The development of the agriculture sector remains a key pillar and pathway of the economic and social development of many nations. It also holds the promises of improving food and nutritional security across the world. Universities and research institutions, have a prominent role to play in achieving these aspirations, through production of research output, knowledge, and innovations that meet the needs and challenges in the agricultural sector, and advancing the technologies for future world. In Africa, the role of universities and research institutions in catalysing societal development is even more crucial, in the current context of demographic explosion, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation are implementing the Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to African Growth and Development (TAGDev) project to increase universities’ relevance and impact on the community, with a particular emphasis on smallholder farmer communities. In these processes, it is well acknowledged that research along the agricultural value chains and focusing on aspects that are meaningful for livelihoods, will have considerable long-term implications for societal well-being and sustainable development. Further, the impacts of these research outputs on society are even greater when they are practical, communicable and locally exploitable.

The African Journal of Rural Development (AJRD) is an online open access multi-disciplinary journal that shares knowledge on all aspects that focus on sustainable rural development of rural communities. The journal focuses on the following areas:

  1. Sustainable agriculture and protection of natural resources
  2. Social and economic changes in agriculture and forest management
  3. Environmental management of agroforestry systems
  4. Management of water and hydric resources as indicators of quality of life and sustainable development in rural environments
  5. Use of primary production, forestry, and agriculture as sources of renewable energy
  6. Sustainable land use
  7. Ecological production, food safety and guarantee of origin

As part of strengthening dissemination of research outputs and lesson sharing in the TAGDev project, the AJRD invites student beneficiaries of the TAGDev project, including postgraduates students and their supervisors, to submit journal papers following the journal instructions for authors, guidelines and format (  

The deadline for submission is 31th December 2020. Papers should be submitted through the journal online platform ( All submissions will be scanned for originality through the anti-plagiarism software, peer reviewed and published as open access journal articles.

The Journal publishes in French and English. Therefore, authors can submit papers in either English or French. For inquiries about your submission, please contact us through

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