Despite the country’s heavy reliance on agriculture, this sector is characterized by low and stagnant yields, over-reliance of rain-fed farming which increases vulnerability to weather related shocks, low level of irrigation development, low up-take of improved farm inputs and poor access to markets, inter alia. It is against this background that the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) was launched. The successful implementation of the MGDS, depends heavily on participation of transformed and well-organized agricultural producers, inter alia. Farmers’ Organisations (FOs) such as Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) and National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) bring together producers of different sizes and often of varying interest and thus enabling governments to speak to organized groups of farmers at low cost.
Making the Connection: Value chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture – Session 12: Farmer Organizations in Value Chain Policy Making
ESFIM presented outcomes of its research -for-advocacy work in the UNECA/CTA International Conference “Making the Connection: value chains for transforming smallholder agriculture. Four National Farmers Organisations (NFOs) presented the process and the outcomes of their advocacy work and the role of evidence and research in it: JNC-Perú, CPM-Madagascar, FUPRO-Benin, and NASFAM-Malawi. Stephen Muchiri form the Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) chaired the session. read more »