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Government-Private Sector meet over FISP

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As efforts to intensify the delivery of the FISP programme across the country continue, government has indicated that it is contemplating on up-scaling the private sector involvement in the implementation of 2016/17 FISP programme after a successful pilot study last year. This was revealed at a conference organized by the African Institute of corporate Citizenship (AICC) that aimed at discussing the future prospects of the FISP in Malawi.

Speaking during the conference, the Chief Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Brighton Kumwembe indicated that government has decided to upscale private sector involvement in FISP implementation as one way of improving service delivery of the programme. Kumwembe  said government recognize that there are several challenges FISP programme was facing in the past that can be dealt with if the private sector was fully engaged.
“The FISP programme will continue to undergo various reforms as we strive to ensure that the programme is carried out effectively, the involvement of the private sector is one of the reforms that government has decided to implement this year as one way of improving the input delivery system. As government we realize that there are some challenges that we meet during the implementation phase that the private sector can ably address, for example issues of transportation, we used to face a number of challenges in transporting and distributing inputs such that we could miss deadlines at times but our belief is that once we decentralize the process and leave it in the hands of the private sector such challenges will be mitigated easily” said Kumwembe.


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Chimdala: From poverty to prosperity

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By all means, Hamilton Chimdala was classified as one of the poor in Chikunumbwi Section, Livunzu EPA in Chikwawa district. Living in a one roomed house with his wife and at the time 3 children, life was just impossible to cope with. “Chikwawa is a very hot district and to live in a one room house with 4 other people was just unbearable. Something had to be done,” he said.

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Margaret Lloyd builds 9 houses from rice farming

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50 year old Margaret Lloyd of Livunzu EPA in Chikunumbwi section in Chikwawa has been a farmer for practically all her life. She has been growing various crops such as maize, millet, and sweet potatoes. However, in 1993, considering the favourable weather conditions and soil type, she added rice to the list of crops to grow.

After her husband passed away a few years back and left her with nothing but one house and four children to feed, she was faced with the reality of facing certain hunger or find means of survival. Something had to be done to maximize outputs from her enterprises including rice.

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