2015 ECAMA Research Symposium


The second annual research symposium of the Economics Association of Malawi took place in Lilongwe on June 4 and 5, 2015. The call for abstracts yielded over 40 presentations from local, regional and international researchers chosen for presentation. After a successful inaugural event in 2014, the 2015 ECAMA Research Symposium focused on “Agricultural transformation and value chain development for sustainable economic development.” Hosted by ECAMA with support from IFPRI’s and the Innovations for Poverty Action’s respective country offices, the event was held at the Malawi Institute of Management. Preceding ECAMA’s annual conference that aims to promote proactive debate among stakeholders on pertinent economic issues in Malawi, the Research Symposium attempts to further inform this debate by reviewing and synthesizing current evidence.

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Symposium Theme: Agricultural transformation and value chain development for sustainable economic development


  • Agricultural productivity and diversification
  • Technology adoption and mechanization
  • Linking farmers to markets (e.g., market information systems, contract farming, out-grower schemes)
  • Trade and industrial strategies (incl. political economy and institutional challenges)
  • Technical and institutional analyses of value chain development, value addition and agro- processing
  • Export promotion and import substitution
  • Macroeconomic stability and development

Program: This year's program consisted of three high-level Plenary Sessions and three Parallel Sessions, totaling over 40 diverse presentations from local, regional and international researchers.


Venue: Malawi Institute of Management

2014 ECAMA Symposium webpage: Information on last year’s symposium and accepted papers can be found here.