University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria, located in Pretoria, South Africa, was established in 1908 with just four professors and 32 students. Today, it is one of the largest research universities in South Africa. The University’s vision is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance, and impact, as well as for developing people, creating knowledge, and making a difference locally and globally.
The institution’s research focus is centred around the following Institutional Research Themes:
- Food Nutrition and Well-being
- Genomics Research
- Zoonotic Diseases
- Human Rights & Diversity
- Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods
University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by its values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism. The University’s sustainable food systems research aims to tackle the pressing, connected issues of climate change and malnutrition across the lifespan. Expertise in animal science complements human nutrition expertise and aligns with international targets for net-zero agriculture.
The research is embedded within the Global Food and Environment Institute, where innovative research and education is delivered at the University of Leeds smart farm, which hosts the National Pig Centre (NPC). The GFEI works with academic, industry and policy partners worldwide to co-develop research programmes that address agricultural, climate change and health global challenges.
The Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is an all-inclusive, multi-stakeholder, pan-African network that provides independent evidence to inform and influence policy processes at national and regional levels. FANRPAN aims to:
- Carry out mutually agreed on collaborative research activities.
- Publish and disseminate research results.
- Provide technical support to national and regional programmes.
- Provide opportunities for training and professional development.
- Organise workshops, scientific conferences, and seminars.
- Provide access to a database of information on policymaking, advocacy, and dialogue.
- Facilitate linkages and partnerships amongst institutions with related policy, research, and professional development activities.
University of Ghana
Based in Accra, Ghana, the University of Ghana provides and promotes university education, learning, and research. Its vision is to become a world-class research-intensive institution over the next decade. To reach this vision, the University has identified four priority research focus areas, namely:
- Malaria Research
- Transdisciplinary Research into Climate Change Adaptation
- Enhancing Food Production and Processing
- Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is a world-class academic centre of excellence based in Kumasi, Ghana. The University’s vision is to further build on its leadership as the premier science and technology university in Ghana and be amongst the top ten universities in Africa. KNUST has a wide-ranging research focus, spanning across health, agriculture, engineering, physical sciences, humanities, and business.
University of Nairobi
The University of Nairobi (UoN) is situated in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a pioneering tertiary education institution in Kenya and the region. Its vision is to be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence.
The UoN is a research-intensive university with a reputation for excellence and a vibrant research culture. Its research work is recognised for its impact and relevance to the region. The University is dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships with industry and other significant institutions and organisations to maximise research outcomes.
Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) is a public institution established in May 1997 through a Legal Notice and commenced operations in June 1999. The KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006 came into effect on 1st February 2007. The Institute is thus a state corporation established by an act of parliament with a primary mandate of providing quality policy advice to the Government of Kenya and other key stakeholders by conducting policy research and analysis and through capacity building in order to contribute to the achievement of national long term development objectives. The Institute has its headquarters in Nairobi.
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Situated outside Lilongwe in Malawi, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) was the third public University to be established in Malawi. LUANAR’s vision is to be a world-class university.
As its name suggests, the University’s research focuses on agriculture and natural sciences, with PhDs offered in agricultural and resource economics, agriculture and applied economics, animal science, aquaculture and fisheries science, biotechnology, and rural development.
Malawi University of Science and Technology
The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) is situated in Thyolo in southern Malawi and was established in 2012 to promote the development, adaptation, transfer, and application of science, technology, and innovation. Its vision is to become a world-class centre of science and technology education, research, and entrepreneurship.
MUST has a special focus on industrial research, hosting the Must Institute of Industrial Research and Innovation (MIIRI). MIIRI champions transformative agro-industrial research, business, and skills development in food and nutrition engineering. The Institute is driving a partnership model to advance innovation challenges in the agriculture sector for agricultural productivity and commercialisation.
Civil Society Agriculture Network
The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) is a grouping of civil society organisations located in Lilongwe, Malawi. CISANET was established in 2001 to facilitate the engagement of the civil society organisations working in the agriculture sector with the Malawian government over policy issues affecting the sector.
