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A Roundtable on Key Drivers of the Fertilizer Price Surge and Policy Options
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 || 5:00 - 7:00 pm CAT || Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe
The MwAPATA Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a roundtable to initiate a conversation around the drivers of the fertilizer price surge and key policy options. About 70 people joined physically with nearly as many joining via Zoom.
Present were key government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade; Members of Parliament from 4 committees of Agriculture, Trade, Natural Resources as well as Budget and Finance. Development partners were also in attendance, as well as international and local NGO's, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and others.
Key issues from the discussion included:
Fertilizer price increases are driven by global market, with rising food prices as a key root cause. In turn, food prices are related to the recovery in some parts from Covid-19, production shortages in key global regions, and rising fuel and transportation costs.
The upsurge in fertilizer prices hinders Malawi's ability to achieve the national food security. There is going to be a serious food security crisis next year if we do not act today.
Dr. Christone Nyondo, Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute
Dr. Jan Duchoslav, Research Fellow, IFPRI -Malawi
Event in Pictures
Mr. Giannakis, Chairperson - Fertilizer Association of Malawi
Mr. Jacob Nyirongo, Chief Executive Officer - Farmers Union of Malawi
Hon. Gladys Ganda, Chairperson - Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament
Hon. Rhino Chiphiko, General Manager - ADMARC
Mr. Levi Chirwa, Director of Budgets - Ministry of Finance
The panel discussion revolved around how fertilizer prices surge can be addressed to avoid longterm negative effects. The members brought in their experiences and expertise depending on the institutions /bodies that they represented.
The 6th Nd zotheka Eminent Speaker Series:
Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 || 5:00 - 7:00 pm CAT || Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe & Virtual via Zoom
Prof. Kevin Chika Urama
Senior Director, African Development Institute
African Development Bank
The importance of Human and Institutional Capacity Enhancement in Building Resilient Agri-Food Systems in Africa
Prof. Kevin Chika Urama gave an overview of the food systems in Africa, and shared recommendations on how to address gaps identified in the system. He highlights the importance of:
Honoring the Maputo declaration
Developing national agricultural innovation systems
Digitizing of the agri-food system
Facilitating public private partnerships to invest in markets and agricultural research and development
Developing and strengthening local think tanks to ensure evidence-based policy design.
The seminar was followed by comments from discussant, Prof. Richard Mkandawire, Director of the Alliance for Africa Partnership, and Board Chair of both MwAPATA and NPC, and a panel comprised of Prof. Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, Dr. Agnes Mwangwela, Bunda College Director, LUANAR, and Dr. Rodwell Mzonde, Director of Planning and Services in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Giving opening remarks
Making official opening remarks
Giving opening remarks
MwAPATA visits LUANAR Vice Chancellor
A delegation from the MwAPATA Institute was honored to visit the Vice Chancellor of LUANAR, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda. Also present from LUANAR were the University Registrar and the Director of Research and Outreach.
The parties discussed the ongoing and future collaboration between the University and the Institute in both broad and specific terms. Currently the organizations are working together on several studies relating to land issues, farmer commercialization and domestic animal feed production.
Attendees gather after the meeting, from left: Prof. Richard Mkandiwire (Board Chair-MwAPATA); Dr. Samson P. Katengeza (Dir. of Research & Outreach-LUANAR), Prof. Emmanuel Kaunda (Vice Chancellor-LUANAR), Mr. William Chadza (Executive Director-MwAPATA), Dr. William Burke (Acting Research Director-MwAPATA), Dr. Milu Muyanga (Partnership Coordinator-MwAPATA)