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APNI : Recipients Selected for African Plant Nutrition Research Fund (APNRF)

Recipients Selected for African Plant Nutrition Research Fund.

 The African Plant Nutrition Research Fund (APNRF) has announced the finalists of its inaugural call for proposals to support agricultural research for development. The four projects, and principal investigators, were selected during a highly competitive assessment process including 117 applications representing 25 countries across Africa.

The aim of the APNRF is to enable scaling of improved nutrient and soil fertility management by synergistically extending research conducted in strategic priority areas of the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI): 1) Climate and Weather-Smart Plant Nutrition; 2) Soil Health for Improved Livelihoods; and 3) Precision Nutrient Management. The fund was created through a partnership between APNI and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P).

This year’s recipients include:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Patrick Musinguzi – Department of Agricultural Department, School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Project Title: Enhancing Rice Productivity through Adaptation of Climate-Smart Agricultural Options and Market Responsive Business Strategies in Uganda.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Onesmus Kitonyo – Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection,

University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Project Title: Fine-Tuning Climate-Smart Nitrogen Management Practices in Maize-Based Crop Systems of Eastern Kenya

Principal Investigator: Dr. Abdelaziz Bouizgaren – Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA Maroc), Marrakesh, Morocco

Project Title: Improving Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency to Increase Moroccan Olive Climate Resilience

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Edward Yeboah – CSIR-Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. George Ashiagbor – Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (FRNR-KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

Project Title: A remote sensing supported framework that incentivizes site-specific agronomic management of smallholder cocoa farms in Ghana

Brief summaries for each of these projects can be found at the APNI website

About the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)

APNI ( is a not-for-profit research and development organization headquartered in Benguérir, Morocco. Its mission is enhanced plant nutrition for a resilient and food-secure Africa.

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