RUFORUM trains researchers and non-research actors to develop projects addressing food and nutrition insecurity in ECSA region

Participants in a plenary session

As part of mobilizing resources to scale out best practice research for development through partnership between research and non-research actors (nongovernmental organizations, private companies and farmer organisations), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), organized a write-shop to develop proposals to respond to the 2018 Cultivate Africa’s Future – Phase 2 (CultiAF-2). The Write-shop supported by PAEPARD under the capacity building Work Package and the private sector and university engagement of the mastercard foundation Project “Transforming African Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s Development (TAGDev) took place from 12 -16th February 2018 at Entebbe Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel. It gathered 33 participants from Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Participants consisted of representatives from RUFORUM member universities, NARIs, Farmers’ organizations, Private Sector organizations, and staff members from RUFORUM Secretariat and FARA.

The CultiAF-2 focuses on issues under 4 key research areas aligned to the regional priorities of the 2014 Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods for which the fund will focus.

  • Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses.
  • Improved gender equity.
  • Nutrition and human health; and
  • Climate change and sustainable water management.
Participants at the Write-shop

CultiAF-2 is expected to address real practical development challenges and research needs in 10 developing eligible African countries mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa – namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Specifically, the project will support cutting edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure with special interest in supporting innovative research with the potential for breakthrough results that can be effectively scaled-up and easily adopted by smallholder farmers, food processors, post-harvest handlers, and other value chain actors to improve food and nutrition security and achieve gender equality.

At the end of the write-shop which was organized into plenary sessions, topical presentations, peer reviews, and group work 16 concept notes were developed by participants.

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