About The Conference

The Future Africa’s Early Career Research Leader Fellowship (ECRLF) program set out to offer an opportunity for the development of research leaders that will be able to fill in a critical gap in the African research capacity ecosystem. This workshop is organized to mark the end of the ECRLF program. The Fellows who were involved achieved various outputs and achievements.

Some important activities that were supposed to take place face-to-face did not happen because of travel restrictions occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop / conference seeks to bring an alternative engagement process to increase the impact of the project that was undertaken by Fellows who received research funding. Future Africa in collaboration with Laikipia University, has organized a workshop as a platform for the Fellows to disseminate their research findings, identify future opportunities for new participants and consolidate leadership training for learners who may want to undertake postgraduate studies in related areas. The workshop will be conducted at Laikipia University.
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor

On behalf of Laikipia University Fraternity, I welcome you to the PMRASAD (Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development) International workshop. The concepts of this workshop are in line with Laikipia University’s mission ‘To serve students and society through research, education, scholarship, training, innovation, outreach and consultancy.

The expected participants have diverse knowledge on food systems to share on the approaches for sustainable agricultural development. The workshop will enhance also the development of linkages and collaborations among young scholars globally.

Once again, I register my sincere appreciation to Future Africa and The University of Pretoria for their support to host this workshop at Laikipia University. We hope that this is the beginning of similar partnerships and collaborations.


Communication From the E.C.R.L Fellow

On behalf of the organizing team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this conference / workshop for Early Career Researchers. This workshop / conference organized by University of Laikipia in partnership with Future Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa whose theme is “Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development”.

The conference / workshop  will provide a platform for young scholars to interact with other established scholars in the field of agriculture and food systems from across Africa. In addition, the participants will be exposed to presentations from key speakers, senior researchers as well as presentation from a post-doctoral fellow.

The participants are drawn from diverse fields including research institution, academia, private sector, as well as government institutions. This will enrich the achievement of the theme  of the conference resulting in a holistic approach to decision making in agriculture.

We sincerely thank Future Africa, University of Pretoria, through the sponsorship of CARNEGIE, for promoting Early Career Researchers Fellowship. Join one, join all!!

Director of Future Africa

Professor Cheikh Mbow is the Director of Future Africa at the University of Pretoria. He served at START-International in Washington DC and Lead Scientist at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry. He worked on the development of transdisciplinary approaches to address Africa’s development challenges by establishing frameworks for thriving sustainability science to support need transformation in the continent.

Key Note Speakers

Dr. Anne Roulin
President – Agripreneurship Alliance
Dr. John Olwande
Research Fellow - Tegemeo Institute
Prof. Peter Dannenberg
Principal Investigator - CRC 228 Future Rural Africa
Dr. Oliver Kirui
Senior Research Fellow Centre for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany.

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