PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF GRAIN MARKETS IN MALAWI
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The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) wishes to invite stakeholders in the agricultural value chain to a Public Debate as experts look for solutions at how best can Malawi structure grain marketing under the big question, ‘Should Malawi extend the Auction System and Export Mandate to Grain Marketing?’ The debate is scheduled as follows:
Date : Thursday 19th October 2017.
Venue : Crossroads Hotel
Time : 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
AICC in collaboration with Malawi Confederation of Chambers, Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) organized a conference on The Future of Grain Markets in Malawi which was held on 17th August 2017 at Comesa Hall alongside the 14th National Agriculture Fair in Blantyre. During the meeting, stakeholders acknowledged the huge investments towards improving agricultural production and linkages among chain players by both the state and non-state actors with the ultimate aim of improving the wellbeing of many Malawians and bolstering the productive capacity of the economy.
However these efforts fall short of fully realising the sector’s potential to spur economic growth and development of the nation. The sector continues to face huge hiccups largely centring on the inefficiency of agricultural markets and huge production costs. While in the past the sector’s plight has been blamed on low production, it looks like even when we get the volumes in production, we cannot get positive trade balances to allow the country let alone farmers generate sufficient incomes.
At the meeting stakeholders adopted a Position Paper which among other recommendations suggested to further look at how Malawi can best structure its markets. It is against this background that AICC has organized this public debate as a follow up. The main objective of the public debate is to create a platform for stakeholders to explore models on how Malawi can best structure grain marketing.
African Institute of Corporate Citizenship
Taurus House, Off Convention Drive, City Center,
P/Bag 382, Lilongwe 3.