Since 2007, the RP-PCP has supported more than 95 postgraduate students:
- 78% of SADC students
- 32% PhD, 28% MSc and 40% MPhil
The Research Platform « Production and Conservation in Partnership » (RP-PCP) was formally established in 2007 and renewed in 2010 after an external evaluation conducted by an external experts' panel. The RP-PCP has to contribute to sustainable development, nature conservation and improved rural livelihoods in Southern Africa, through strengthening national research capacities, multidisciplinary approaches and institutional partnerships. The focus is on protected and neighboring production areas, with the ambition to improve the coexistence of agricultural productions and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of rural communities.
It associates the French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues (CIRAD), the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) notably through its Zone Atelier Hwange . The French Embassy in Harare is also formally associated to the platform.
RP-PCP Leaflet (PDF file, 1.3 Mb)