Every year funds are usually allocated to African researchers by APNRF for African-led projects on food security. However, the funds excludes students, from institutions with affiliation to the African National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES).
“The proposed work must be primarily performed in Africa and all the work must be relevant to African agriculture. Funding can be requested for targeted topical research, new trials, or to leverage expansion or additional data collection for existing trials,” APNRF stated.
The statement added: “Other topics related to socio-economics or data science also qualify for funding as long as they directly support at least one of the three research themes.”
Researchers with other funding sources or partners such as African or/and international organizations are encouraged to apply, APNRF noted, adding that it accepts proposals written in French and English.
In January 2022, APNRF announced that four out of 117 submitted projects will benefit from its fund’s support.
The finalists originated from Uganda, Kenya, Morocco, and Ghana. They have worked mostly on improving the resilience and nutrient management of rice in Uganda, olives in Morocco, and cocoa in Ghana.
APNRF was launched in 2022 in partnership with the African Plant Nutrition Research Fund (APNRF) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) “to support nutrient and soil fertility management research.”
Established in 2019 in Benguerir, APNI operates as a non-profit research and education organization that seeks, according to their website, to “enhance plant nutrition for a resilient and food-secure Africa.”