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.

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.

CISANET NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO REFLECT ON MALAWI AGRICULTURE AT 50

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) will hold a two day National Conference whose theme is Malawi Agriculture at 50: Towards a Common Vision for the Next 50 years.

The National Conference will be held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on 30th and 31st July, 2014. Renowned Malawians will speak on a number of issues affecting the agriculture sector.