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

The 9th Nd   zotheka Eminent Speaker Series:
Theme: "Operationalizing the Cannabis Industry for Malawi's economic growth"
Thursday, September 15th, 2022 || 9:00am -11:00 am CAT ||
Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR), Lilongwe & Zoom



Eminent Speaker:      Rodger Saunt, Chief Executive Officer
                                    Malawi Canabbis Medical Laboratories Limited

Presentation available here;

Discussant:                 Dr. Salipira,  Chief Executive Officer
                                    Cannabis Regulatory Authority (CRA) - Malawi

Panelists:                    Mr. Bonface Kadzamira, Board Chairperson, CRA - Malawi
                                    Dr. Laurent Pungulani, Chief Scientist & Researcher,
                                    Department of Agricultural Research Services
                                    Mr. Nebert Nyirenda, Executive Director, Invegrow Limited





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


Malawi Data Portal online

New Research

Stay informed on research releases


The Potential for Mega-Farms to Transform Malawian Agriculture

2022 Malawi Agricultural Productivity and Commercialization Conference Proceedings and Summary Report

Transforming the Aquaculture Sector in Malawi: Key Lessons from the 2022 SADC Regional Fisheries Dialogue Side Event

Economic Viability of Small-Scale Aquaculture in Malawi

Cyclone Ana Impacts on Livelihoods and Agricultural Systems: Experiences and Voices from Chikwawa and Nsangje Districts

How Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Will Affect the Food Security Situation in Malawi: Implications for Malawian Policy Response

In the News

MwAPATA Institute Tips Government on Ukraine Russia War Effects

MwAPATA Institute warns of dire  effects of Russia-Ukraine war on Malawi's food security situation

Think tank proposes reforms to avert war impact on food

MwAPATA Tips Government on the Affordable Inputs Programme

Experts Search for Tobacco Alternative

Experts Recommend Expedited Replacement to Tobacco

Event in Pictures


Event in Pictures

Transforming Malawian Agriculture Through
Mega-Farms Roundtable Discussion

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

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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


      By Mr. Martin Kausi,

      Deputy Director of Crop Development, Ministry of Agriculture

       By Dr. Anderson Gondwe,

       Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute