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FANRPAN in partnership with GACSA to convene a National CSA-PHLM Policy Dialogue in Malawi
29 April 2016


The Food Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), will be convening the National Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) - Postharvest Loss Management (PHLM) Policy Dialogue on the 29th of April in Lilongwe, Malawi. This dialogue will be convened on the backdrop that one of the greatest global challenges, going into the future, is how to sustainably ensure food security for a growing population under a changing climate. Climate change affects agricultural food production in complex ways: current cultivars may not continue to be suitable for production as the climate changes; land suitability to current agricultural practices may need to be reviewed; conditions of post-harvest food safety is expected to change as changing climatic conditions may increase the vector pressure; among others.

In addition to these challenges, FAO estimated that in 2011, approximately 37 percent of food produced in Sub Saharan Africa was lost between production and consumption. A report by the World Bank in 2011 demonstrated that the magnitude of food loss exceeded the value of total food aid received in SSA over the last decade, and further equates to the annual value of cereal imports to SSA. One of the contributors to post-harvest food loss is aflatoxin contamination. The drivers of aflatoxin contamination in Malawi include: poor seed quality; moisture stress due to dry spells and droughts; limited access to appropriate and affordable equipment for testing aflatoxin contamination; high cost of relevant equipment for aflatoxin management (driers, moisture meters, Shellers, gravity separators e.t.c); lack of access to extension; high cost of testing for aflatoxin as each sample would cost up to US$10; and, early entry to market. These challenges therefore call for an integrated and innovative approach to the global effort of ensuring sustainable food production and consumption.

In August 2015, FANRPAN partnered with the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) to conduct a case study on the status of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Malawi, under a project: Perspectives on "Climate-Smart Agriculture from Across the Globe: Climate-smart Case Studies". GACSA is a voluntary alliance of partners, dedicated to addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate. The National policy Dialogue which is being funded by FAO will therefore provide a platform for CSA stakeholders in Malawi to make their contribution to the case study by validating the study and giving recommendations.

With funding from the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), FANRPAN is also conducting a project titled, "Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families" which aims to reduce pre and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia. The National CSA-PHLM Policy Dialogue will therefore, also bring together national PHLM stakeholders to deliberate on the issues of PHLM in Malawi.

The objectives of the National Policy Dialogue are to:

  1. Share the draft CSA scoping study and CSA case study reports with stakeholders
  2. Validate the outputs from the draft CSA scoping study and CSA case study reports
  3. Solicit policy recommendations on CSA and Post-harvest management from stakeholders
  4. Review recommendations for improving post-harvest handling in Malawi proposed at the national policy dialogue on 20-21 October, 2015
  5. Identify challenges and opportunities for implementing recommendations for improving post-harvest handling in Malawi
  6. Draw up a clear proposed framework for the implementation of recommendations for improving post-harvest handling in Malawi

Expected outcomes

  • Improved understanding of the role of CSA in adaptation to and mitigation of climate risks to crop production and post-harvest handling including Aflatoxin issues.
  • Policy recommendations on CSA and Post-harvest management from the stakeholders
  • Comments and recommendations for inclusion in the CSA Case study report and policy brief
  • Preparation of dialogue conclusions to isolate policy recommendations for further research, communication, and advocacy work

Conference details:

Date: 29 April 2016
Venue: Crossroads Hotel Lilongwe
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

For more details regarding the National Policy dialogue contact FANRPAN: CSA_plus@fanrpan.org or CISANET: Tamani@cisanetmw.org


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