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MwAPATA visits LUANAR Vice Chancellor


Attendees gather after the meeting, from left: Prof. Richard Mkandiwire (Board Chair-MwAPATA); Dr. Samson P. Katengeza (Dir. of Research & Outreach-LUANAR), Prof. Emmanuel Kaunda (Vice Chancellor-LUANAR), Mr. William Chadza (Executive Director-MwAPATA), Dr. William Burke (Acting Research Director-MwAPATA), Dr. Milu Muyanga (Partnership Coordinator-MwAPATA)

A delegation from the MwAPATA Institute was honored to visit the Vice Chancellor of LUANAR, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda. Also present from LUANAR were the University Registrar and the Director of Research and Outreach.

The parties discussed the ongoing and future collaboration between the University and the Institute in both broad and specific terms. Currently the organizations are working together on several studies relating to land issues, farmer commercialization and domestic animal feed production.


A Roundtable on Key Drivers of the Fertilizer Price Surge and Policy Options
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 || 5:00 - 7:00 pm CAT || Sunbird Capital, Lilongwe 

The MwAPATA Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organized a roundtable to initiate a conversation around the drivers of the fertilizer price surge and key policy options. About 70 people joined physically with nearly as many joining via Zoom.

Present were key government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance,  Ministry of Trade; Members of Parliament from 4 committees of Agriculture, Trade, Natural Resources as well as Budget and Finance.  Development partners were also in attendance, as well as international and local NGO's, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and others. 

Key issues from the discussion included:

  • Fertilizer price increases are driven by global market, with rising food prices as a key root cause. In turn, food prices are related to the recovery in some parts from Covid-19, production shortages in key global regions, and rising fuel and transportation costs.

  • The upsurge in fertilizer prices hinders Malawi's ability to achieve the national food security. There is going to be a serious food security crisis next year if we do not act today.

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The Inorganic Fertilizer Price Surge in 2021: Key Drivers and Policy Options


Dr. Christone Nyondo, Research Fellow, MwAPATA Institute

Why are fertilizer prices in Malawi high? and What can be done?

Dr. Jan Duchoslav, Research Fellow, IFPRI -Malawi


  • Mr. Giannakis, Chairperson - Fertilizer Association of Malawi

  • Mr. Jacob Nyirongo, Chief Executive Officer - Farmers Union of Malawi

  • Hon. Gladys Ganda, Chairperson - Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament

  • Hon. Rhino Chiphiko, General Manager - ADMARC

  • Mr. Levi Chirwa, Director of Budgets - Ministry of Finance

The panel discussion revolved around how fertilizer prices surge can be addressed to avoid longterm negative effects.  The members brought in their experiences and expertise depending on the institutions /bodies that they represented.​

If Not Tobacco, Then What?
A Roundtable Discussion on Alternatives to Tobacco
Thursday, May 20th, 2021  ||  5pm to 7pm (CAT)   


Left to Right: Dr. Rodwell Mzonde - Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Ronald Ngwira - PYXUS Agriculture Limited, Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu - NASFAM, Mr. Boyden Ndhlovu - Kampala Estate

MwAPATA Institute organised a roundtable discussion  to answer the question, If not Tobacco, Then What?  This discussion came barely few weeks after the State President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera told Malawians to begin to find alternatives to Tobacco which is around the world declining sharply.  

The discussion had two presentations generated from a study that MwAPATA Institute has undertaken on "Alternatives to Tobacco" which was presented by Dr. Makaiko Khonje, a Research Fellow at MwAPATA Institute.  To concretize the discussion was a presentation by Prof. Blessings Chinsinga of APRA when he presented on "Analyzing Pathways to inclusive commercialization"

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A four member Panel discussion followed where experiences were shared by a Farmer, Mr. Boyden Ndhlovu of Kampala estate.  He is doing Tobacco Farming but has now started to diversify to other crops like groundnuts and now he is beginning to do bee keeping.  Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu, the Chief Executive Officer of National Smallholder Farmers Association also shared challenges and opportunities that are available in exporting other crops.  While Mr. Ronald Ngwira, the Managing Director of PYXUS Agriculture Limited shared more on their work in groundnuts production which is another better alternative to Tobacco.  Dr. Rodwell Mzonde who is the Director of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture provide the policy options available. 

The guest of honor at this event was Dr. Alexander Bulirani who is the Director of Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and an Advisory Board Member for MwAPATA.

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