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.

LACK OF VIABLE MARKETS STIFLES RICE PRODUCTION

picture riceRice is considered one of the key strategic crops in the country with a massive potential to be promoted primarily as an import substitute, but also as an export crop.

As an export crop, rice has the potential to generate the much-needed revenue in the country.

CISANET HAPPY WITH MAIZEGATE INQUIRY OUTCOME

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) says it is satisfied with the report presented by the Joint Committee of Parliament which went to Zambia to probe the maize gate scandal.
 
CISANET sponsored the committee’s trip to Zambia saying it wanted the truth about the procurement of maize from Zambia known.