LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The just launched Malawi’s research think-tank MwAPATA Institute is geared to advance agriculture transformation through critical analyse of the policies that govern the sector.
The institute wants to see meaningful policies coupled with strategies that will improve the investment climate, as well as promote agricultural diversification for improving living standards.
Launching the research think on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in the capital Lilongwe, MwAPATA’s Advisory Board Chairperson Professor Richard Mkandawire expects total transformation of the country’s agriculture sector and beyond.
Professor Mkandawire looks into significant of transforming the country’s agriculture sector to develop strong, market based linkages studies between agriculture and industries.
Through zoom speech from USA’ Michigan State University Professor Titus Awokuse urged Malawians to embrace the institute for total agriculture transformation.
Professor Awokuse observed that MwAPATA’s launch signifies planting of seed for meaningful search output for better Malawi economically.
Echoing on the same, Dr. Candida Nakhumwa, Agriculture Transformation Initiative (ATI) Country Director assured the institute of total support towards its goals to change the sector for the better.
Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe minced no words by lauding the think-tanks work started so far saying will complement government efforts in transforming the agriculture sector.
Lowe emphased on the need for local farmers to have better markets for their produces through practical research findings.
MwAPATA Institute works in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), and the National Planning Commission (NPC)as well as private, public and civil society organization in Malawi.