NPC chairperson conferred honorary doctorate by South African university
The Board Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Professor Richard Mkandawire has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree by South Africa’s University of Pretoria in recognition of his contribution to the transformation of Africa’s agriculture and food systems as well as empowerment of the youth on the continent.
He has since accepted the nomination and is expected to travel to the graduation ceremonies in Pretoria in April 2023 to officially receive the degree Doctor of Sciences – honoris causa.
A letter from University of Pretoria’s Vice Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe dated August 11, 2022 and addressed to Professor Mkandawire says the conferment follows his nomination by the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
In the nomination, the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, among other things, cited Prof Mkandawire`s leadership and contribution towards development initiatives across many countries in Africa which is embodied in his practical work in public policy and academia over the past four decades.
Prof. Mkandawire was the principal architect of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) which has become Africa`s blueprint for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all.
His expertise and leadership whilst at the New Partnership for Africa`s Development (NEPAD), now referred to as the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), was instrumental in translating the 2003 Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security into CAADP – an inclusive agenda with tangible impact on African agriculture and food security.
More recently, Prof. Mkandawire was Vice President of the African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnerships (AFAP) and has previously worked as Regional Director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme where he facilitated the establishment of National Youth Commissions in support of youth employment, youth reproductive health, and youth policy analysis and development.
He was also the founding Director of the Centre for Youth Studies at the University of Venda for Science and Technology in the 1990s and his academic publications over the past four decades have been valuable in shaping the discourse on agricultural transformation, food systems, youth empowerment and capacity development in Africa.
Prof. Mkandawire serves on several international advisory boards in addition to being chairperson of Malawi’s National Planning Commission and Africa Director of the Alliance for African Partnerships (AAP).