Building Local Capacities for Innovative Research through RUFORUM: Experiences from South Sudan

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South Sudan is endowed with abundant natural resources that can sustain diverse agricultural activities. Decades of civil strife greatly hindered agricultural development until peace returned with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. Although there are combined efforts by Government and development partners to rejuvenate agricultural productivity, production is low and options for increased productivity are grossly under-utilised. In order to meet these challenges rationally and to pro-actively seize available opportunities, increasing and committing more resources to Agricultural Research for Development (R4D) could bring the much anticipated agricultural transformation in South Sudan. Hence, building local expertise for innovation research is vital the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has played a leading role. Through RUFORUM, the author secured a Masters Degree scholarship in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems (2008/2011). This training enhanced his research skills and significantly improved his performance as a research scientist at his institution. He is now leading a number of agricultural programmes in South Sudan.
Le Sud-Soudan est doté de ressources naturelles abondantes qui peuvent soutenir diverses activités agricoles. Des décennies de guerre civile qui a pris fin avec la signature de l’Accord de Paix Global (CPA) en 2005, ont grandement entravé le développement agricole. Malgré les efforts conjugués des partenaires du gouvernement et ceux du développement pour restaurer la productivité agricole, la production demeure faible et les options pour une productivité accrue sont largement sousutilisées. Afin de répondre à ces défis de manière rationnelle et de saisir d’une manière proactive les opportunités disponibles, augmenter et engager davantage les ressources à la recherche agricole pour le développement (R4D) pourraient apporter latransformation agricole la plus anticipée au Sud-Soudan. Par conséquent, le renforcement des compétences locales pour la recherche de l’innovation est vital et le Forum Régional des Universités Africaines (RUFORUM) a joué un rôle de premier plan. Grâce à RUFORUM, j’ai obtenu une bourse de maîtrise dans le domaine de la sélection végétale et des systèmes semenciers (2008/2011). Cette formation au-dessus de tout a perfectionné mes compétences en recherche et nettement amélioré ma performance en tant que chercheur dans mon établissement.
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Extended abstracts submitted under Strengthening Science & Technology
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2012
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North Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Strengthening Science & Technology