Dr. Milu Muyanga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University since June 2013. He is appointed in the fixed term system. He conducts his research, outreach and capacity building activities in Africa currently working intensively with research collaborators in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia. Milu is an emerging thought leader in agriculture and rural transformation in Africa with his research focusing on emerging agricultural land constraints and sustainable intensification in Africa, emerging medium-scale farms, changing structure of African farms, and youth livelihoods.
Dr. Muyanga is widely travelled and published in a wide range of increasingly impactful refereed journals. He was recognized by the Global Development Network, winning the first prize on Best Research on Household Exposure to Risk theme in 2007.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Milu worked as a Research Fellow with Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University (Kenya) between 2004 and 2007. Before then he worked as an Economist in the Ministry of Planning and National Development in the Government of Kenya between 1997 and 2003.
Currently, Dr. Muyanga is on a long-term assignment in Lilongwe, Malawi, where he is overseeing the creation of two Food Security Group projects. First, the establishment of Policy Support for Agriculture Transformation (PolSAT) project. PolSAT is a policy advisory unit embedded in the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Second, the establishment of a pre-eminent, respected, neutral, and self-sustaining agricultural policy institute, named the Malawi Agricultural Policy Advancement and Transformation Agenda – MwAPATA – which means “we’ve won” in Chichewa, the main language of Malawi. Milu is currently serving as the Institute’s inaugural Research Director.
Research and Outreach Interests
- Agricultural land constraints in sub-Saharan Africa
- Agricultural markets, prices and value chain analysis
- Household welfare (poverty, inequality and food insecurity) analysis
- Evidence-based agricultural policy processes
- Agricultural and rural development programs/projects monitoring and impact evaluation
Farm-level production diversity and child and adolescent nutrition in rural sub-Saharan Africa: a multicountry, longitudinal study
Published on May 2, 2022
Changing Farm Structure and Agricultural Commercialisation: Implications for Livelihood Improvements Among Small-Scale Farmers in Nigeria
Published on May 1, 2022
Can medium-scale farms support smallholder commercialisation and improve welfare? Evidence from Nigeria
Published on April 19, 2022
Medium-Scale Farming as a Policy Tool for Agricultural Commercialisation and Small-Scale Farms Transformation in Nigeria
Published on April 1, 2022
Changing Farm Size Distributions and Agricultural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Published on March 17, 2022
A Multi-Phase Assessment of the Effects of COVID-19 on Food Systems and Rural Livelihoods in Nigeria
Published on December 12, 2021
A revisit of farm size and productivity: Empirical evidence from a wide range of farm sizes in Nigeria
Published on October 1, 2021
The role of large traders in driving sustainable agricultural intensification in smallholder farms: Evidence from Kenya
Published on February 25, 2021
MSU Economists Develop New Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Malawi
Published on January 19, 2021