LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The much awaited 2021 Malawi annual agriculture Policy conference which is slated for June 1-2, 2021 will focus on how best research findings can be implemented and put to good use.
The conference which is slated for Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe expect to identify quick wins for the pillar on agricultural productivity and commercialization in Malawi.
Mwapata Institute says Malawi should start implementing agricultural research findings in order to transform the agriculture sector in the country.
One of the conference’ organisers, MwAPATA Institute’s Executive Director William Chadza told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Thursday, May 27, 2021 that the gathering will provide platform for disseminating new evidence to stakeholders, exploring partnerships in research, harmonizing policy messaging and increase uptake of new reserach findings in policy making processes.
Chadza expects the conference to integrate new research findings into Malawi’s agricultural policy making to support agricultural transformation in line with the country’s agenda 2063.
Echoing on the same, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) National Director Pamela Kwali said will make sure that their work matches Agriculture research findings.
Kwali expects National Agricultural Policy is implemented that local are aware of the policy.
“This is because it has been noted that lack of awareness and implementation are among the challenges that encountered when policies are being formulated”, noted Kuwali.
National Planning Commission (NPC) Research Manager Andrew Jamali said the policy seeks to address some challenges such as agri-business to ensure that Malawi is taking agriculture as business through research proven findings.
MwAPATA Institute is hosting the conference alongside NPC, Ministry of Agriculture, University for Agricultural Research and Natural Resources, Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MCCCI) and among others.
Under the theme titled, ” Supporting Agriculture Transformation in Malawi: Beyond Research to implementation, the conference will attract participants from academia, government institutions, agricultural experts, media and among others.