CISANET capacitate media on National Resilience Strategy

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) took journalists from Mangochi and Zomba on a tour of Mlumbe area in Zomba to appreciate community-led agricultural and other livelihood initiatives implemented under the USAID funded Titukulane Project in line with National Resilience Strategy (NRS).

The media tour undertaken on Friday took the scribes to Sikamu Village in Traditional Authority Mlumbe where the Titukulane project engages community in correct land use and other climate smart agricultural methodologies that are meant to attain food and nutrition security. 

CISANET Programme Officer, Maziko Nkhulembe said the media tour was meant to familiarize journalists with some of the interventions which are being done in line with the NRS so that the media should raise awareness on various resilience strategies to disasters.

“We believe that by raising awareness to the general public and relevant stakeholders all Malawians will be able to know and understand what the NRS is all about and be able to benefit because the strategy helps to in dealing with food and nutrition insecurity,” said Nkhulembe. 

He observed that there is lack of knowledge on NRS at district and community levels and this was the reason CISANET and its partners in Titukulane project decided to hold the orientation on NRS and later took Mangochi and Zomba based journalists to Titukulane project impact area.

NRS is a government strategy which is meant to strengthen resilience capacity of the community who are affected by food and nutrition insecurity.

Mangochi based Dzimwe Community Radio reporter, Andrew Silumbu said the media orientation provided a platform for the journalists in the two districts to understand the NRS and how the media should popularise the strategy.

“We have the duty and the obligation to popularize the NRS and l know we will do it with adequate knowledge acquired during the training and field tour of Zomba,” he said.    

NRS is being implemented with With funding from USAID, CISANET, Emmanuel International, National Small Farmers Association of Malawi, International Food Policy Research Institute and Department of Disaster Management Affairs. 

Emmanuel International is implementing a five year Titukulane project (from 2022)  in 11 traditional authorities in Mangochi and is also implementing the project in 11 traditional authorities in Zomba where communities were mobilized to carry out climate smart agricultural and other livelihood activities to ensure food security at household level