Dowa District Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) criticized the overemphasis on agriculture that eclipses efforts to tackle climate change issues.
They argued that project proposals often feature climate change issues merely to attract funding, without effective implementation.
The agriculture sector gets priority, overshadowing climate change initiatives, despite being severely impacted by climate-related disasters, such as Tropical Storm Ana. Increased financial focus on climate change and disaster risk management is sought in future budgets.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Simplex Chithyola Banda, on Friday afternoon presented the MK5.89 trillion 2024-2025 national budget that spells out a number of interventions aimed at healing the national economy.