Accomplishments of AICC
AICC has left a mark a legacy of policy advocacy around corporate citizenship that is still evident and continues to be active in the work of individuals it has changed through their engagement with its programs, or as a result of actively being involved in the delivery of its programs. In many different locations, there are individuals in the private sector, in governments, in civil society, and even as service providers (consultants) active in the CSR sector, who have been touched by the AICC, or schooled by it, and who have internalized some of its messaging, and are continuing work in the area. Notably, AICC has achieved the following through its agricultural programs:
Championing of agriculture innovations such as the Electronic Voucher Systems, biometric farmer registration, systems of rice intensification and conservation agriculture which have reached at least 231,000 smallholder farmers across Malawi.
Increased access to production inputs by at least 200,000 cotton smallholder farmers, 4, 000 rice farmers and 2,135.
Establishment of market linkages among the stakeholders in the rice and legumes platforms.
Allowed private and public sectors to use their skills and resources in a complementary and collaborative manner, and thus produce the best overall benefit for all actors. For instance the stakeholders have pooled their resources in the establishment of 6,558 cotton and 406 legume demonstration plots depicting a number of technologies across the country.
Provided for the development of sectoral strategic plans in the cotton and legume sub-sectors through a multi stakeholder consultation process which are also implemented in the same manner hence improving ownership of the platforms by the stakeholders.
Catalyzed and witnessed greater commitment from private sector in supporting the activities of the platforms and willingness to commitment their resources especially in the cotton sub-sector.
Improved coordination by providing the stakeholders with opportunities for dialogue which has enhanced the building of trust which is essential in partnerships.
Enhanced the empowerment of smallholder farmers through supporting the organization of farmers into functional business groups such as cooperatives and association in the rice and cotton sub-sectors through which the farmers can be heard at the all levels.
Provided an environment for price negotiation amongst the stakeholders in the cotton sub-sector which have been accepted by and set as minimum prices by the government since the 2010- 2011 season.