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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

MwAPATA Executive Director participates in the launch of The 16th Malawi Economic Monitor
Friday, 9th December 2022

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In a wide-ranging panel discussion, the MwAPATA Executive Director was asked to comment on many things, including the role of agricultural commercialization in transforming Malawi’s economy. He argues commercialization, be it by “mega” farms or smallholders, is essential, “but the difficult question now to ask is the why has not that occurred in this country all along?”

He further explains, “we have, perhaps, not accepted the complexity of challenges which are before us, and the complexity of challenges which the smallholder farmers are facing, that [hinders] commercialization. Over the years we have looked for ‘one cause’ to low agricultural productivity and commercialization, which has been low use of inorganic fertilizers. We have given all attention to that, hoping that [fertilizer] is going to solve our problems. But farmers are facing multiple challenges for them to move into commercialization.”

 

The Executive Director goes on to highlight issues of land access, declining farm size, low crop response to inorganic fertilizers, under-funded agricultural research and extension, access to financing, links to markets, and under-investment in public infrastructure. Any too narrowly focused agenda carries risk because “there is a whole host of challenges which the farmers are facing.”

 

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MwAPATA Executive Director, William Chadza, participates in a panel discussion launching the 16th Malawi Economic Monitor in Lilongwe on December 9th.

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Policy Prioritization through Value Chain Analysis Launch

Date: Tuesday, 12th September 2022 || Time: 8:00am -13:00pm (CAT) ||
Venue: BICC, Lilongwe, Malawi
Organizers: MwAPATA Institute, BFAP (Data Driven Insight), IFPRI & AGRA
Presentation is available
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Highlights

Malawi Data Portal online

New Research

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Day 1: Key Presentations

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Transforming Malawian Agriculture Through
Mega-Farms Roundtable Discussion

Date: Wednesday, 10th August 2022 || Time: 8:00am -12:30pm (CAT) ||
Venue: Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe, Malawi

Find event recording from Facebook
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Read Policy Options and Recommendations here

Agriculture is the cornerstone of Malawi’s economy, contributing about 23% to the GDP,  85% to foreign export earnings, and the main employer of the labor force (Malawi Government, 2022). Despite being pivotal to the economy, the sector has been facing numerous challenges.  Through the MW2063, Malawi government has envisioned shifting away from low productivity and subsistence-oriented agriculture to a more commercialized manufacturing-linked agricultural system.  Mega Farms is one of the strategies being employed.

MwAPATA Institute, in partnership with the National Planning Commission, Farmers Union of Malawi, and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, organized a Roundtable discussion to initiate a conversation around the transforming Malawian agriculture through Megafarms, Read More.
 

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Event Video Highlight

Presentations: 

      By Mr. Martin Kausi,

      Deputy Director of Crop Development, Ministry of Agriculture

       By Dr. Anderson Gondwe,

       Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute
 

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Panelists

  • Mr. Taziona Chaponda, Managing Director, Malawi Agricultural and Industrial Investment Corporation (MAIIC)

  • Mr. Christopher Beya, Chief Executive Officer,  Press Agriculture Limited

  • Mr. Eric Chidzungu, Chief Executive Officer, Greenbelt Authority

  • Mr. Ronald Ngwira, Managing Director,       Pyxus Agriculture Limited

  • Mr. Kristian Moller, Chief Executive Officer, Agriculture Commodity Exchange for Africa

  • Mrs. Iness Malemia, Commercial Farmer, Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM)

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Strategy & Responses on the Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Malawi
Roundtable Dialogue
Date: Wednesday, 20th July 2022 || Time: 02:00pm - 05:00pm (CAT) ||
Venue: Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe, Malawi
Event Recording from Facebook available here

Dr. Mafuta Mwale
Secretary to the Treasury,
Guest of Honor

The Russian Federation invaded Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022. In response, several countries have imposed sanctions targeting Russian individuals and the broader economy. As of this writing, the future duration and scope of this conflict remain largely uncertain.

However, the potential ‒ even likely ‒ detrimental impact on Malawian livelihoods will be massive, and steps need to be taken now to mitigate against the effects as well as harness the opportunities that arise from the Russo-Ukraine conflict

Based on this MwAPATA Institute, the National Planning Commission of Malawi (NPC) and UNDP collaborated in organizing a roundtable discussion where stakeholders would begin to deliberate on possible strategies to address the situation at hand.
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Presentations: 

      By Mr. Adwell Zembere,

      Deputy Director of Economic Planning (Regional Cooperation and International       

      Organizations), Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development

       By Dr. Anderson Gondwe,

       Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute
 

Panelists

  • Rev. Fr. Dr. Wilfred Sumani, Director of Academic Affairs, Catholic University

  • Dr. Kisu Simwaka, Director, Economic Policy and Research, Reserve Bank of Malawi

  • Mr. Boyd Luwe, Deputy President, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry

  • Mr. Chris Connelly, Programme Director, Concern Worldwide

  • Mrs. Victoria Mwafulirwa, Secretary General, Cross-border Traders Association of Malawi

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