Women Empowerment in the Agriculture Sector

Partner: Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

CISANET contact person: Sibongile Kadewere and Pamela Kuwali

Description:

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) agreed to collaborate to support capacity development activities in selected Sub-Saharan African countries within the context of South-South cooperation. BADEA AND ACBF noted that initiatives for integrating women into agricultural programs and strategies had not been sufficiently effective in empowering women in agriculture on a sustainable basis, for transformative changes in their livelihoods, food security of their households and communities and sustained gender equality and development in other areas of national development. The project covers a three-month period between March and May, 2020. Under the project, CISANET was contracted by ACBF to manage seed funding grants provided to five women cooperatives in Malawi.

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Advocacy for Enhanced Nutrition Security and Community Empowerment (Afikepo)

Partner: Save the Children

CISANET contact person: Lovemore Mtsitsi

Description:

Running for 4.5 years, between July, 2018 and August, 2022, the Afikepo project is being implemented in collaboration with Save the Children and the International Development Studies of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. The project is being funded by the European Union and aims at contributing to enhanced nutrition security of all Malawians for achieving optimal nutrition for women of child bearing age, adolescent girls, infants and young children. Though targeting a total of 10 districts across Malawi, CISANET is implementing the project in 5 districts of: Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Nkhotakota, Salima and Thyolo. The key partners that are supporting implementation of the Afikepo project include the: Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA), Civil Society Nutrition Alliance (CSONA), District Nutrition Coordination Committees (DNCCs) in all the target districts and the Parliamentary Committee on Nutrition, HIV and AIDS.

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BMZ Global Programme Rural Government for the Right to Food

Partner: Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH)  

CISANET contact person: Lovemore Mtsitsi and Pamela Kuwali

Description:

CISANET is implementing the Rural Governance for the Right to Food project in collaboration with the Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) Malawi and Community Initiative for Self-Reliance (CISER). The project aims at strengthening the local governance to support the realization of the Right to Food in Malawi. The project activities and interventions are being carried out on the micro (community), meso (district) and macro (national) levels using the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and advocacy to promote public service delivery by duty bearers with respect to the right to food. Being implemented in Mangochi, the project is being financed by the German Government through the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This is a 4 year project from May, 2020 to June, 2024. The Right to Food project is still in its infancy stages. The project contract with WHH was signed in the middle of the last quarter.

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Agricultural and Food-System Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy

Partner: AFRICAP

CISANET contact person: Lovemore Mtsitsi and Pamela Kuwali

Description:

Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the AFRICAP project is an innovative program of work that aims at promoting the development and implementation of evidence-based policy pathways for sustainable, productive and climate smart agricultural systems. The project is being implemented in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. It is premised on the understanding that agricultural development is fundamental to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project sets out to collaboratively build the capacities required across research and policy to tackle the complex and multi-faceted challenge of achieving sustainable and resilient transformations of the agriculture and food systems.

The project addresses research and capacity growth under 3 broad themes: (1) How to make agriculture (and food systems) productive as well as resilient to extreme weather whilst minimizing impacts on the environment and maximizing its contributions to livelihoods, and food and nutrition (2) As the economic and food-security demands on agriculture change over the next decades, and at the same time weather and climate risks change, what are the feasible ways that agriculture can develop to become more productive in order to meet future needs? (3) How can policy be developed that enables potential sustainable, productive, climate-resilient pathways to be realized in the most inclusive way, thus maximizing the contribution of agriculture to achieving the SDGs.

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Open Contracting Processes in the Agricultural Sector

Partner: Hivos

CISANET contact person: Thokozani Guta, Pamela Kuwali, and Sibongile Kadewere

Description:

CISANET is implementing the Open Contracting Processes in the agriculture sector with financial support from Hivos. The project is premised on the realization that open contracting in public institutions remains a fundamental public governance issue in Malawi. On average, 60% of government expenditures are managed through public contracts rendering public contracting as one of the essential steps in the process of delivering real goods and services to the population.

At the same time, public contracting has been identified as the government activity that is most vulnerable to wastefulness, mismanagement, inefficiency, and corruption. It is for this reason that CISANET aims at contributing to the strengthening of the procurement processes in the Ministry of Agriculture and provide space to the civil society with insights on how public procurement is done and on how they can effectively play their crucial oversight role in ensuring more government transparency and accountability in public contracting. In the understanding of the project, open contracting involves the full chain of government deal making, from the sale of state assets to the procurement of goods and services for citizens.

It covers not only the awarding of contracts, but also planning, procurement, contract negotiation, implementation and performance. Specifically, the project intends to: create a forum for sector players contribution to the transparency and accountability of open contracting in Malawi, enhance media engagement in transparent and accountable open contracting in Malawi, and integrating Women, Youth and vulnerable groups in open contracting processes in Malawi.

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