Speaking Up for Farmers in Malawi
By Kisa Sow | Photo by Michael P. King
Lusayo Mwakatika BS’21 grew his first garden at the age of 14. He harvested his own vegetables, sold them to friends and neighbors, and used the earnings as his allowance. It was a living extension of the passion for agriculture he developed while growing up in Malawi, where farming is a pillar of culture.
In May 2021, Mwakatika graduated from UW–Madison with a degree in agricultural business management and a certificate in entrepreneurship. Now his plan is to continue the work he started while on campus: renovating the agricultural sector in Malawi. That’s the future Mwakatika sees for himself, but he also ushered his classmates into their own futures with the words he shared as student speaker at the spring commencement ceremony. And though he’s moving on, he will leave a lasting imprint on campus through his achievements.