RUFORUM Regional Programmes: Research Methods

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.

Farm attachments: Students and farmers learning together

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.

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

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

Beans for Africa: University research linking Private Sector with farmers

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.

Training science leaders for Africa – Featuring Bento Filipe

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.