Past Events

The Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi Policy Research Seminar 

 Thursday, February 11, 2021


Hon. Lobin Lowe, Minister of Agriculture officially opened the Policy Research Seminar on "The Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi".  The virtual seminar brought together over 100 policy and decision makers and stakeholders involved in formulation and implementation of policies targeted at transforming the smallholder sub-sector. These included Technicians in the Agriculture Sector, Academicians, Researchers, Development partners, International NGOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), among many others. Read More... 

Hon. Lobin Lowe, Minister of Agriculture

Guest of Honor

In the News: Print

Smallholder Farmers Need Solutions - Minister

By Chimwemwe Njoloma, Malawi News Agency

15 January 2021

Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe has asked Policymakers to pursue policies and strategies that will help to address challenges the agriculture sector is facing and help develop resilience.  Read more...

Smallholder Farming Future Bleak - Experts

By Dumbani Mzale, The Nation: 

15 January 2021

Agriculture Experts have called for a rethink of the country's policy on smallholder farming to make it viable to boost socio-economic development, warning the future of smallholder farming is bleak.  Read more...

Lowe says low productivity blocking farmers’ participation in markets

By Martha Chikoti, Malawi24

15 February 2021

Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe says smallholder farmers fail to participate in markets, agro-processing and value addition as they do not harvest enough produce. Read More...

Lowe says Agricultural Transformation Strategy in Malawi Facing Challenges

By Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

12th February 2021

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Lobin Lowe, has admitted that the viability of the smallholder-led agricultural strategy in Malawi is facing several challenges.  Lowe cited low productivity, dependence on rain-fed production systems with only one growing season, and limited use of irrigation as some of the impediments. Read More...

Experts Discuss Future of Smallholder Farmers

By Taonga Sabola, Times Newspaper

12 February 2021

Agriculture experts Thursday banged heads on the future of smallholder farmers in the country during a virtual Policy Research Seminar which MwAPATA Institute and National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) organized. Read More...

Stakeholders Strategize on Future of Smallholder Farming in Malawi

By Aston Gondwe, MBC

Friday, 12th February 2021

Stakeholders to a solution focused policy virtual seminar have come up with 24 resolutions aimed at redefining the future of smallholder farming in Malawi.

Party to them are issues of promoting irrigation agriculture, value addition, agricultural investment, and domestic industry growth.  Read More...

In the News: On Radio

Capital FM English ReportMwAPATA
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Voice of John Namalenga Junior,

Capital FM English Report. 

Aired -Friday, 12 February 2021, 1pm

Capital FM Chichewa ReportMwAPATA
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Voice of John Namalenga Junior,

Capital FM Chichewa Report. 

Aired -Monday, 15 February 2021, 2pm


"MwAPATA's research work worth supporting" says AGRA's Vice President

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Photos of AGRA visit to MwAPATA

The AGRA Vice President Dr. Apollos Nwafor emphasizes the importance of supporting MwAPATA's research work.  He said this during an official visit to MwAPATA where the teams discussed the intention AGRA and MwAPATA working together on analysis and evidence building. 


During the discussion, the two institutions expounded more on their relationship revolving around AGRAs Hub for Agriculture Policy Action (HAPA).  HAPA responds to government requests that come through Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Trade. MwAPATA research will improve the responses to these requests.

In his remarks, MwAPATA Institute's Board Chairperson, Prof. Richard Mkandawire,

said the existence of MwAPATA Institute in Malawi  is anchored on a set of core values, beliefs and principles of professionalism, relevance, independence, mutual respect and excellence. He added MwAPATA's partnership with AGRA would revolve around these values.


Dr. Nwafor said they were impressed with the work that MwAPATA did previously on COVID19 study, stating "your work is worth support and we hope to do more work together on policy and evidence" 

Joining the Vice President from AGRA were Chris Chibwana, Head of HAPA at AGRA; Paul Thangata, Senior HAPA Officer; and Daniel Njiwa, Head of Regional Food Trade Program.


Guest of Honor, Hon. Lobin C. Lowe, Minister of Agriculture

Hon. Lobin C. Lowe, Minister of Agriculture, joined by his Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Agnes Nkusankhoma and Principal Secretary of Agriculture, Mrs. Erica Maganga and other Directors from other Ministries, Development Partners, Civil Society, International NGOs, Local NGOs, members of the media, Academicians, and the general public took time to join us on 1st October 2020 from 8am to 1pm physically and virtually.  


Summary report can be accessed here 

Highlights video






In Print News

WhatsApp Image 2020-10-06 at 1.07.03 PM.

Nation Newspaper

On TV 


Launch in Pictures


On September 17, 2020, MwAPATA Institute officially ratified a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Planning Commission (NPC). The signing ceremony was held at NPC offices in Lilongwe. The MoU provides a framework for long term collaboration between the MwAPATA Institute and the National Planning Commission in outreach and research that will inform the ongoing visioning process for the country and contribute to progress towards realizing the Transformation 2063. Read More..

Mentions in print...

On TV!

Rainbow TV News Report by Leah Malekano

And on the radio...

MOU signed with NPCMwAPATA
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The voice of Grace Donga, Capital FM Radio, Day Break Malawi Program for 18th September, 2020. Reported by John Namalenga Jnr.