Building the Africa We Want

AN INTERACTIVE PLATFORM FOR EXPLORING STORIES OF IMPACT

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Topic: Crop Production

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.

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 Charles Liri

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 Robert Kawuki

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 the next generation of scientist for Africa’s Transformation

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.

Engaging Universities to Strengthen Agricultural Value Chain

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