Synergizing research, development and training in the agricultural sector for food security for the rural masses of Africa: The case of Agricultural Research and Development Programme (ARDEP) in Malawi

This paper highlights major findings/results of how synergizing agricultural science and technology (research), development and training using the Agricultural Research and Development Programme (ARDEP) in Malawi as a case study can benefit the rural masses in Africa. Within the 3-5 years of implementation, ARDEP has registered 16 technologies whose uptake has increased by more than 75%, contributing to increased income by over 20%, livestock units by more than 400% and land under irrigation by more than 200%, reaching 32-56% women farmers, 15% of which are affected by HIV/AIDS. Over 66 organizations collaborate in the micro-projects which also support 18 MSc and 4 PhD students.
Programme » (ARDEP) au Malawi, come un une étude de cas, peut bénéficier les masses rurales en Afrique. Dans les 3- 5 années de mise en oeuvre, ARDEP a enregistré 16 technologies dont la diffusion a augmenté de plus de 75%, contribuant à l’augmentation des revenus de plus de 20%, unités de gros bétail de plus de 400% et les terres sous irrigation de plus de 200%, atteindre 32-56% des femmes agriculteurs, dont 15% sont touchés par le VIH / SIDA. Plus de 66 organisations collaborent dans les micro-projets qui a également supporté 18 maîtrise et 4 étudiants de Troisième Cycle (doctorat).
The case of Agricultural Research and Development Programme (ARDEP) in Malawi
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Southern Africa
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second 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 stakeholders 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. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Strengthening Higher Education"