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.

Upcoming Event

Strategy & Responses on the Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Malawi
Roundtable Dialogue
Date: Wednesday, 20th July 2022 || Time: 02:00pm - 05:00pm (CAT) ||
Venue: Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe, Malawi
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Meeting ID: 85448592328 || Passcode:175883

Guest of Honor:  Dr. Mafuta Mwale - Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance

  • Dr. Adwell Zembere, Deputy Director of Economic Planning (Regional Cooperation and International Organizations), Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
    Dr. Anderson Gondwe, Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute




 Roundtable Dialogue on Mega Farms

Date: Wednesday, 10th August 2022 || Time: 9:00am -12:30pm (CAT) ||
Venue: Lilongwe, Malawi
More details to follow


Recent  Events

Date: Thursday 16th, June 2022 || Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (CAT) ||
Venue: Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe, Malawi
Zoom Recording here

MwAPATA Institute, in collaboration with the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Ministry of Finance (Economic Planning and Development), and the National Statistics Office (NSO) and with funding from USAID, hosted an inaugural Malawian Data Symposium on June 16, 2022. The Symposium was an opportunity for researchers and analysts to learn about publicly available data sets from Malawi, and for institutions to describe their data and make it available. 

Key Presentations and the Malawi Data Portal can be accessed here



Theme: Driving Agricultural Diversification in Support of the Aspirations of MW2063


9-10 June 2022, Lilongwe, Malawi
Bingu International Convention Centre
Meeting recording available here , here, and here

Event in Pictures


H.E. Dr. Lazarus M. Chakwera
State President
Republic of Malawi


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President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera graced the official opening of the 2022 Malawi Agricultural Productivity and Commercialization Conference on 9th June 2022. During his opening remarks, Dr. Chakwera emphasized on action hence instructing the Ministry of Agriculture whose Minister was present during the official opening to produce results on implementation of Mega farms within six months. 

The conference took two days and key themes contributing to driving agricultural diversification in support of the aspirations of Malawi2063 were discussed. Practical experiences and exhibitions were part of the conference. 

Watch the official opening,  here

Conference details are available here

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 || 5:00 - 7:00 pm CAT || Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe & Virtual via Zoom 


Eminent Speaker
Mr. Lekani Katandula
Chief Executive Officer, 
Illovo Sugar Company (Malawi)


From Envisioning to Action: Practical Interventions Catalyzing Agricultural Productivity for Transformation and Wealth Creation

Event Recording available here

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Aquaculture Policy Research Dissemination Seminar
A side event to the SADC Regional Dialogue to build resilience and adaptation in artisanal fisheries and aquaculture in Southern Africa, and Celebrating IYAFA 2022
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 || 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CAT || BICC, Lilongwe & Virtual
Event Recording

Key Presenters

Key Documents

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Dr. Motseki Hlatshwayo
Technical Advisor
SADC Secretariat

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Dr. Maggie Munthali
Research Fellow
MwAPATA Institute


Prof. Fanuel Kapute
Chairperson - Research Expert Working Group
Aquaculture Roundtable



  • Dr Hastings Zidana, Senior Director, Department of Fisheries

  • Ladislao Di Domenica, AVCP Team Leader, GIZ

  • Mr. Penjani Nkhata, Aquaculture Operations Team Leader, Maldeco Fisheries

  • Mrs. Lanness Chavula, Member, Innovative Fish Farmers Network Trust

  • Prof. Daud Kassam, Deputy Director, Center of Excellence for Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, LUANAR

  • Dr. Sloans Chimatiro, President, Policy Research Network for Fisheries & Aquaculture in Africa


Event in Pictures

  • Ms. Chikondi Manyungwa-Pasani,       Chief Fisheries Officer, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Natural Resources

  • Mr. Mathews Malata,                        President, Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ)


News Updates

MwAPATA's Research Fellow elected as a GME's governing council member
By Ndidza Chisanu


Dr. Maggie Munthali , Research Fellow - MwAPATA Institute & Research Lead in GME governing council 2022

Cyclone Ana hits hard on Agriculture and livelihoods in Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts
By Ndidza Chisanu

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Images of how cyclone Ana affected communities in Chikwawa & Nsanje Districts

MwAPATA hosts media to a media brief on Impact of Russia/Ukraine War to Malawi's food security

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MwAPATA Executive Director, Mr. William Chadza speaking to the media

On 15th to 18th March 2022, Dr. Maggie Munthali joined other 30 African women representatives working in Earth observation and other space related fields to highlight their needs in terms of inclusivity.


This was the first Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Women workshop that was convened by the African Union Commission (AUC) at the kick-off and award ceremony of the second phase of the GMES & Africa Programme in Cotonou, Benin.


The workshop was borne out of the set implementing requirements of the GMES & Africa phase 2, a decision to include 30% of women specialized in EO-related fields as part of the eight Awarded consortia’s teams. Dr. Munthali was thus elected into the governing council as a Research lead.


Cyclone Ana disrupted livelihoods and agri-food systems, particularly human lives, household assets, production, transport, distribution, markets and preparation for consumption.
It is important to consider various short-, medium- and long- term measures as shared in our policy brief number 19  and in a statement made by the MwAPATA Executive Director, Mr. William Chadza here.

On 24th and 25th January 2022, Malawi especially Chikwawa and Nsanje districts were highly affected with heavy rains that resulted in flooding leaving communities no place to stay nor cultivate.

About 10 media houses were invited to a media briefing on the impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine would have on Malawi's food security and implications on policy. 

MwAPATA Executive Director Mr. Chadza said the war would have an effect on Malawi in three fronts, energy and transport costs, food prices, and fertilizer prices. "It is therefore prudent to consider steps that could be taken to ease the forthcoming burden,"said Chadza.

MwAPATA has recently published a policy brief on the same and is available here.

A video highlight of the impact of cyclone Ana on Chikwawa and Nsanje communities in lower shire, Malawi