Malawian Professor Mkandawire named worldwide branding professional of the year

Vice President of African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, Prof. Richard Mlomboji Mkandawire, has been named a Worldwide Branding Professional of the Year in Agriculture.

Professor Richard Mlomboji Mkandawire

Professor Richard Mlomboji Mkandawire

Although the Worldwide Branding is an honour, only a small selection of members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction.

A statement by the organisation says these special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, years of service, and the credentials they have provided in association with their Worldwide Branding membership.

Prof. Mkandawire has 30 years of experience working in the agricultural and rural development sectors in Africa.

In the past years, he has served as vice president of African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, an agricultural organization that collaborates with private businesses in order to establish sustainable and competitive fertilizer markets in Africa.

In addition, the organization’s efforts promote an African Green Revolution.

“Within this role, Prof. Mkandawire is able to utilize his expertise in agricultural policy research and development to engage national African governments, private sector and civil society actors to address the challenges of agriculture transformation in Africa.

“On a daily basis, he addresses a variety of business-related issues, including overseeing partnerships, public affairs and communication, as well as organizing forums to discuss present challenges that may hinder agriculture transformation with specific focus on fertilizer value chain development in Africa,” reads the statement.

In addition, Prof. Mkandawire focuses on engaging the governments to facilitate policy reforms that will spur agriculture transformation in Africa.

He previously spent eight years at the helm of leadership, rallying support for African smallholder farmers, and enhancing sustainable food security at household level, through building strategic alliances and support for the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The Obama Administration, under “Feed the Future,” has supported CAADP in funding African countries in their quest to boost agriculture productivity and food security.

Prof. Mkandawire attributes his success within these professional endeavors to his “passion for making a contribution to a new Africa that is rising yet paradoxically has left many of its citizens at the bottom ladder of poverty.”

In preparation for his career, Prof. Mkandawire earned a Ph.D. in developmental studies from the University of East Anglia and a Master of Science in agricultural extension.

He also holds a Master of Arts in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri and an honorary doctorate in agricultural science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The latter was bestowed upon him due to his efforts in advancing the CAADP agenda.

Prof. Mkandawire was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding in recognition of his accomplishments.

He was also awarded the prestigious South African based Drivers of Change Award in 2008. Additionally, in 2012, Prof. Mkandawire was appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria due to his outstanding work in agricultural policy development and advocacy.

To supplement his extensive career, Prof. Mkandawire maintains professional affiliation with a number of boards and African institutions of higher learning. he sits on the ONE Campaign Advisory board for Africa.

He is chairperson of the Modernization of African Food Systems Advisory board- An initiative of USA and African Universities consortium In the future, he aims to continue providing support to his country and the African development community.

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What has he done? I can’t get it!


Bravo, Prof. Congrats for your outstanding achievements. Well done. Next am in JBG we must have “tuphele” to celebrate!!


Sad that some idiots find an opportunity to be tribalism. Richard is a person that would not want anybody to use his name to segregate others. He stays in Johannesburg and has been a role model for all Malawians leaving in JHB and not only Tumbukas. If you have nothing to say just keep your mouth shut. And keep Richard out of this

Daniel Phiri

What has he done again? I’m still not getting it. the article just lists his positions and affiliations. Is that how you measure someone’s contributions? Let’s take Bill Clinton. I can say he established Clinton Foundation and built 3 hospitals which serve 500 sick children per month. Now what tangible contributions has this prof made? What’s the credibility of the institution that awards this Branding award? Who are the past winners? The article should have been more clear so that we know before celebrating


IT is only those who are still in the old stage who still believe one tribe can be more intelligent than another tribe. In Malawi evidence is overwhelming that no single tribe can monopolise intelligence. Malawi has evidence of successful and accomplished professors cutting across all tribes in the country. Shame on those occupied with ethnic mindsets.

I congratulate Prof Mkandawire for a well deserved accomplishment. Keep the fire burning. You have put Malawi on the map.



crossing tribal boundaries
crossing tribal boundaries

Congrats Prof Mlomboji Mkandawire for the outstanding work.You don’t represent any tribe but you are doing it as a Malawian.Let those with tribal hate remain like that not knowing most new generation have intermarried.

Concerned Citizen

Congratulation Prof. Your good works shall always reward you.


Congratulations to you Prof. R.M. Mkandawire! We as Malawians, are very proud of you as you raise the Malawian flag around the world!

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