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.

MALAWI AGRICULTURE AT 50

Rice staple food in MalawiOver the past 50 years since Malawi became an independent nation, agriculture has remained the main stay of the economy and the likelihood of the state of affairs remaining the same in the next 20 years or so is very high.

LAGAFA Training Workshop on Regional Food Security Advocacy

 As part of the Civil Society Organisations' (CSO) capacity building, members of the CISANET are being trained to understand and undertake policy analysis.

CISANET is mobilising the CSO's at National and District level to undertake policy advocacy at various levels. During this training which took place at Sheila's Lodge in Lilongwe for two days 12th and 13th September, CISANET members from all the district networks participated in the training.