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.

FISP Beneficiaries Want Programme Discontinued, Commercial Price of Fertiliser Reduced

Dr Donald Makoka making a presentationThe majority of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) beneficiaries want the programme discontinued but instead itch the commercial price of fertiliser were reduced to an average price of K5 000 per 50kg bag, a study has revealed.

Findings of the study were presented on Wednesday (April 16, 2014) at Hotel Victoria in Blantyre by Dr Donald Makoka of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

CISANET, Future Agriculture Promoting Green Revolution

 Green Revolution or economy is described as the developments that results in improved human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. CISANET in conjuction with Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), organised a day long policy dialogue meeting on Green Revolution in Lilongwe. Erasmus Lloyd M'bwana writes more....

CISANET Urgues Ministry of Agriculture to start Designing FISP Despite Absence of Political Leadership

TamaniThe Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has expressed worry with the current political landscape following the May 20 tripartite elections in which the new government is yet to be formed.

CISANET National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula has noted that the delay in forming the government will have a toll effect on agricultural production in the country because Malawi’s economy and food security is dependent on agriculture and much of the agricultural activities are done by smallholder farmers.