Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is a non-political organization of the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of ten countries: Burundi, D. R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. It aims at increasing the efficiency of agricultural research in the region so as to facilitate economic growth, food security and export competitiveness through productive and sustainable agriculture.

ASARECA MISSION: Enhance regional collective action in agricultural research for development, extension, training and education to promote economic growth, fight poverty, eradicate hunger and enhance sustainable use of resources in Eastern and Central Africa
Through ASARECA, agricultural scientists in the 10 countries work together and in partnership with farmers, extension, private sector, scientists of regional and international institutions and development partners to come up with innovations that could lead to agricultural-led economic growth, poverty eradication and improved livelihoods.


The Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems (RAILS) is a project initiated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Sub-regional  Organizations (SROS), ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD and SADC and the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS).


RAILS objectives are to:

  • Advocacy for increased investment in agricultural information systems by African governments
  • Improve the access and contribution by African ARD Stakeholders in the global knowledge sharing
  • Facilitate synergies by linking  African information conduits to global providers of agricultural information
  • Build an African platform for agriculture information and learning system through consolidation of national to subregional to continental and global information systems –  

To achieve these objectives, FARA/RAILS works with the information and communication team of each of sub-regional research organizations (ASARECA) who in turn partners with member national agricultural research systems (NARS).