UNU-INRA undertakes research, education and information-sharing activities that
* advance food security by challenging African scientists to collaborate with UNU-INRA to: (a) develop new knowledge and validate/disseminate the indigenous knowledge of African farmers, herders and forest dwellers, (b) add value to Africa's primary products through applied science and technology and (c) focus on education and training of young scientists in cutting-edge science.
* Link natural resource knowledge to policy formulation, problem-solving, and long-term planning processes.
* Emphasize the critical role played by African women in the conservation and management of natural resources.
Currently, UNU-INRA's activities focus on four main thematic areas:(1) Climate, water, land, (2) Biodiversity, medicinal plants, (3) Innovations, socio-economics, policy, and (4) Capacity building ... [according to site editor's information]
PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key role of restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems in the subcontinent and beyond. The focus is on the analysis of marginalised livelihoods in Southern Africa, especially of subsistence and smallholder farmers and farm workers, of coastal and inland artisanal fisheries and fishing communities; and of informal self employment in rural and urban areas. ... [According to site editor's information]