In keeping with LUANAR’s fundamental mission of conducting challenge-led research aimed at promoting a rich quality of life in Malawi and beyond, the Directorate of Research and Outreach is mandated to provide leadership in formulating and implementing relevant University policy and strategy. The Directorate oversees a variety of functional areas, including ensuring compliance with research governance, supporting researchers to access funding and advising on the contracting process, facilitating academic collaborations, industrial interactions and knowledge transfer. The Directorate is also responsible for developing research metrics and gathering data to facilitate the tracking of research and outreach activities
Limbikani Matumba is the current director. He holds an appointment at Natural Resources College (LUANAR) in the Department Agriculture (Food Technology theme) as an Associate Professor. He received a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2014) from Ghent University, Belgium. His research focuses on food safety. He has published about 30 scientific articles in journals listed in the Web of Science (ISI) and currently serves on editorial board for the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture (Wiley). Before joining the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2015, he had served as a Researcher for 12 years under the Department of Agricultural Research Services (MALAWI).