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The Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Antony Chapoto as the Interim Executive Director. Dr. Chapoto brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this crucial role, having previously served as the Technical Chair of the Network. His extensive background in agricultural economics and research positions him as a distinguished leader in steering ANAPRI towards new heights.

Dr. Antony Chapoto holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, a Master’s from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Bachelor’s from Africa University. Throughout his career, he has been committed to conducting impactful research and engaging with policymakers and agriculture stakeholders on critical policy issues. As a passionate agriculture and development economist, Dr. Chapoto has conducted extensive research on agriculture and food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to numerous publications, including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, working papers, advisory notes, policy briefs, and infographics.

During Dr. Chapoto’s tenure as the Technical Chair, he coordinated ANAPRI’s initiatives in the execution of the Comprehensive Africa Climate Change Initiative (CACCI 1.0) across two pilot countries, Zambia and Ghana. Additionally, he led research efforts aimed at contributing to the forthcoming Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit.

From 2014 to 2023, Dr. Chapoto served as the Director of Research and Innovation at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), where he played a pivotal role in shaping research activities. His international experience as a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2012 to 2014 further enriched his research abilities, perspectives and collaboration skills.

Dr. Antony Chapoto is not only a researcher but also a catalyst for change. As Interim Executive Director, he is well-positioned to lead ANAPRI towards achieving its goals and making a lasting impact on agricultural policy in the continent.

ANAPRI is excited to welcome Dr. Antony Chapoto as the Interim Executive Director, confident that his leadership will propel the organization to new heights. His immense background, wealth of experience, and commitment to impactful change make him a valuable asset in advancing agricultural policy research in Africa. As ANAPRI continues to evolve, Dr. Chapoto’s leadership promises a future of innovation, collaboration, and positive transformation for African agriculture.