MwAPATA research themes and areas will be identified in consultation with stakeholders and approved by the Institute’s Board. The Institute’s research falls under three broad categories:

1) Demand-driven research:

This will constitute about 50 percent of MwAPATA research. Demand-driven research will aim to respond to policymakers’ specific requests for studies to fill in information gaps around specific policy actions that the government is considering in the agricultural sector. This will involve interacting with policy makers to learn their priority policy challenges and responding to these priorities.

2) Supply-driven research:

This will constitute about 30 percent of the Institute’s research activities. Supply-driven falls into two strands. The first strand will be analysis geared towards overcoming known and entrenched barriers to policy change, which may not necessarily be demanded by government, but are believed by private stakeholders and civil society to warrant serious consideration in policy discourse. The second strand will be anticipating major challenges coming down

the pike and alerting the agricultural sector policy makers and other players about the need to respond proactively rather than reactively. This research will seek to identify megatrends that will seriously affect the country’s agricultural transformation and foreseeing the future challenges and opportunities associated with these trends.


3) Reactive/rapid response: 

This will constitute about 20 percent of the Institute’s research. Reactive studies are short-term fire-fighting analysis in response to specific urgent requests from policymakers, the private sector, and/or development partners. This will also include research to address emerging issues such as COVID-19 pandemic. 

All of our research is freely available via our research publications portal.