Country highlights

Sierra Leone: Cashing in on Cassava

‘Yes, the new cassava is good. It’s healthy, there’s no mosaic disease and it grows fast. But we can’t eat it. Here in Moyamba we boil cassava and this stuff has to be roasted!’ So says Doris Kpadeyenge, leader of Mawufia IPTA in Kori chiefdom of Moyamba District. Doris enthusiastically describes the efforts made to form the IPTA and the positive experiences the members have shared. She explains that having overcome



Republic of Congo

Mr. Noé Emmanuel Mbemba, RAILS national focal person for the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has been appointed Acting Director of the National Center for Documentation, Scientific and Technical Information (CNDIST), effective 7th December 2013. He replaces Mr. Didier NGalebaye who has resigned.

See some interesting websites from countries, created on their eRAILS national portals.


Atelier d'harmonisation de la stratégie de mise en place des plateformes d'innovation New!
- Lancement du projet Gestion intégrée de la fertilité des sols au Bénin, au Togo et au Burkina Faso

- CIDA funded project on rice post harvest in Cameroon  New!
- World Agroforestry Centre, West & Central Africa: Transforming Lives and Landscapes

- Journées portes ouvertes CRA-Sud/CNS-Maïs  New!
- Atelier d’évaluation de la performance de la recherche au niveau de l’INRAB : Contraintes, défis et perspectives. Niaouli (benin), du 06 au 08 Août 2013

DR Congo:
- Les activités de l'Equipe Nationale d'Apprentissage
- Le maïs riche en proteïne de qualité (QPM) en RD Congo

- Videos on Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease in Kenya
- Ugunja Community Resource Centre

- The Regional Rice Center of Excellence (RRCoE) of the EAAPP
- The Agricultural Research Institute-Uyole (ARI-Uyole)
- The MVIWATA Farmer Organization Website


Farmer success stories from Kenya

The Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) is a  Kenyan non-governmental organisation in Ugunja District, Siaya County in Western Kenya region.   The UCRC aims to equip community members with the skills and resources necessary to combat poverty, hunger, poor health, gender inequality and lack of educational opportunities.

Watch interesting videos of farmer success stories.


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Giving farmers a voice

The project "eRAILS phase II" launched an information exchange service in 13 pilot countries in SSA. The objective is to build a knowledge base in collaboration with 30 farmers' organisations and a large number of experts from the selected countries. During detailed household interviews, a thousand farmers indicate production constraints and are providing valuable data. Recent examples of requests and answers are featured below. The project is contributing to the Promotion of Science and Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa (PSTAD) with financial support of the African Development Bank.

Click here to learn more about the eRAILS phase II project


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Apple fruit trees declining in terms of production due to poor health

Maize crop affected by a masses of sooty substance.

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The project uses the RUN system for the documentation of requests and answers.

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Stories from the field

Cameroon: RAILS Creating Visibility for Field Work

The RAILS project began in 2008 in Cameroun. The Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) enjoyed continuous support from FARA. In fact, the institute received PCs, inverters, laptop computers, cameras, USB modems, a fibre-optic Internet connection, printers and servers to establish a local network and connections at the regional and sub-regional levels. With the RAILS platform, the project management team trained some 30 people from NGOs, research bodies and producer organisations... (more)


FARA-AfDB-ASARECA team visited PSTAD Project Activities in Kenya and Tanzania

A joint mission comprising of officers  from FARA, AfDB and ASARECA carried out an implementation assessment visit to activities of the project on promotion of science and technologies for agricultural development in Africa (PSTAD) in various locations in Kenya and Tanzania. The project is been executed by FARA in collaboration with SRO and the NARS with funding support from the African Development Bank (AfDB)... (more)


 Results of the Second Africa Agricultural Film Festival Competition

Find out more about the top 3 films out of the 19  entries that were submitted for this second African Agricultural Film Festival Competition.



Pictures of the Side event organized by the FARA Access to Knowledge and Technologies Unit (NSF2) during the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week... (more)




Boniface Akuku, Assistant Director Information Management Communication Technology, RAILS Focal point Kenya 

Boniface works for Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) as an Assistant Director Information Management and Communication Technology. He also coordinates the Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet).  He is instrumental in moving forward RAILS and especially in Kenya by engaging stakeholders in agriculture understand the importance of managing and sharing knowledge plus encouraging/implementing the uptake of emerging ICT technologies. He is administrator of the Kenya eRAILS portal.


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