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Conservation Agriculture Demonstration Plots

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Sustainable Agribusiness Initiative is an agri-business stakeholder platform aimed at fostering engagement in the development of the agricultural sector and facilitating the development of public private partnerships contextually within the agricultural value chain. SABI provides a platform where various stakeholders in the agricultural sector engage and partner to demonstrate on sustainable and profitable agricultural practices. Up-scaling Conservation Agriculture through SABI training farms is one of the pillars of in SABI. As such, AICC facilitated the mounting of demonstration plots by private sector players to show case various agriculture technologies. Central to this is the promotion of conservation farming as a conduit to sustainable production of commodities being grown. These demonstration plots provide a further opportunity for stakeholders to partner in address and promote relevant technologies within various agriculture value chains.

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Business Entrepreneurship in Northern Malawi

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The agricultural sector of Malawi continues to suffer from negative perceptions. Youth and women find that farmers do backbreaking labour, and in return only reap minimal benefits. Instead, women and youth would rather settle in urban areas to work in white-collar positions and find better employment opportunities. Both women and youth need to see that there are opportunities in the agricultural sector that are successful and profitable. With agriculture being the main sector driving the economy, it is important that the women and youth be more involved within the agricultural sector through agribusinesses.

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Cotton Demonstration Plot at Natural Resource College

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Cotton is one of the Major crop in Malawi, which ranks as the fourth foreign exchange earner in the country following tobacco, tea and sugarcane. The cotton platform under Malawi Agriculture Partnership (MAP) was formed with the aim of facilitating coordination among players in the cotton value chain in Malawi. The cotton platform acts as a catalyst for desired change through the implementation of innovative solutions which have a facilitating growth and development of cotton industry through collaborative efforts among the value chain players. The goal of the Cotton Platform is to contribute to the reduction of poverty of 60,000 smallholder farmers in the cotton subsector. Cotton demonstration were mounted in six ADDs; Lilongwe, Blantyre, Shire Valley, Machinga, Karonga and Salima. The cotton platform facilitate extension services among others through the cotton demonstrations.

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