The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) has dedicated a Supplementary Issue to research, research for development processes, and related works on “Community Engagement that fosters Rural Transformation” in an effort to promote dissemination of information to various stakeholders. This is, therefore, to invite submission of papers with a focus on community engagement for rural transformation.  

About the African Journal of Rural Development

The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is an online open-access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, and December). It is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with the ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence. All articles published in AFJRD will be peer-reviewed.

The AFJRD publishes:

  1. Original Research articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings. In addition, experimental procedures and/or approaches used by the study should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work done. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.
  2. Short Communications: To merit publication in the African Journal of Rural Development, a Short Communication should record the results of complete small investigations or provide details of new models or hypotheses, innovative approaches, and methods, techniques, or apparatus.
  3. Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews manuscripts are also peer-reviewed.

The Supplementary Issue on “Community Engagement that fosters Rural Transformation” is inspired by the increased focus on multi-stakeholder actions that bring together Research and Practitioners in knowledge co-creation. These engagements have for the last couple of years been manifested in projects and undertakings including the Community Action Research Programme and Projects (CARPs) piloted by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and implemented at different member universities of the Network. The CARPs effort is complementary to several other initiatives intended to demonstrate the relevance of higher education and research institutions to the development context. These endeavors have generated useful knowledge, innovation, and invention. Thus, the proposed Supplementary Issue of the African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is intended to promote information sharing and catalyze needed actions in the application of knowledge and Innovations through the dissemination of information to various stakeholders.

Important dates:

Call for Papers: January 2023

Deadline for submission: 15 March 2023

Peer-Review process:   15 March - 30 April 2023

 Response to review reports & iterations with Editors: 30 March – 15 May 2023

Final Editorial Decision: 30 May 2023     

Publication of Accepted Articles: 15 June 2023.               


Contacts and process of Submission of Manuscripts

The guide to authors and other details are available on Please send an email to to register and access the online platform. All manuscripts will be received and processed via the Open Journal System Platform and authors will have the opportunity to view the status of their manuscripts via this system. In case of any queries, contact us via; or  We strive to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript (s) within a period of three months from the date of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.