African Journal of Rural Development
More than ever before there is a great challenge for developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa to improve the quality of life. The large proportion of this population consists of smallholder farmers whose livelihood is hinged on agriculture. As such, scientists are faced with the task of improving agricultural productivity, farmer incomes and the overall livelihoods of smallholder farmers. To respond to this challenge, universities and other institutions are intensifying efforts of working with rural communities to improve agricultural productivity and livelihoods. Universities are increasingly institutionalizing outreach programmes to strengthen entrepreneurship along value chains; to infuse experiential learning for graduate students, academic staff and other actors they interact with including communities.
Other agencies notably NGOs and National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) have well-established programmes for reaching not only to farmers but also to emerging agribusinesses. As part of its mandate to share lessons, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) hosts the African Journal of Rural Development (AJRD). The AJRD is an on-line open-access journal published thrice a year by RUFORUM with an Editorial Secretariat at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. The AJRD publishes original research papers comprising emerging issues in rural development; authoritative reviews; synthesis articles and editorials; chapters and book reviews as well as short communications that may not warrant publication as full papers. All submissions must have a focus on sustainable rural development of rural communities and such thus, authors and contributors will be required to contextualize their work to fit this focus and scope.
The primary purpose of the AJRD is to share knowledge, on all aspects that contribute to sustainable rural development, as widely as possible and further seeks to exchange with various scientific journals, at both national, regional and continental levels, and it will be indexed in significant scientific databases such as AGRIS-FAO, CABI, CABI Direct and e-jorunals.org. All articles and opinions therein published in the AJRD reflect views of the authors and not necessarily those of the African Journal of Rural Development. Submission of a paper implies that it has not been submitted or published elsewhere, and that the author(s) accept the conditions for publication outlined in the AJRD author guidelines. Once accepted for publication, author(s) transfers copyright of their articles to the AJRD unless expressly exempted in writing by the copyright holders. The AJRD is copyrighted and those wishing to use illustrations or data from the journal in other publications should obtain permission from the Publisher, and include a line of acknowledgement of the AJRD as the source of material.