The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 126 universities in 38 African countries, uses grants to fund research and training in agriculture and non-research programs that advance the organization’s mission across the continent to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to the demands of small-holder farmers. RUFORUM achieves this through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact-oriented research, and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions, and governments. Since its inception, RUFORUM has run a suite of grants through a competitive and direct commissioning process to provide research funding to its member universities. The granting system has grown overtime to accommodate the network’s growth both in number of members as well as thematic focus. Over the years, RUFORUM has supported 489 grant awards in various thematic areas including crop improvement, livestock management, agribusiness, climate change, and Gender in agriculture, amongst several others. These awards have generated over 300 technologies across the continent.
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