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Dr Antony Chapoto is a renowned agriculture economist who has conducted research on agriculture and food systems in sub-Saharan Africa and has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and co-authored book chapters, working papers, advisory notes, policy briefs and infographics. He is the current research director of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute and the current technical chair of the Regional National Agricultural Policy Research Institutes.

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

He joined Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in July 2014 as the research director from the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he was a research fellow under the Development Strategy and Governance Division based in Accra, Ghana with institute’s Ghana Strategy Support Program from 2012 to 2014. Prior to this, Antony was 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 in Lusaka, as the USAID chief of party and research coordinator.

His research interests focus on agricultural development issues in Africa, including climate change and natural resources, agricultural technology and productivity, smallholder farm commercialisation, medium and large-scale farmers and food markets and policy. He has spent a large part of his career doing research, engaging policy makers and agriculture stakeholders on key policy issues through a variety of outreach and capacity building activities for sustainable policy change and development in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • –present
    Research Director, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI)