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The 6th Nd   zotheka Eminent Speaker Series:
Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 || 5:00 - 7:00 pm CAT || Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe & Virtual via Zoom 


Prof. Kevin Chika Urama
Senior Director, African Development Institute
African Development Bank

The importance of Human and Institutional Capacity Enhancement in Building Resilient Agri-Food Systems in Africa 

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Speech by Principal Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Erica Maganga

Speech by Mr. William Chadza, Executive Director for MwAPATA Institute


Prof. Kevin Chika Urama gave an overview of the food systems in Africa, and shared recommendations on how to address gaps identified in the system. He highlights the importance of:


  • Honoring the Maputo declaration

  • Developing national agricultural innovation systems

  • Digitizing of the agri-food system

  • Facilitating public private partnerships to invest in markets and agricultural research and development

  • Developing and strengthening local think tanks to ensure evidence-based policy design.

The seminar was followed by comments from discussant, Prof. Richard Mkandawire, Director of the Alliance for Africa Partnership, and Board Chair of both MwAPATA and NPC,  and a panel comprised of Prof. Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, Dr. Agnes Mwangwela, Bunda College Director, LUANAR, and Dr. Rodwell Mzonde, Director of Planning and Services in the Ministry of Agriculture.


In case you missed it, you can read the summary report

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