Rice farmers from Domasi Irrigation Scheme cooperative in Machinga district have bemoaned the exclusion of rice farmers in the soon-to-commence Affordable Input Programme (AIP).
Smallholder famers in Mangochi and Machinga districts are singing praises to collective marketing of their produce saying it is enabling them to realise more from their farming endeavours. This, they say, is unlike in the past when they were selling their produce as individuals.
Civil society organisations in Balaka have embarked on a scoping exercise that will improve coordination of agriculture service providers. This, according to Edward Mwale, chairperson for Balaka District Agriculture Extension Coordination Committee (DAECC) is key to enhancing agriculture production and productivity for farmers.
On Monday the 19th of October 2020, CISANET in collaboration with Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) and Save the Children hosted a dinner meeting with parliamentarians at the Bingu International Conference (BICC). The meeting aimed at sensitizing parliamentarians about the food and nutrition bill. In attendance were over 45 people including leaders of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, representatives of different CSOs, the Media and Justice Dr Redson Kapindu who was the main speaker at the event.
On Thursday 28th November 2019, CISANET successfully launched its Strategic Plan for the period of 2019 to 2023. The high level event which took place at BICC in Lilongwe brought together more than 100 participants from local and international organisations, government ministries, departments and agencies; private sector and academia.
On Tuesday, 17 September CISANET had a highly interactive dinner meeting with the new Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture at BICC in Lilongwe. The meeting aimed at introducing the Network to the committee and establish a positive working relationship with the members. Over 60 people attended the meeting. These included leaders of the committee and their members, senior officials from a cross section of international and local CSOs as well as other key stakeholders in the agriculture sector such as representatives from UN agencies, the private sector, and the media.