An analysis by the Civil Society Agricultural Network (Csanet) in conjunction with the National Planning Commission (NPC) has recommended that the country to improve on agriculture policy implementation in its quest to becoming a middle income economy by 2030.
The experts have argued that if Malawi fails to strictly implement policies that affect agriculture, in the wake of continued pressure emanating from weather-related shocks, it would be hard for the country to attain its aspirations.
NPC Research Manager Andrew Jamali said the commission had drafted the policy direction, including the 10-year plan, and that what remains is to activate the mode of active policy implementation.
“The missing link is that we do not implement the policies effectively; this analysis is all about policy effectiveness. So, if we do not effectively implement these policies, forget about everything. What is needed is for Malawi to get serious with policy implementation,” he said.
The research expert then called on the government and other actors in the development space to use policy directions in facilitating development.
“That requires urgency because we are now talking about economic meltdown that we are experiencing while we are trying to rebuild back, but we have another feedback through cyclones,” he added.
Jamali said what that means is that there is a need to have robust systems of responding to such challenges.
Csanet Head of Programmes and Policy Tendai Saidi said consistency in policy implementation remains crucial in revitalising the agriculture sector.
“Issues to do with policies also look at the will of implementing partners and political will because where there is policy there is a need for money and human resources,” she said.
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Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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