Research Activities

Research on Resource Management and Development

The research project on “Resource Management and Development in Rural Rwanda” is an ongoing project carried out as part of a three-year (April 2018 – March 2021) joint research conducted by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and its partners in Africa including PIASS. In November 2020, the final drafts of three research papers indicated below were submitted to the African Studies Center (ASC) /TUFS as outputs of the research project. The papers will be first published in ASC-TUFS Working Papers 2020 in January 2021, and then their revised versions will be published as chapters in an edited book on resource management and development in Africa. 

The titles and authors of the research papers are:

  • “Constraints to the Adoption and Scaling-up of Conservation Agriculture (CA) for Smallholder Farming in Rwanda: Farmers’ Perspectives” by Kazuyuki Sasaki, coordinator of CRASPD & Serge Muvunyi, assistant coordinator of CRASPD.
  • “Gender Aspects of Agrarian Reform in Post Genocide Rwanda: Understanding the Benefits of Land Use Consolidation Program for Women Smallholder Farmers” by Fortunée Bayisenge, lecturer of Faculty of Development Studies (FDS), PIASS.
  • “People’s Perceptions on conservation opportunities and challenges for Nyungwe and Mukura National Parks, Rwanda” by Gloriose Umuziranenge, lecturer of FDS/PIASS, Muhirwa Fabien, assistant lecturer of FDS/PIASS, Nshimiyimana Jean Bosco, assistant lecturer of FDS/PIASS, and Majyambere Methode, lecturer of University of Rwanda.

Research Project Resource Management and Development: PIASS-TUFS Joint Seminar in Huye

On February 18 – 19, the Joint Seminar on Resource Management and Development was organized by PIASS /CRASPD and African Studies Center (ASC) of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) at the PIASS Huye campus.

The seminar involved 26 researchers from Japan, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who presented papers, and 15 other participants from PIASS, University of Rwanda and various government institutions.The seminar involved 26 researchers from Japan, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who presented papers, and 15 other participants from PIASS, University of Rwanda and various government institutions.

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The titles of papers presented by members of PIASS/ CRASPD during the Joint Seminar are as follows:

  • “Nature Conservation Policies and Practices in Africa: Critical Analysis, Ideological Challenges and Strategic Vision for Protected Areas Sustainable Management” by Gloriose Umuziranenge & Elysée Ntiranyibagira
  • “Gender Aspects of Agrarian Reform in Post Genocide Rwanda: Understanding the Benefits of Land Use Consolidation Program for Women Smallholder Farmers” by Fortunée Bayisenge
  • “Constraints to the Adoption and Scaling-up of Conservation Agriculture (CA) for Smallholder Farming in Rwanda: Farmers’ Perspectives” by Kazuyuki Sasaki & Serge Muvunyi
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At the conclusion of the seminar, participants of the seminar discussed the outline of the next seminar that is planned at the University of Ghana in September, 2020 and future prospects of a joint research project.

A brief report of the Joint Seminar can also be seen at http://www.tufs.ac.jp/asc/english/activities//2002PIASS-TUFSSeminarReport.html