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Malawi lacks long term agriculture plan—Cisanet

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) has said the country lacks a clear long term and inclusive vision for the agriculture sector.

Cisanet’s Chairperson, Rex Chapota, said over the past 52 years of the country’s independence, the agriculture sector is still lagging behind compared to most of the neighbouring countries.

“The major contributing factor to this state of affairs in Malawi’s agriculture is the country’s failure to embrace an agriculture for development agenda as opposed to the current agriculture agenda which is more focused on food security,” Chapota said

Chapota further said Malawi needs to have a long term vision for the agricultural sector.

“Cisanet held two National Agriculture Policy Dialogue meetings where we noted that the country seems not to have a clear long term and inclusive vision for the agriculture sector. There is need for a vision that will guide the development of medium term frameworks like the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach (Aswap),” he said.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda, said his ministry is currently developing an Aswap successor-strategy.

“As stakeholders in the agriculture sector, we are in the process of reviewing the current Agriculture Sector Wide Approach and developing an Aswap successor strategy,” he said.

Chaponda further said a National Agriculture Policy will soon be launched.

“The Ministry [of Agriculture] finalised the development process of the National Agriculture Policy which was recently approved by the cabinet and will be launched so,” he said.

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