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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  Event

MwAPATA Institute welcomes the Director of Agriculture Programs and Partnerships from the Foundation for Smoke-Free World (FSFW) 
Date: Monday 20th March 2023, Lilongwe, Malawi 

Mr. Scott Kleinberg, Director of Agriculture Programs and Partnerships at the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) on Monday 20th March 2023 visited MwAPATA Institute offices.  He was welcomed by the Chairperson of the MwAPATA Board of Directors Prof. Richard Mkandawire and the Executive Director Mr. William Chadza.

The Foundation for Smoke Free World has been financially supporting MwAPATA Institute through the Michigan State University Food Security Group since its inception in 2019. The Foundation also provides support to MSU for the Policy Support for Agriculture Transformation (PolSAT) which is a project for the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Visit in pictures:


Social Protection Programs and Climate Resilience in Malawi, Roundtable Discussion
Date: 09th March 2023, Lilongwe, Malawi || Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CAT

Find the event live recording here

Event Photos

Event Recording

MwAPATA Institute in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland organized a roundtable discussion to disseminate the results of a recent study on patterns of social safety nets, weather shocks, and household food security status in Malawi.  The roundtable discussion brought together different experts and practitioners in the areas of social protection programs and climate resilience.


Malawi Data Portal online

New Research


Day 1: Key Presentations

The guest of honor, Mrs. Patricia Zimpita who is the Director of Poverty Reduction in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs represented the Principal Secretary at the event.  "This is a very important topic to the development and transformation of this nation in line with the aspirations outlined in the country's long-term development agenda namely government we recognize the need for social protection both as a human right and as a means of ensuring shared prosperity with marginalized and vulnerable groups." she said.


Agreeing with the Guest of Honor, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Ireland, Mr. Mark Montgomery said the Embassy of Ireland acknowledges the fact that social protection programmes in Malawi have embraced a multi-stakeholder approach that seeks to build long-term resilience of households as part of a broader effort to achieve the aspirations of the Malawi2063. He further called upon other development partners to continue supporting social protection programs and climate resilience initiatives in Malawi. 

In his remarks, Mr. William Chadza, Executive Director of MwAPATA Institute said, "We are hopeful that the recommendations that will emerge from the presentations, panel discussions and plenary session will contribute to strategies for promoting resilience and mitigating against the effects of future climatic shocks; as the country pursues its long-term goal of reducing the number of people in need of social protection; by creating wealth for all Malawians."

The discussion brought together four experts namely, Mr. Charles Kalemba who is the commissioner of the Disaster Management Affairs, Dr. Maxton Tsoka from the Center for Social Concern, Ms. Susan Kondowe from COMSIP and Mr. Chisomo Ngosi from CRS Malawi office to expound presentations made by MwAPATA Institute's Research Fellow Dr. Anderson Gondwe and Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Chief Economist Ms. Bessie Msusa. 

Here are key takeaways from the discussion. For more watch the live discussion here


MwAPATA Institute makes presentations at the 4th National Research Dissemination Conference 
"Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: The key drivers to an inclusively wealthy and industrialized nation"
Date: 25th to 27th January 2023, Lilongwe, Malawi