Crop Diversification and Irrigation can help smallholder farmers build resilience to climate change effects

Eliza Banda Sorting her Soya produce

Eliza Banda, 28, is a smallholder farmer from Mathambo Village, T/A Mabulabo, Mzimba. Together with her husband, she looks after a family of six.

 As a smallholder farmer, she has had challenges in making ends meet for a good number of years. She has been farming since 2008 but made very little progress due to lack of support and necessary skills, but now she has a different story.


NASFAM for improved tobacco contract farming, fair deals

 

 

By Vincent Nhlema

Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu presenting NASFAM position to the Committee 

The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) has called for improvements in the tobacco contract farming, marketing and pricing to ensure that the producer, especially smallholder farmers, get a fair deal in the business.

NASFAM Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu, made the call when she submitted the association’s input into the Tobacco Bill to the joint Parliamentary Committee tasked to solicit views to be incorporated into the Bill.

 The Bill is scheduled to be presented in parliament once authorities are done with the consultations.

NASFAM named the Best Agro-processor yet again - 4th in a row

By Vincent Nhlema 

For the fourth consecutive year, and eight in total, NASFAM has been named the best agro-processor during the 2018 National Agriculture Fair (NAF) which took place from 12th to 15th September, at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds. The award is given to outstanding organizations and individuals who have committed their efforts to value addition activities as way of widening the market outlet for agricultural produce.