Dr. ANTONY CHAPOTO- INTERIM Executive Director

Dr. Antony Chapoto is a passionate agriculture and development economist who has conducted research on agriculture and food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored book chapters, working papers, advisory notes, policy briefs, and infographics.

Currently, he is the Interim Executive Director at the Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI), where he previously served as the Technical Chair at the Secretariat of the Network. In this role, he coordinated ANAPRI's activities during the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Climate Change Initiative (CACCI 1.0) in two pilot countries, Zambia and Ghana. He also led research activities to contribute to the upcoming Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit. From 2014 to 2023, he served as the Director of Research and Innovation at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI).

Chapoto played a significant role in establishing IAPRI in 2011 and assumed the position of Research Director in 2014. Prior to his time at IAPRI, he was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2012 to 2014 in the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Before that, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, stationed in Zambia with the department's Food Security Research Project as the USAID Chief of Party and Research Coordinator.

His research interests are focused on agricultural development issues in Africa, including climate change and natural resources, agricultural technology and productivity, smallholder farm commercialization, home-grown medium- and large-scale farmers, and food markets and policy.

Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to conducting research and engaging policymakers and agriculture stakeholders on key policy issues. He has conducted various outreach and capacity-building activities to promote sustainable policy change and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Antony holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, a Master's in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Bachelor's in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Africa University.


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