Selected current projects
- Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems.
The project aims at making agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable in meeting the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers, taking into account the different dimensions of capacity development (individuals, organizations, enabling environment) as well as functional and technical capacities. The project is funded by the European Commission is jointly implemented by Agrinatura, a consortium of 27 European Universities and Research Institutes and FAO. CDAIS is being piloted in 8 countries, including Bangladesh and Rwanda for which NRI is coordinating inputs from Agrinatura.
- Enhancing Capacity for Agricultural Research and Training in Gulu University .
The project is working to increase individual and organisational capacity for teaching, research and outreach for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University, and its increasing engagement with non-university partners in Gulu District to provide training and research services. NRI’s role is to assist the Faculty to develop relevant training programmes in postharvest management, value addition and food processing. The project is led by the International Centre for Research-Oriented Agriculture in the Netherlands and funded by the NICHE programme of the Netherlands government.
- Climate Impact Research Capacity Leadership Enhancement
The programme is developing the skills and research output of early career African researchers in the field of climate change and its impacts, through a unique programme of exchanges between African institutions. It is also working with institutions to develop a coordinated and strategic approach to supporting early career researchers. NRI identifies and provides, from its own staff and from partners in UK and around the world, international specialists to work with CIRCLE Fellows, their mentors and supervisors. The programme is funded by the UK's Department for International Development and managed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the African Academy of Sciences.
- Bihar Agriculture Growth and Reform Initiative
The programme is seeks to significantly enhance the performance of the agriculture sector in Bihar by improving access to markets for selected agriculture and horticulture products, access to finance, knowledge and technology, and institutional capacity for market regulation. In the inception phase NRI coordinated a capacity needs assessment for research organizations and is supporting institutional development and facilitating international partnerships in the implementation phase. This is a technical assistance programme funded by the UK's Department for International Development.
- Catalyzing the Adoption and Use of Scalable Technologies in Africa.
The project is working to stimulate agricultural innovation processes in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Togo by creating a more effective and efficient knowledge exchange among the value chain actors. NRI has designed e-learning courses on the Moodle platform for technical training of scientists, technicians, field staff, extension agents and young professionals. The project is led by the Africa Rice Center and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany.
- Platform for African-European Partnerships for Agricultural Research for Development.
The PAEPARD project supports collaboration between African and European ARD actors through demand-led processes that lead to agricultural innovation. NRI is contributing to communication and advocacy activities and has a mentoring role with consortia based in Malawi and Uganda. PAEPARD is led by the Forum for Agricultural Research for Africa in association with Agrinatura and is funded by the European Commission.
Selected recent projects