Prof. Richard Mkandawire is a Socioeconomist and a Rural Development expert. Before joining AAP, he worked as Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership where he led a team of experts in driving innovative interventions for efficient and effective delivery of fertilizers among smallholder farmers in Africa.
Prior to joining AFAP, Prof. Mkandawire was Senior Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), where he was the principal architect in the design of NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and a catalyzer for its acceptance by African Heads of State and Donor Agencies.
Prof. Mkandawire’s development initiatives have been recognized across the continent. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and in 2012 the University of Pretoria appointed him as an “Extra-Ordinary Professor” for his contribution to spearheading agriculture transformation in Africa.