Featured Projects

Training the next generation of scientist for Africa’s Transformation

University of Rwanda, Rwanda

RUFORUM has been a helping hand in rebuilding the University of Rwanda on agricultural developments and promoting Masters and PhD programs after the outbreak of the genocide. Leonidas Dusengemungu a Rwandan national was funded by RUFORUM for his Master’s studies at Makerere University. RUFORUM has also supported his Livestock IP innovation platform projects in Rwanda, hence transforming African communities.

Training Science Leaders for Africa Featuring Robert Kawuki

Makerere University, Uganda

The video features RUFORUM funded Robert Kawuki working together with the national crop research institute in developing soybean and cassava varieties, working with the farmers to ensure the address farmer needs. The story also highlights the importance of building capacity for African research institutions.

Training Science Leaders for Africa Featuring Charles Liri

Training Science Leaders for Africa Featuring Charles Liri, Uganda

Sorghum is a crop that is plagued by the striga weed. Charles is a RUFORUM grantee who is working together with the farmers to develop high-yielding, striga-tolerant varieties. There is mutual learning between the farmers and the student.

Training science leaders for Africa – Featuring Bento Filipe

Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

The video features a RUFORUM grantee called Bento Filipe Francisco, a junior researcher from the Instituto de Investigacao Agraria de Mocambique (IIAM) in Mozambique. He has been funded and supported by RUFORUM to carry out his agricultural research on tomatoes.

Training science leaders for Africa – Featuring Msekiwa Matsimbe

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

The video features a RUFORUM grantee called Msekiwa Matsimbe, a researcher with the Nepad Regional Fish Node at LUANAR in Malawi. Msekiwa worked closely with rural communities to develop fish farming groups and to enhance farm aquaculture.

Training science leaders for Africa – Featuring Abigael Otinga

University of Eldoret, Kenya

The video features Dr. Abigael Otinga, a soil scientist from University of Eldoret telling her academic story right from primary school. She narrates the desire and dreams she once had and how she became a RUFORUM grantee. She is now a well-trained science leader for Africa.

Tomato Curly Stunt Virus in Mozambique

Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

The importance of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) as source of food and income generation in Mozambique is threatened by proliferation of a viral disease called Tomato Curly Stunt virus (ToCSV) which causes yield losses of up to 100 % negatively impacting on crop productivity and the communities’ livelihood.

Strengthening universities Community engagement for transformed Agriculture

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

The video shows the NEPAD Regional Fish Node at LUANAR in Malawi empowering rural farmers in the country to embrace inland fish farming as a viable business. This Community Action Research Program (CARP) Fish project that enhances fish production and marketing for food security and the income of small scale producers, shows students working with farmers and is funded by RUFORUM

Small grants, significant impact: A RUFORUM graduate research grant story

Kenyatta University, Kenya

RUFORUM and universities working closely with small farmers along the entire banana value chain to improve income and strengthen farmer institutions.

RUFORUM Regional Programmes: Research Methods

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Zimbabwe

Alma Muropa, an M.Sc grantee studying in Kenya, demonstrates the impact of RUFORUM regional programmes with her research exploring options to assess the uptake of Conservation Agriculture in Domboshawa Zimbabwe.

Reviving an industry: Universities take on challenges

Moi University, Kenya

In Kenya, an innovating Vice-Chancellor revives the local cotton industry, supports innovative natural dye and design and leads his university towards sustainability.

Mitigating Climate Change: Global solutions from Namibia

University of Namibia, Namibia

The study was conducted to evaluate the nutritional characteristics of five indigenous legumes compared against Lucerne as potential livestock fodder.

Farm attachments: Students and farmers learning together

Egerton University, Kenya

Proactive and closely mentored farm attachment programmes have the potential to help farmers innovate and at the same time develop student skills and social commitment. This example particularly focuses on assisting women farmers with innovations.

Engaging Universities to Strengthen Agricultural Value Chain

University of Eldoret, Kenya

The Project has enabled Farmer Associations to develop their business plans, initiate contract farming, produce striga tolerant seed maize, increased sorghum and soya production, improved management and built the capacity of the Farming Associations to undertake value addition

Climate Change Challenges Researchers – Building Resilience and Mitigation strategies

Haramaya University, Ethiopia

The devastating effects of climate change provide university researchers with challenges as the drought leaves farmers with no groundnuts to harvest and no income. The project deadlines and student graduation are delayed as the proposed research must be adapted and focus on resilience to climate change and mitigation strategies.

Bringing together the best: cross-bred goats and dedicated researchers

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Botswana

Cross-bred goats show their potential to contribute to milk supplies in Botswana and to utilise the natural bushveld pastures.

Beans for Africa: University research linking Private Sector with farmers

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Addressing the challenge of short day length and disease, this RUFORUM grantee worked closely with farmers to develop export quality runner bean lines suitable for cultivation under tropical conditions. These efforts were then extended in projects to add value and market the beans.

A formidable Baobab research team: RUFORUM expands support in West Africa

L’Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin

As RUFORUM increases its presence in West Africa several GRGs are working with farmers and in this clip we see significant innovation and contribution to human and livestock nutrition from growing baobab. They were able to harvest leaves for human and animal nutrition within one year.