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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

10th Ndizotheka Eminent Speaker Series 
Thursday, 25th January 2024, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC), Lilongwe, Malawi || 2: 00 pm - 5: 00 pm CAT
Theme: Enhanced Agricultural Growth and Diversification

Event in Pictures

MwAPATA Institute alongside the National Planning Commission and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources conducted a 10th Eminent Speaker Series event under the theme "Enhancing Agriculture Growth and Diversification" on the 25th of January, 2024, at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).

The Eminent speaker at the event, Professor Sosten Chiotha emphasized the importance of reviving the Mwanaalirenji concept to promote agriculture diversification, enhancing carbon markets, and providing payments for nature-based solutions as a means of catalyzing environmental protection incentives. He also discussed the need for zonation of climatic conditions, altitudes, and physiography for agriculture planning to increase productivity. 

Later, a panel of five members representing different stakeholders in agriculture policy development and implementation discussed the challenges faced by farmers. These challenges include difficulty in accessing and investing in seed, equipment, and technology, as well as limited access to viable markets and extension services. 

The panel and the larger group recommended that the government and other institutional stakeholders take steps to ensure that farmers have access to information and viable markets. They also suggested that farmers be directly engaged in these platforms to ensure that they are exposed to technology. Additionally, the panel recommended that the government and other stakeholders consider vertical integration, from research and seed multiplication to production and processing, in order to create a good policy environment.

Event Live Streaming Here

Prof. Sosten Chiotha Presentation  


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

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 three institutions later organized a dissemination workshop targeting policy makers working in malaria, public health and agriculture, to unearth policy issues in the fight against malaria and bridging the gap between agriculture and public health for the betterment of communities that grow rice.

The dissemination workshop had a panel of experts who shared their experiences based on presentations made by MwAPATA Institute,  KuHES and LUANAR, respectively: Study design, Malaria component and  agriculture component.


Malawi Data Portal online

New Research


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. Chimwemwe 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)

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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 Trade 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 are available here

Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa National Research Dissemination Workshop

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2023|| Lilongwe, Malawi