion that is required for the restocking the strategic grain reserves.

AGRICULTURE UNDERGOING TRANSFORMATION-CHILIMA

Vice President Saulos ChilimaState Vice President Right Honourable Saulos Chilima has explained that the agriculture sector is undergoing transformation as part of the ongoing public sector reforms.

Chilima who was the guest of honour at a public lecture organized by CISANET as part of its Annual General Meeting in July pointed out that one of such reforms is the turning of the Green Belt Initiative into a holdings limited, a move that is expected to increase agricultural production, enterprise development and exports.