The Government of Malawi identified oil seed crops as a key area
for potential growth in the National Export Strategy (NES). In
view of this a Technical Working Group (TWG) was established in
the country to identify ways of promoting the production and
marketing of oil seed crops. The Technical Working Group was
further sub-divided into various Task Teams (TT) in order to
speed up the activities. One of the Task Teams is looking at
Extension Services for Oil Seed Crops. Therefore, as part of our
efforts to drive forward the oil seeds component of the NES we
would like to ensure there is extension coverage for the four
main oil seed crops (Cotton, Groundnut, Soya and Sunflower)
right across the country. In addition, we would also like to
ensure that there is harmonized and adequate information going
to the farmers on all stages of production and marketing
processes. For this reason the Oil Seed Extension Coordination
Platform has been set up.
The platform shows who is working where, and on what aspects of
oil seed crop production, storage and marketing. The platform
also enables organisations and projects to share extension
materials they have produced by putting them on the "dashboard".
If a project has an interesting new technology or piece of
information advice for farmers it will be easier to disseminate
as contact information on who is working on which aspects of
various crops will now be available. The platform will take time
to be fully "populated" with information on the majority of
players working on Oil Seed extension, but once a good amount of
information has been loaded (and is updated) it will be a
valuable resource for improving the delivery of extension to
farmers in Malawi.
The Oil Seed Extension Coordination Platform is managed by the
Legume Development Trust on behalf of the Oil Seed Products
Technical Working Group.
If you are working on extension concerning Oil Seed crops please
contact the Legume Development Trust and they will add your
information to this platform.