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.

THE 2016/17 NATIONAL BUDGET IS RESPONDING TO FOOD CRISIS-CISANET

Woman carries relief maizeThe 2016/2017 agriculture budget is probably the most unique budget in the past 10 years, in its design and also priorities, writes CISANET National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula.

We have seen in this budget a reduction in allocation to the ‘sacred’ Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) as a percentage of the whole agriculture budget by about 50% from MK60 billion in the 2015/2016 budget to MK31 billion.

‘PRE-BUDGET INPUTS NOT CONSIDERED'

TamaniAs parliamentary committees scrutinized budgetary allocations to different ministries and departments through cluster meetings, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula shares his insights on the budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector which is the backbone of the country’s economy.

 Q: What is your take on the proposed 2016/17 National Budget?

A: The general budget statement was very good and we understand the situation that government finds itself in.