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.

AGRICULTURE GETS K198.5 BILLION IN THE 2016/17 BUDGET

Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance in MalawiMinister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe on Friday 27th May, 2016 delivered the 2016/17 budget statement in the National Assembly of the Republic of Malawi.

In his statement, the Minister said: "In terms of direct allocations to key line ministries, Mr Speaker, Sir, the amount of K198.5 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development."

CISANET: A MODEL FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT IN MALAWI

Civil society engagementThe Alliance to End Hunger, through its National Alliance Partnership Program (NAPP), which has been working with CISANET to assist in building its capacities to better engage policy processes around food security, nutrition, and agricultural development has described CISANET as a model for civil society engagement in Malawi.