NASFAM Associations on track to attaining financial independence

Chilli Sauce manufactured by Zikometso Association in Mulanje

NASFAM, through its five-year Strategic Development Plan (SDP) III, challenged itself to turn its associations into self sustaining business entities. That dream is fast being materialised.

“Under the first two strategic plans, major emphasis was placed on putting an institutional framework in place that would support delivery of services to NASFAM associations and their member smallholder farmers – all within the context of farmer-driven operations. At the heart of NASFAM was belief that smallholder farmers could and would contribute to improving their own livelihoods if the means to do so were available,” reads part of the Strategic Development Plan III.

“To make these means available, NASFAM associations were organised as vehicles through which member farmers could achieve economies of scale and access to resources by banding together. Components of the NASFAM structure were designed to enable the system to interact with both private business initiative and donor interests and requirements. Particular attention was paid to NASFAM financial and accounting systems and NASFAM earned a reputation as a reliable development partner. By the end of the second strategic plan period, NASFAM was referred to by one major donor as a ‘strong and organised producer association...,’” reads another portion in the same SDP III document.

This is what had set the footing for the initiative and it gave NASFAM confidence to embark on the ambitious journey of developing associations into independent profitable business entities.

NASFAM wins another trophy as the best Agro-Processor

NASFAM Trophy CollectionThe 13th National Agriculture fair left so many questions in the participants’ minds – the theme “Climate Smart Agriculture”, sounded quite unusual. It sent brains thinking as to what is expected of this theme? What will it take for one to mount an award winning display? What will the judges look for in their assessment? NASFAM was not spared from such questions. Luckily, the responsible team had an answer to all this, and they won an award for the third consecutive year, seventh overall, fourth as the best agro-processor.

NASFAM empowering female farmers with literacy and numeracy skills

A century has elapsed since the world began observing the international women’s day every year on 8th March. In different regions, the focus of the day ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements.  However, in a typical developing country like Malawi where the majority of women are engaged in smallholder farming the question is; have things changed for the better for Malawian female farmers to celebrate the day?