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.

Contract Farming: SPICE Development in Malawi

Contract Farming in Malawi has mainly been confined to the production of Malawi’s tradition exports of sugar, tea and tobacco industries.

Recently, there has been a growth in contract growing of tobacco especially flue cured tobacco after Malawi had experienced a steady decline in the production of this type of tobacco. The other main crops that smallholder farmers are growing on contract are cotton and Paprika. In the recent past some agro-processors have tried to grow different crops like soya-beans, cassava and birds eye chillies using contract farming but on a small scale.

Climate Change Taking Toll on Agricultural Productivity in Malawi

Malawi is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and this has generally affected agriculture production, the backbone of the country’s economy and people’s livelihoods.

The impacts of climate change in Malawi are being manifested in various ways but the familiar phenomena are intense rainfall, changing rainfall patterns, floods, droughts and prolonged dry spells.