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 Green Belt Initiative (GBI) Policy Dialogue

 CISANET with a financial support from Irish Aid and the EU organised an Agricultural Policy Dialogue that was held at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Wednesday, 26th September 2012 starting from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. During the dialogue meeting, there was a paper presented by Dr Henry Chingaipe on Greenbelt Initiative: Policy Process and Civic Engagement. Dr. Chingaipe is a consultant from the Institute for Policy Research and Social Empowerment (IPRSE)

CISANET CONCERNED WITH STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Willie KalumulaThe Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has expressed concern with the state of affairs in the agriculture sector saying it is disheartening to note that the problem of hunger is ever increasing.

CISANET board chairperson Willie Kalamula on Wednesday observed that over the past 50 years Malawi has seen a lot of changes taking place in the agriculture sector. He said some have had a direct positive impact while others did not.

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF PARLIAMENT MEETS CISANET ON FISP COST

TamaniThe Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament on Wednesday dated the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) on whether the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) is adding value to the country amid the chaos that has characterised it over the past years.

The input from CISANET will help the committee contribute meaningfully to the National Budget set to be debated early September in the National Assembly, said committee chairperson Rhino Chiphiko.