Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA)


Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) is a not for profit public interest non-governmental organization registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2002. CEPA seeks to contribute to the development of environment and natural resources management best practices in Malawi and the Southern Africa Region.

As a think tank organization, CEPA provides advice and conducts research in environment and natural resources management policies and legislation with a view to designing appropriate interventions for promoting sustainable environment and natural resources management.

Our work concentrates on sound environmental governance; in this respect, issues of accountability, institutional strengthening and representation are at the core of our activities.

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    One of the members of parliament from disaster prone areas, Karonga, contributes to the discussion Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation makes closing remarks at the meeting


    On 25th September 2014, CEPA, National Association of Smallholder Farmers, Natural Resources Justice Network, Catholic Development Commission in Malawi and Malawi Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services jointly organized an awareness meeting with Members of Parliamentary Committees on Agriculture and Irrigation, Natural Resources & Climate Change, Finance and Budget and selected members of Parliament from Karonga, Kasungu, Salima, Dedza, Balaka, Machinga, Thyolo, Mulanje, Phalombe, Nsanje, Chikhwawa, and Mwanza.

    The objective of the meeting was to raise awareness among the parliamentarians on agriculture, natural resources, climate change, disaster risk management and mining issues and ongoing interventions. The increased awareness among parliamentarians will enable them support implementation of related interventions in the respective districts as well as national efforts to improve policy implementation.

    Members of Parliament appreciated having gone through the awareness session and promised to support us in our future lobbying sessions.

    For more information contact CEPA on cepa@cepa.org.mw

  • CEPA was among the various partners that were awarded funding to implement the 5 year programme (2014-2019) Sustainable Agriculture and Lead Farmer Project. SALFP aims at reducing poverty and vulnerability to climate change through the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and the Lead Farmer model of extension service delivery. Other implementers are African Institute of Corporative Citizenship (AICC), Find Your Feet (FYF), Heifer International, Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (MUSCO), Mzuzu Agricultural Development Division (MZADD), Network for Youth in Development (NFYD) and Trustees for Agricultural Promotion Programme (TAPP). SALFP is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. SALFP is being led by Development Fund of Norway


  • Government of Malawi is in the process of developing a National Agricultural Policy (NAP) to act as an umbrella guiding framework for the whole agriculture sector in Malawi. Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) through its partnership with the Development Fund of Norway, has developed a model National Agricultural Policy (NAP) as a tool for engaging government with policy proposals for inclusion in the NAP.

    It is against this background that CEPA organised a policy dialogue meeting which took place in Salima on 30th September, 2014 to share the model NAP with government. This meeting was a follow up to a civil society validation meeting of the model NAP which was held earlier in July 2014.Participants to the policy dialogue comprised of senior government officials from different departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) such as departments of Crops, Animal Health and Livestock, Water Resources, Irrigation, Land Resources Conservation as well as the Environmental Affairs Department and Department of Disaster Risk Management Affairs. Other stakeholders who participated in the meeting includethe Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM), Evangelical Association of Malawi, the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), IFPRI and the media.

    During this meeting the Director of Policy and Planning in the MoAIWD presented the status of development of the NAP. He said that task team for the development of the NAP had an issues paper which will form the basis for a draft NAP. He also presented key ideas that are being consideredfor inclusion in the NAP based on the issues paper. He said the proposed time frame for the development of the NAP is to finish in April, 2015.Speaking on behalf of civil society, the CISANET Director called upon government to keep civil societyinformed about the policy development calendar for civil society to be able to provide timely inputs to the process.

    CEPA presented the model NAP which generated a lot of interest, comments and discussions largely in support of the model. In particular, the Directors of Policy &Planning and the Director of Crops appreciated CEPA’s efforts. They felt that the model NAP had already defined the content of the NAP such that all that is required is to improve on the model NAP rather than re-inventing the wheel, more so that consultations were already done with various stakeholders including farmers in the development of the model NAP. The same sentiments were echoed by IFPRI, government’s consultant in the development of the NAP. It was therefore agreed that CEPA should share the model NAP and the consultation notes that were captured during the model NAP development process with the Planning Unit of the MoAIWD as a way forward. It was further agreed that CSOs and government should maintain the current working relationship to achieve a common goal.

