Richard Mkandawire Director, Africa Office

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Richard Mkandawire is currently vice president of the African fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, a non-profit organization committed to fostering increased use and usage of fertilizer among smallholder farmers in Africa. For eight years, Richard Mkandawire was part of the leadership that drove the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), an innovative framework for agricultural development established by African nations and leaders, which began as part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty through agriculture.

Mkandawire has received awards for his work on CAADP including the Drivers of Change Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Mkandawire came to CAADP and AFAP with decades of experience as a socio-economist and rural development expert. He has earned degrees from the University of Malawi, the University of Missouri and the University of East Anglia, and has held diverse positions as mentor, instructor, and research collaborator in multiple universities. Mkandawire is also an extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria.