NPC signs collaboration agreement with MwaPATA
The National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Malawi Agriculture Policy Advancement and Transformation Agenda (MwaPATA) Institute on Thursday, September 17, 2020 signed a memorandum of understanding for their collaboration on policy research in agriculture, natural resources and rural development.
The event marks the official commencement of joint research activities between the two institutions in shaping national policies and development plans in the specified fields.
MwAPATA Institute was established in 2019 with the support from NPC to operate as its research arm affiliate.
Speaking after the signing of the MoU, NPC Director General Dr. Thomas Munthali said the agreement will enable MwaPATA to support NPC with evidence on how to get things done, especially in the agricultural sector.
He said agricultural remains critical to Malawi’s transformation and the realization of development plans and that it was important for agricultural planning to be based on well-grounded information.
“Malawi will continue to rely on agriculture for its development but for that to be transformative, we need a radical shift to commercial farming and make it feed into industry.
“Agriculture industrialization will be key in creating jobs and supporting the sustainable urbanization pillar [of the envisioned Vision 2063] through creation of secondary cities centred on large scale production of viable commercial crops,” said Munthali.
On his part, MwaPATA acting Executive Director Mr. William Chadza said, among other things, the institute will ensure that Malawi’s development planning and policy formulation are based on homegrown solutions.
He said the MoU cements the institute’s partnership with NPC as it formalizes its affiliation to the commission.
“This [MoU] gives us legitimacy as a national think tank. It provides the framework for collaboration and outreach in research,” he said.