    The Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (second from the right) commenting on the Model NAP. Dr Ibrahim Phiri presenting the model NAP to the participants.

    Mr. Herbert Mwalukomo presenting on the objectives of the meeting. A participant from CADECOM giving his views on the discussion.

  • The fair was organized by Biodiversity Conservation Initiative, Find Your Feet and Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy with support from Development Fund of Norway. The fair was conducted at Chikwawa Community Day Secondary School ground in Rumphi. The theme of the fair was:
    Promoting production and use of diversity of Farmers' Varieties key to improving household food security in times of climate change’. 
    This event was attended by both governmental and non-governmental organizations such as Mzuzu ADD, District Agricultural Development Office, Area development committee chairperson, Total Land Care, National Youth for Development among others. The guest of honor for the event was the Chair person for the parliamentary committee on Agriculture and Irrigation, Honorable Felix Jumbe.
    In the fair 118 farmers, 37 males and 81 females, showcased their seeds which they are conserving in different seed banks and their homes. Some of the seeds displayed include Bambara nuts, sorghum, local maize, ground nuts and beans.  Some farmers displayed local foods which they make from local food and seed varieties such as nsima from local maize, sorghum and millet.
    At the end of the fair different people, including the guest of honor, gave speeches. In his speech Honorable Felix Jumbe encouraged the farmers to grow and conserve more local seeds and that they make sure they get benefits from commercial farmers who use famers’ seeds as their germ plasm for breeding.

    Local sorghum Nsima from local sorghum

    Sorghum Cake baked by a farmer Seeds conserved in a Chikwawa Seed Bank, Rumphi
    Local red  Maize conserved by a farmer Leaflets displayed by CEPA
    Local Pumkins produced by farmers A farmer demonstrating how he produces cooking oil from ground nuts
    Programme Manager for Mzuzu ADD, Mrs. Moyo making a speech. Hon. Felix Jumbe Making a speech

    A farmer receiving a wheelbarrow from the guest of honor Chikwawa Seed Bank
  • Hon Werani Chilenga and Hon Aisha Adams from Malawi plant a tree in Kereita Forest Some of delegates for the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Regional Hearing

    The chairperson (Hon Werani Chilenga) and a member (Hon Aisha Adams) of Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change, Vice Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation (Hon Joseph Chidanti Malunga), The Committee Clerk and Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy represented Malawi in the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Hearing ‘Forests for People’ which was convened by the World Future Council. The hearing brought together legislatures and experts from Southern and Eastern Africa to share experiences and draw clear recommendations for the deteriorating forestry sector in the regions.

    The main aim of the hearing was to:
    • Enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer on experiences and solutions; spread Rwanda’s National Forest Policy that received the 2011 Future Policy Award to other countries.
    • Inspire practitioners and decision-makers to take collaborative action towards the implementation of sustainable development solutions in forest and landscape contexts.

    CEPA shared experiences on the current status of forestry, the initiatives undertaken by both government and nongovernmental organizations, the gaps, strength and opportunities the sector has.
    For the full report and other publications visit www.worldfuturecouncil.org/foresthearing.html

  • Malawi will on 13th October 2014 join the rest of the World in commemorating International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). This year's focus of the IDDR is on older people or ageing population, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

    Malawi will commemorate this day in Karonga district and some of the planned activities include Live Panel Discussion on the evening of 10th October 2014, Pavilion displays, Pull-out in the papers and a supplement in the papers, A march/big-walk, A live quiz targeting learners, IEC materials (banners, t-shirts, golf shirts, caps, etc), Life story telling by the beneficiaries and Traditional Dances and/or Drama
    For more information visit http://www.unisdr.org/2014/iddr/