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


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.

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The Inorganic Fertilizer Price Surge in 2021: Key Drivers and Policy Options


Dr. Christone Nyondo, Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute

Why are fertilizer prices in Malawi high? and What can be done?

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.​

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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.


In case you missed it, you can watch the full event, or read the summary report

Event Pictures

Mr. William Chadza, MwAPATA Executive Director
Mr. William Chadza, MwAPATA Executive Director

Giving opening remarks

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Mrs. Erica Maganga, Principle Secretary, MoA
Mrs. Erica Maganga, Principle Secretary, MoA

Making official opening remarks

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Mr. William Chadza
Mr. William Chadza

Following deliberations

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Mr. William Chadza, MwAPATA Executive Director
Mr. William Chadza, MwAPATA Executive Director

Giving opening remarks

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More Resources

Speech by Principal Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Erica Maganga

Speech by Mr. William Chadza, Executive Director for MwAPATA Institute

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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)