APRA researcher appointed to local government in Malawi!

Congratulations to Professor Blessings Chinsinga on his appointment to the post of Minister of Local Government in Malawi!

Blessings has been a long-term research collaborator with IDS, being one of the founding members of the Future Agriculture Consortium (FAC), established in 2005. More recently, he has been a core member of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Malawi team. Together with FAC colleagues, he has conducted research on agricultural commercialisation and rural livelihoods in Malawi, the political economy of agricultural policy, as well as on gender and social differentiation, the groundnut value chain, and determinants of smallholder farmers’ livelihood trajectories.

Blessings is a political scientist with degrees from Cambridge and Mainz, and until his recent appointment he was the Director of the Centre for Social Research and Professor at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

Learn more about Dr Chinsinga’s appointment and background, here.