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.


New Research

Stay informed on research releases

Trends in Tobacco Production and Prices in Malawi

Lessons Learnt: Promises, Achievements, Shortcomings and Pitfalls of Malawian Input Subsidies

Food Imports in Malawi: Trends, Drivers, and Policy Implications

The Past, Present, and Future of Land Use in Malawi: A Background Review

Manufacturing and Industrialization in Malawi: Trends, Opportunities, and Strategies

An Early Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 in Malawi

In the news

MwAPATA Institute urges Malawi Parliament to address policy gaps

Stakeholders Strategize on Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi

Minister calls for homegrown agricultural policy research

MwAPATA, NPC sign pact

Think-tank for responsive reforms in agriculture sector 

Economists see bright future for Malawi

Upcoming Events

Malawi Annual Agriculture Policy Conference (MAAPC)

on Supporting Agriculture Transformation in Malawi:

Beyond Research to Implementation

1st & 2nd June 2021 || Lilongwe & Virtual via Zoom

Recent Events

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

MwAPATA and CISANET agrees on Policy Transformation

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021  ||  9am to 10am (CAT)   


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.

In the News

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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

Guest of Honor

Right Honorable, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima

Vice President, Republic of Malawi

Keynote Address

"Agriculture Transformation for Wealth Creation: Call to Action"

Prof. Ronald Mangani, University of Malawi

Get more details here


MwAPATA Interfaces the Parliamentary Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources & Trade and Industry


Tuesday, March 23rd , 2021  ||  6pm to 8pm (CAT)  ||  Sunbird Capital Hotel 


From left: Mr. William Chadza (ED MwAPATA), Hon. Werani Chilenga (Chairperson - Natural Resources Committee) & Hon. Ulemu Chilapondwa (Vice Chairperson - Agriculture Committee) 

MwAPATA hosted a meeting between members of three Parliamentary Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Trade with an objective of encouraging members of parliament t rely on MwAPATA as a resource for developing evidence-driven policies to catalyze agriculture transformation. 

Among others, key issues from the meeting included:

  • Political will remains a crucially missing ingredient to jumpstarting and sustaining a transformation process.

  • MwAPATA pledged to provide parliamentarians with empirical evidence to elevate the quality of parliamentary debates and provide critical reviews of analyses done by the ministries themselves.

  • The committee members requested that MwAPATA regularly produce analyses of the state of agricultural transformation and to facilitate their agricultural sector oversight roles.

  • The committees proposed MwAPATA to develop a memorandum of understanding with clear terms of reference to govern the working relationship between MwAPATA and the committees.

In the News

In Print

MwAPATA Institute urge Malawi parliament to address policy gaps for Agriculture Production, Productivity

By Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

24 March 2021

The Malawi Agriculture Policy Advancement Transformation Agenda (MwAPATA Institute) has challenged that unless Malawi addresses challenges that affect agricultural production and productivity, the country will face teething hitches to transform its economy.  Read more

Revitalize agriculture sector, institute urges

By Mathews Kasanda, Times Newspaper

25 March 2021

Independent policy think tank, MwAPATA Institute says the country's agriculture sector continues facing myriad challenges which require fresh policy direction to address. It says a rejig of agriculture supply chains could help the sector regain its charm to remain afloat as Malawi economic backbone Read more

On Television

Rainbow TV News Report, by Leah Malekano, 24th March 2021