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Incomes, Welfare and Poverty 
International Trade and Finance 
Macroeconomic Forecasting 
Micro Economics 
Public Sector Reforms 
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Micro Economics

Professor Patrick Malope is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Microeconomics Unit. He joined BIDPA in June 2013. Professor Malope holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manchester (UK) with specialisation in policy analysis. He also holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics degree from the University of London (UK) with specialisation in policy analysis and marketing and a BA Economics degree from the University of Botswana. Prior to joining BIDPA, Professor Malope worked for Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) as Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Education and Extension. While at BCA he taught the following courses: Introduction to Agricultural Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Price Analysis, Research Methods in Agricultural Economics, Project Appraisal and Evaluation, Agricultural Policy and International Trade in Agricultural Products. His research interests include Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Marketing, Climate Change, Small Medium Micro Enterprises, Agricultural and Rural Development and Value Chain Analysis.

Selected Journal Articles Publications:

Bahta, S. and Malope, P. 2014. Measurement of competitiveness in smallholder livestock systems and emerging policy advocacy: an application to Botswana. Food Policy. 49: 408-417.

Malope, P. 2011. Prospects and challenges of seed privatisation in developing countries: the case of Botswana. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 3(10):504-513.

Malope, P. 2011. Economics of Sustainable Beef Production in Botswana: Challenges and opportunities. UNISWA Journal of Agriculture, 15(2):159-163.

Mabaya, E., Jordan, D, Malope, P., Monkhei, M., and Jackson, J. 2010. Attribute Preferences and willingness to pay for fortified cereal foods in Botswana. Agrekon49(4).

Malope, P. and Batisani, N. 2008. Land reforms that exclude the poor, Development Southern Africa. 25(4): 283-397.

Selected Books and Monographs:

Bahta, S., Baker, D. Malope, P. and Katjiuongua, E. 2015.  A meta-frontier analysis of determinants of technical efficiency in beef farm types: an application to Botswana. Contributed paper. International Conference of Agricultural Economists. 8-14 August 2015. Milan, Italy. 

Malope, P. 2013. Public sector support for inclusive agribusiness development – An appraisal of institutional models in Botswana. Country Case Studies – Africa. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome, Italy.

vanEngelen, A., Malope, P., Keyser, J. and Neven, D. 2013. Botswana Agrifood Value Chain Project: Beef Value Chain Study. Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Agriculture Organisation. p.175.

Malope, P. 2010. Measuring Price Distortions and their effects on the Botswana’s beef sector. Lap Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-3-8433-7876-5. p.258.

Mahabile, M., Malope, P., and Sebina, N.V. 2006. Farm Management-A Handbook for Farmers. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Ministry of Agriculture.

Malope, P. 2006. Introduction to Agricultural Economics. Bay Publishing. Gaborone. ISBN: 999120597-2-4. P191.


Key Projects:

Team Leader: BIDPA Team on the Diagnostic Study on Social Uplifment for the National Strategy Office. July –December 2014.

National Consultant: Analysis of the Emerging Sectors (meat (piggery, goats & poultry), dairy, and leather) under the framework of the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP). Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE) in Collaboration with HCL Consultants. Greece.

Team Leader. BIDPA Team on Smallholder livestock competitiveness. International Livestock Research Institute.

National Consultant. Botswana CAADP Country Process Stocktaking Exercise for Ministry of Agriculture and NEPAD. July – December 2014.

National Consultant. Preparation of Country Programming Framework (CPF) for Botswana. Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation. April – May 2013.

National Consultant. Botswana CAADP Country Process Pre-Stocktaking Preparatory Analysis in preparation for Alignment of the Botswana Agriculture Plans to CAADP Principles. Client: CAADP and Ministry of Agriculture. January – May 2013

Regional Consultant. Agribusiness Curriculum Survey Consultancy for Southern Africa. Client. African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE). July – August 2011.

