The Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institute (ReNAPRI) was launched in Zambia on November 7, 2014 at the 1st annual regional agricultural outlook symposium in Lusaka.
The institute is expected to help further develop the Zambian agriculture sector in partnership with other research institutes in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region.
According to Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Sindiso Ngwenya, who spoke at the recent launch of ReNAPRI in Zambia, increased investment in agricultural research and extension services will help to stimulate economic growth.
Chairperson for the ReNAPRI, Chance Kabaghe, expressed gratitude to sponsors of the research institute for making it possible to work on improving research and collaboration for the agricultural sector in both Zambia and in the entire region
“ReNAPRI will help the country develop the agriculture sector through increased research with other research institutes in the region,” he said.
The research institute was initially established in 2012 with a mission to improve national agricultural policy research institutes and, through collaboration, find solutions to challenges regularly faced within the ESA region.