Training course for young scientists on research proposal writing held in Zimbabwe

2-Training-young-scientistYoung scientist across Africa benefited from a one week training course on designing and writing research proposals. The training was held at the Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe on 27-31, October, 2014 under the umbrella of Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species (NUS) Project. ANAFE was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Sebastian Chakeredza. The training, facilitated by Per Rudebjer of Bioversity International and Richard Hall of IFS, focused on three main areas:

  • Develop capacity in research proposal writing;
  • Develop proposals on upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized crop species;
  • Link up with IFS for possible support on funding the proposal.

Participants had already produced their draft proposals which were individually reviewed in plenary. The participants worked conscientiously to achieve the following outputs:
Upgrade their proposals using the techniques covered in the training programme.

  • Finalize the proposals for possible submission to IFS and other donors;
  • Create a network of young scientists working on similar areas;
  • Build confidence in proposal writing.

ANAFE has begun implementing activities under the Bioversity Conservation Programme. The programme, which is implemented in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), is an Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) initiative supported by the European Union. It aims to improve the socioeconomic well-being of the people within the IGAD region through a better regional integration, with effective biodiversity management as the focus. ANAFE is tasked with implementing two key activities: Build capacity on Biodiversity conservation and enhance cooperation between research and training institutions.

Under capacity building, ANAFE is expected to review existing capacities in order to identify additional capacity needs in biodiversity conservation at national and local levels; develop a strategy for capacity building and prepare a training plan for the same; and, support a training session for local communities and district administrators.

In enhancing cooperation with research institutions, ANAFE is expected to:

  • Lead consultations and needs assessment with focal points and research training institutions on desired trans-boundary collaboration;
  • Facilitate attachment of students, lecturers and researchers to universities and research institutions;
  • Coordinate exchange programmes between Kenya and Somalia on Natural Resource Management (NRM) (link up with NMK on taxonomic studies or other relevant institutions on NRM;
  • Participate in workshops (cross border capacity building, consultation on cross-border collaboration);
  • Facilitate integration of the training institutions involved in the ANAFE East and Central Africa Regional Agricultural Forum for Training (ECA-RAFT).