National Consultant. Appraisal of Institutional Mandates for Agribusiness Support in Sub-Saharan Africa – Botswana. Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation.

National Consultant. SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) – National Study for Botswana. Client. SADC and FAO. October 2008 – August 2009.


David Mmopelwa

Mr David Mmopelwa is currently a Research Fellow at BIDPA in the Poverty and Welfare unit. He also worked as an Associate Researcher and a Research Assistant during the periods 2008 to 2012, and 2004 to 2008, respectively. He graduated with Masters Degree in Economics (in 2008) and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (in 2004), both from the University of Botswana. Mr Mmopelwa has keen interest in the analysis of poverty and welfare economic issues. He has attended training workshops in the field of poverty analysis and assessment, which include “participatory methods in poverty analysis, and “the use of STATA software in poverty analysis.


Since joining BIDPA, he has been a team member for several consultancy projects, including the following:

  • Customer satisfaction survey. Client: Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). 2015-2016.
  • Social upliftment diagnostic study: Client: National Strategy Office, Office of the President, Botswana. 2014.
  • Institutional reforms of the construction industry in Botswana. Client: Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Botswana. 2012.
  • Elections and the Management of Diversity in Africa, Botswana case. Client: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), 2012.
  • Enterprise development in Botswana. Client: International Labour Organization, 2011.
  • National Vision 2016 household opinion survey. Client: Vision 2016 secretariat. 2010.
  • Consultancy to review the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction: Social Protection Policy (Social Safety Nets) for poverty and vulnerability reduction. Client: Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Botswana, December 2009-June 2010.
  • Botswana’s Agricultural Sector Review. Client: Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana, 2008-2009.
  • Consultancy to conduct a sub-national baseline nutrition-economic study in the context of rising food prices. Client: UNICEF Botswana. April-August 2009.



  • Mmopelwa, D., and Lekobane, K.R. (2015). Household Wealth Status in Botswana: An Asset Based Approach. Global journal of human social science. Volume XV, Issue VI: 21-28 
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Lekobane, K.R. (2014). Assessing Household Wealth Status: An Asset Based Approach. In Statistics Botswana. 2014. Population and Housing Census Analytical Report. Statistics Botswana, Gaborone.
  • Kaboyakgosi, G., and Mmopelwa D. (2013). Economics of Elections. In Phirinyane, B (ed). Elections and the Management of Diversity in Botswana: Gaborone, Botswana: Lentswe la Lesedi. ISBN 978-99912-71-50-7.
  • Okurut, N., Kepaletswe, F., & Mmopelwa, D. (2013) Determinants of Birth Weight in Botswana. International Journal of Academic Research in Economics and Management Sciences, 2 (52): 2226-3524.
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Seleka, T. B.  (2012). Public Transfers and communal beef cattle marketing decisions: Empirical Evidence from Botswana. Journal of Agribusiness, 30(1): 87-106.
  • Mmopelwa, D., and Seleka, T. B.  (2011). Factors underlying communal beef cattle marketing decisions in Botswana: The role of public and private transfers. BIDPA, Working paper No 30.
  • Mmopelwa, D., Nnyepi, M., Codjia, P. (2011). Predictors of household food insecurity and implications for child nutrition (in Maundeni T. P and Nnyepi M. S (Eds). Thari ya Bana: Reflections on Children in Botswana. Gaborone: UNICEF).
  • Nnyepi, M., Mmopelwa, D., and Codjia, P. (2010). Child nutrition and household economic situation in the context of rising food prices in Mabutsane and Bobirwa (in Maundeni T. P (Ed). Thari ya Bana: Reflections on Children in Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana: UB and UNICEF).
  • Seleka, T. B., Makepe, P., Kebakile, P., Batsetswe, L., Mmopelwa, D., Mbaiwa, K., and Jackson, J. (2008). The Feasibility of Mandatory Fortification of Cereals in Botswana. Lentswe la Lesedi, Gaborone, Botswana. ISBN: 978-99912-71-39-2.


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