Dr Frank Tchuwa

Dr Frank Tchuwa (PhD Development Studies) is a lecturer in Rural Development and Extension at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi. He is a highly motivated self-starter, team player, and innovative academic, whose goal is to generate options for improving agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security, social justice, and the wellbeing of marginalised communities in sub-Sahara African countries. Frank is interested in applying a systems approach to analysing and developing strategies for addressing intertwined and complex barriers to sustainable food systems. He anticipates that his research will help to unveil the trade-offs and synergies encountered in pathways to sustainable food systems as well as shed light on the salient processes, governance, and institutions that enable the transformation of food systems in developing countries. Frank has experience in evaluating farmer-centred approaches that support agroecological innovation in diverse farming systems. These approaches include farmer research networks, farmer research teams, farmer field schools, and the lead farmer. His work highlights the designs and processes that affect the inclusion of and collaboration with powerful stakeholders and farmers representing diverse socio-economic categories.