Tags: Cisanet

Estimates show another food disaster

  As the nation is struggling to feed its estimated 2.8 million starving citizens, there is more depressing news coming out of Capital Hill as crop approximation results for 2015/16 have indicated the country will record a further drop in maize harvest of around two percent. The development comes after the country recorded a 30…

Climate smart agriculture could boost productivity, says CisaNet

Civil Society Agricultural Network (CisaNet) has said in the face of threats of climate change in the agriculture sector, farmers have to invest in climate smart agriculture to boost productivity. CisaNet national director Tamani NKhono-Mvula, responding in an e-mailed questionnaire last week, said climate change has affected rainfall patterns; hence, the need for farmers to…

Wealth creation critical, say experts

  Agricultural experts have warned that ordinary Malawians will continue wallowing in abject poverty unless members of Parliament (MPs) and other leaders at the grass roots level prioritise teaching people how to create their own wealth. Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources chairperson Friday Jumbe and Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) national coordinator Tamani…

‘Malawi agro sector archaic, needs overhaul’

  Malawi’s agricultural sector has been branded inefficient, technologically backward and not in line with the country’s vision of becoming a predominantly exporting nation. Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) and Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) point to lack of adequate extension and research services, failure by Lilongwe to strategically allocate resources in the sector and…

Cisanet wants MRFC replaced

Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) has said the country’s major farm input distributor, Malawi Rural Finance Company (MRFC), currently under liquidation, should be replaced to ensure that small and medium scale farmers access credit for them to develop. MRFC, a government-owned company, has been under voluntary liquidation since last year. Cisanet national coordinator Tamani Nkhono-Mvula…

Parliamentary committee meets Cisanet on Fisp Study

The Budget and Finance Committee of Malawi Parliament on Wednesday met 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 the programme over the past years. The input from Cisanet will help the committee contribute meaningfully to the…