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 a program of applied policy analysis, policy outreach, capacity building, and policy coordination.

Recent Events

Malawi Annual Agriculture Policy Conference (MAAPC)
on Supporting Agriculture Transformation in Malawi:
Beyond Research to Implementation
1st & 2nd June 2021 || BICC, Lilongwe || Virtual via Zoom

Guest of Honor
Right Honorable, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima
Vice President, Republic of Malawi

Keynote Address
Prof. Ronald Mangani
University of Malawi

"Agriculture Transformation for Wealth Creation: Call to Action"


If Not Tobacco, Then What?
A Roundtable Discussion on Alternatives to Tobacco
Thursday, May 20th, 2021  ||  5pm to 7pm (CAT)   


Left to Right: Dr. Rodwell Mzonde - Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Ronald Ngwira - PYXUS Agriculture Limited, Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu - NASFAM, Mr. Boyden Ndhlovu - Kampala Estate

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MwAPATA Institute organised a roundtable discussion  to answer the question, If not Tobacco, Then What?  This discussion came barely few weeks after the State President of

Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera told Malawians to begin to find alternatives to Tobacco which is around the world declining sharply.  

The discussion had two presentations generated from a study that MwAPATA Institute has undertaken on "Alternatives to Tobacco" which was presented by Dr. Makaiko Khonje, a Research Fellow at MwAPATA Institute.  To concretize the discussion was a presentation by Prof. Blessings Chinsinga of APRA when he presented on "Analyzing Pathways to inclusive commercialization"

A four member Panel discussion followed where experiences were shared by a Farmer, Mr. Boyden Ndhlovu of Kampala estate.  He is doing Tobacco Farming but has now started to diversify to other crops like groundnuts and now he is beginning to do bee keeping.  Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu, the Chief Executive Officer of National Smallholder Farmers Association also shared challenges and opportunities that are available in exporting other crops.  While Mr. Ronald Ngwira, the Managing Director of PYXUS Agriculture Limited shared more on their work in groundnuts production which is another better alternative to Tobacco.  Dr. Rodwell Mzonde who is the Director of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture provide the policy options available. 

The guest of honor at this event was Dr. Alexander Bulirani who is the Director of Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and an Advisory Board Member for MwAPATA.

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MwAPATA and CISANET agree on Policy Transformation
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021  ||  9am to 10am (CAT)   

In the News


MwAPATA ED, Mr. William Chadza & CISANET National Director, Mrs. Pamela Kuwali

MwAPATA Institute and the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) on Wednesday, 14th April 2021, officially signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a commitment gesture to work together in promoting agriculture policy for transformation. Together, the two institutions will be collaborating on agriculture policy research, advocacy, and stakeholders’ mobilization to build consensus on policy issues and needed reforms for agricultural transformation in Malawi.  The MoU was signed by Mr. William Chadza, Acting Executive Director for MwAPATA Institute and Mrs. Pamela Kuwali, National Director for CISANET. Find More details from the links on the left.

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Daily Times,

15 April 2021


Audrey Kapalamula

Nation Publications Ltd

16 April 2021


Steve Chilundu

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Capital FM Radio

15 April, 2021


John Namalenga Jnr.

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Nyasa Times 

16 April 2021


Watipaso Mzungu 

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Atlas Newspaper

14 April 2021


Chimwemwe Njoloma