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National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi Panel Discussion Food Farmers and Markets, Smallholder Farmer Perspective

Dyborn Chibonga NASFAM

Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual General Assembly (AGA) to be held in The Hague, Netherlands January 30 to 31, 2013
The future belongs to the organised

The KeyNational Smallholder Farmers challenges from perspective of the smallholder farmer organisation Association of Malawi
1. Farming without business goals 2. Smallholder farmers working in isolation 3. Inadequate supportive infrastructure 4. Demands for high quality standards in international markets 5. Weak integration of smallholder farmers into food supply chains
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Practical recommendations for linking up farmers to National Smallholder Farmers markets Association of Malawi

1. Adopt farming as business and work in organised groups 2. Improve the identification of market opportunities 3. Improve market access 4. Foster technology innovations 5. Enhance product quality and standards

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NASFAM work in supporting food farmers and National Smallholder Farmers markets Association of Malawi
1. Working in Organised Farmer Groups 2. Provision of Extension & Technical support 3. Farming as Business Training 4. Adherence to Quality Standards 5. Value Addition

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What else needs to happen by the different National Smallholder Farmers stakeholder groups Association of Malawi
1. Government and Donor support to smallholder farmer organisations for professional and institutional capacity development. 2. Strengthen legal framework and support for cooperatives and land rights 3. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) along value chains with smallholders at the centre 4. Financial and technical support to smallholders to enhance value addition and increase quality and safety standards

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National Smallholder Farmers Background to NASFAM Association of Malawi


NASFAM started in 1994 as the Smallholder Agribusiness Development Project (SADP), a USAID funded project to organise smallholder farmer production Since 1995 the focus has diversified from tobacco to production of other cash and food crops including groundnuts, rice, chilli, cotton, soya and other legumes NASFAM is now the largest smallholder farmers organisation with 108,000 members working in 45 Associations
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The future belongs to the organised

The future belongs to the organized

Thank You Zikomo!


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