CISANET’s membership comprises local and international NGOs, farmer organisations, and interested individuals. CISANET operates at the national and local levels and contributes to regional policy advocacy as the Malawi node host for FANRPAN and the CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition.
University of the Western Cape
Located in Cape Town, South Africa, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) was founded in 1960 and occupies a unique space in the South African higher education landscape with a legacy of social justice, community engagement, and graduate employability. Its vision is to be widely recognised as a vibrant intellectual space where people engage with matters of real significance at the highest competence levels.
UWC supports interdisciplinary research with critical mass focus areas linked to global citizenship, including data-intensive research, early childhood development, diversity in psychological practice, neuroscience, migration and mobility, leadership and governance, and social development and innovation.
National Agricultural Marketing Council
The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) is a statutory body (established in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products No. 47 of 1996 as amended) reporting to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development located in Pretoria, South Africa. With its vision to strategically position agriculture in a dynamic global market, the work of the NAMC is aligned to four strategic objectives of the Act, namely:
- to increase market access for all market participants;
- to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products;
- to optimise export earnings from agricultural products; and
- to enhance the viability of the agricultural sector.
The NAMC is an advisory body of the Minister and all Directly Affected Groups on issues of marketing agricultural products. NAMC also plays an active role in the regulatory functions in respect of statutory measures and agricultural industry trusts.
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is a public university located on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania. SUA was established in 1984 with a special focus on the agricultural sciences, as portrayed in its vision statement: “To be a leading University in the provision of quality knowledge and skills in agriculture and allied sciences.”
SUA prioritises research that responds to the contemporary and emerging needs of agriculture, natural resources, and allied sectors. Through its research, the University aims to find sustainable solutions to problems related to food security and agriculture, forestry, natural resource management, animal and public health, agribusiness, market and entrepreneurship, and education and information technology.
University of Dar es Salaam
Situated in the city of Dar es Salaam, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is the oldest and biggest public university in Tanzania. The University’s vision is to become a leading centre of intellectual wealth, spearheading the quest for sustainable and inclusive development.
UDSM has a wide-ranging research focus, with research centres for climate change, entrepreneurship, technology development, gender, computing, law, population studies, communication, and education.
Economic and Social Research Foundation
Tanzania’s Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) is situated in Dar es Salaam and was established as an independent, not-for-profit institution for research and policy analysis.
The ESRF’s primary objectives are to strengthen policy analysis and development management capabilities and to enhance the understanding of policy options in the government, public sector, civil society, donor community, and the growing private sector in Tanzania.
University of Zambia
The University of Zambia (UNZA) is situated in Lusaka, Zambia. UNZA was established in 1965, and its motto of service and excellence has guided its development ever since. UNZA’s vision is to become an eminent university driven by the pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and social responsiveness.
UNZA has one research institute, the Institute of Economic and Social Research, that focuses on six thematic areas, namely:
- Agriculture and rural development
- Economics and business
- Health promotions
- Urban research programmes.
Agricultural Consultative Forum
The Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) is a Zambian NGO located in Lusaka, Zambia. The ACF comprises agricultural stakeholders from five categories: the public sector, the private sector, research institutions, cooperating partners, and NGOs.
The need by agricultural stakeholders for a voice in the policy-making processes during Zambia’s transition from a controlled and state-run economy to a decentralized and private-led economy necessitated the creation of ACF, originally established in 1998 as an Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (ASIP) Consultative Forum Project.
ACF is driven by the non-negotiable need for all stakeholders to be involved in all stages of the agriculture programme cycle in order to enhance ownership of demand-driven and sustainable development processes. ACF’s emphasis is that development is not only brought about by the government but also needs the active participation of all key stakeholders.
The ACF, therefore, provides a stakeholder platform fostering agricultural policy dialogue and public-private partnerships in Zambia’s agricultural sector.