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)
The 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.
The 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.