MwAPATA Institute

The MwAPATA Institute is an independent agricultural policy think tank in Malawi. The Institute is engaging the Government of Malawi, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in program of applied policy analysis, policy outreach, capacity building, and policy coordination.

Recent Events

The Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi Policy Research Seminar 

 Thursday, February 11, 2021

Hon. Lobin Lowe, Minister of Agriculture

Guest of Honor

Hon. Lobin Lowe, Minister of Agriculture officially opened the Policy Research Seminar on "The Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi".  The virtual seminar brought together over 100 policy and decision makers and stakeholders involved in formulation and implementation of policies targeted at transforming the smallholder sub-sector. These included Technicians in the Agriculture Sector, Academicians, Researchers, Development partners, International NGOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), among many others. Read More... 

In the News: Print

Smallholder Farmers Need Solutions - Minister

By Chimwemwe Njoloma,

Malawi News Agency, The Nation: 

Monday, 15 January 2021

Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe has asked Policymakers to pursue policies and strategies that will help to address challenges the agriculture sector is facing and help develop resilience.  Read more...

Lowe says low productivity blocking farmers’ participation in markets

By Martha Chikoti, Malawi24

Monday, 15th February 2021

Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe says smallholder farmers fail to participate in markets, agro-processing and value addition as they do not harvest enough produce. Read More...

Lowe says Agricultural Transformation Strategy in Malawi Facing Challenges

By Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Friday, 12th February 2021

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Lobin Lowe, has admitted that the viability of the smallholder-led agricultural strategy in Malawi is facing several challenges.  Lowe cited low productivity, dependence on rain-fed production systems with only one growing season, and limited use of irrigation as some of the impediments.


Smallholder Farming Future Bleak - Experts

By Dumbani Mzale,

Staff Reporter, The Nation: 

Monday, 15 January 2021

Agriculture Experts have called for a rethink of the country's policy on smallholder farming to make it viable to boost socio-economic development, warning the future of smallholder farming is bleak.  Read more...

Experts Discuss Future of Smallholder Farmers

By Taonga Sabola, Times Newspaper

Friday, 12th February 2021

Agriculture experts Thursday banged heads on the future of smallholder farmers in the country during a virtual Policy Research Seminar which MwAPATA Institute and National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) organized. Read More...

Stakeholders Strategize on Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi

By Aston Gondwe, MBC

Friday, 12th February 2021

Stakeholders to a solution focused policy virtual seminar have come up with 24 resolutions aimed at redefining the future of smallholder farming in Malawi.

Party to them are issues of promoting irrigation agriculture, value addition, agricultural investment, and domestic industry growth.  Read More...

In the News:

On Radio

Capital FM English ReportMwAPATA
00:00 / 02:02

Voice of John Namalenga Junior,

Capital FM English Report. 

Aired -Friday, 12 February 2021, 1pm

Capital FM Chichewa ReportMwAPATA
00:00 / 01:40

Voice of John Namalenga Junior,

Capital FM Chichewa Report. 

Aired -Monday, 15 February 2021, 2pm


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