The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is focused on issues that affect sustainable rural development. The articles contained in this issue of the AFJRD, Volume 2 Issue 1 demonstrate the contributions that scientists affiliated with African Agricultural Higher Education Institutions (AHEI) can make to increasing agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security and improved livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. These institutions are essential to sustainable agricultural development because they are responsible for training the next generations of scientists and policy makers, communicating  science to the general population, and through their research, addressing critical challenges to food security facing the continent.

Published: 2017-03-31

The benefits and challenges of using ICTs to strengthen university-farming community engagement in Uganda

Henry Opolot Nakelet, Prossy Isubikalu, Bernard Obaa Bonton , Peter Ebanyat, Dorothy Okello, Drake Patrick Mirembe

41-53

Diversity and prioritization of non timber forest products for economic valuation in Benin (West Africa)

Achille .E. Assogbadjo, Rorigo Idohou, ‪Flora Josiane Chadare, C.A.M.S. Djagoun, Gaston Akouehou, Jeremie Mbairamadji

105-115

Reaction of upland rice genotypes to the brown spot disease pathogen Bipolaris oryzae

Marco Martin Mwendo, Mildred Ochwo-Ssemakula, Jimmy Lamo , Paul Gibson, Richard Edema

127-133