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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. MwAPATA was established with a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World via Michigan State University and continues with the support of the Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development and other partners.

Recent  Event

Irrigated Rice Farming and Malaria in Malawi
Research Dissemination Workshop
Thursday, 19th October 2023, Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe, Malawi || 8:30 am - 1:30 pm CAT

Find the event recording here
Event in Pictures


Malaria and irrigated rice farming stand as opposing forces in Malawi's development challenges. While the nation's long-term development plan, Malawi 2063, advocates for sustainable irrigation systems to boost agricultural productivity and mitigate climate-related risks, it simultaneously aims to enhance public health by reducing malaria-related mortality. The conundrum lies in the potential of irrigated farming to contribute to malaria transmission. In response, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in collaboration with Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KuHES), the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the MwAPATA Institute, initiated a comprehensive study to shed light on the intricate connection between rice irrigation and malaria risk.

The study's specific objectives encompassed assessing the proximity of homes to rice irrigation, the impact on household well-being and food production, climate knowledge, and the effectiveness of malaria control interventions. In an effort to share the findings and foster dialogue, CRS, KuHES, LUANAR, and MwAPATA organized a dissemination workshop targeting policy makers working in malaria, public health and agriculture, academicians and researchers, civil society organizations, development partners and other key stakeholders where discussions unearthed issues surrounding policies in the fight against malaria, ultimate need to bridge the gap between agriculture and public health for the betterment of Karonga district and its communities as well as other districts that are into rice growing.

The dissemination workshop had a panel of experts who shared their experiences based on the three presentations made by the researchers.  MwAPATA Institute made a presentation on study design, KuHES made a presentation on the Malaria component while LUANAR made a presentation on the agriculture component.


Fertilizer and Soil Health Country Position Paper and Plan of Action
Validation Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 26th September 2023, BICC, Lilongwe, Malawi ||
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm CAT
Event in Pictures

For more information contact:
Mr. Chi
mwemwe Khoswe, Ministry of Agriculture, Email:
Dr. Christone Nyondo, MwAPATA Institute Email:

Organized by
he Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the MwAPATA Institute with funds from Catholic Relief Services (CRS)



Malawi Data Portal online

New Research

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Guest of Honor:

Hon. Simplex Chithyola,
Minister of Trade & Industry

2023 Malawi Agricultural Productivity and Commercialization Conference (MAPCC)

Diversified Agricultural Value Chains for Improved Tr
ade Balances and Foreign Currency Reserves
Date: 30th - 31st August 2023

Watch the conference day 1 here
Watch the conference day 2 here


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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Agnes Kalibata,
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Presentations and more information about

the conference is available here

Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa National Research Dissemination Workshop
Date: Tuesday 16th May 2023|| Lilongwe, Malawi 

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in partnership with the MwAPATA Institute organized a national research dissemination workshop on Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa.


The workshop disseminated findings from part of collaborative research conducted in Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya aimed at deepening the understanding of climate change related challenges, mitigation and adaptation measures in the agrarian economies.


The dissemination event was attended in person and virtually by about 70 various key experts and stakeholders including representatives from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), development partners, Non-governmental Organizations, Academia, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, Farmers and media.

Find detailed report here

Event recording is available here

MwAPATA hosts Senior Media house staff to a breakfast on World Press Freedom Day
Date: Wednesday 3rd May 2023 || Lilongwe, Malawi