CisaNet launches new plan

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) has launched a new agriculture strategic plan to help farmers access markets, livestock development and nutrition friendly and resilient agriculture sector.

The 2019 to 2023 strategic plan, under the theme Together for a Vibrant Agriculture, was launched in Lilongwe last week.

CisaNet national director Pamela Kuwali in an interview said their plan is to have an evidence-based, result-focused, accountable and impactful network.

Nankhumwa: We need strong partnerships

She said: “The strategic plan will guide the definition of the theme, areas of focus and allocation of financial, human and leadership sources.”

According to Kuwali, the development of strategic plans focuses on outcomes investments orientation to envisioned achievements of the National Agriculture Policy and Investment Policy.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa, who graced the launch, said the strategic plan is an opportunity for collaboration and cooperation among key stakeholders in the agricultural sector to harness synergies.

“National Agriculture Policy recognises roles of various stakeholders in ensuring that targets in the documents are attained and surpassed,” he said.

The minister said the agriculture sector is facing numerous challenges as it evolves, adding government is committed to respond to these challenges through sufficient budget allocations and policy implementation.

He said the ministry needs strong partnerships to respond to these challenges.

The new strategic plan will enable CisaNet to position itself to  monitor and evaluate the sector’s performance, according to Nankhumwa.

“The CisaNet strategic plan has been developed through a thorough consultative process and it is really speaking to the prevailing context,” he said.

The launch was attended by the private sector, civil society, farmer organisations, and international organisations, among others.

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