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.

Insufficient Funding Suffocates Green Belt Initiative

Dr. NjolomaOn May 17, last year, President Joyce Banda during the opening of the 2013/14 Budget meeting of Parliament declared that government planned to complete the construction of Chikwawa Green Belt Initiative Scheme in Salima in that year fiscal year.

She added that government would then commence the construction of 1 000 hectares of Nthola-llora-Ngosi Irrigation Scheme in Karonga.

GOVERNMENT WELCOMES NEW HANCI FINDINGS ON ADDRESSING UNDER-NUTRITION, HUNGER

Principal Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AidsGovernment has welcomed new evidence from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2013 which ranks Malawi third in addressing under-nutrition and hunger.

The new finding were shared on Thursday during National Policy Dialogue on Hunger, Nutrition, and Climate Change organized by the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex of the United Kingdom (UK).