Dr BUCAGU Charles (Ass. Professor) is the Dean of the School of Agriculture and Rural development in the college of Agriculture, University of Rwanda. He received his first degree in Agricultural Sciences from the National University of Rwanda (1999). He was then recruited as academic staff the same year. He pursued his master training at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with specialisation in Agronomy. He has been involved in several activities including teaching, research, administration and community outreach. From 2004 to 2006, he was coordinating a USAID funded project on development of of high value Crops while offering teaching course at National University of Rwanda. In 2013, he earned a PhD in Agroforestry, from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has published a number of papers both in local and international journals. Upon completing his training, he returned home and was appointed to lead the School of Agriculture at University of Rwanda. In that capacity, he contributed in expanding areas of post-graduate training including the establishment of Masters in Crop Sciences. Dr BUCAGU Charles is involved in consultancy work with various stakeholders in Agricultural sector. He is part of the team that developed the National Coffee Policy and Regulations framework for Rwanda. He led a team that completed a comprehensive study on post-harvest losses in various commodities in Rwanda (Maize, Potato, Milk and Tomato) on behalf of FAO. Dr Bucagu has extensively worked on integrated agricultural production systems in Rwanda.
Agricultural System within tropical context operates in a more complex manner. One would consider a farm as a system with components/sub-systems comparable to major CROPS/LIVESTOCK. These components are related to each other such that CROP benefit from nutrients from cow dung/livestock excreta and livestock feeding on biomass from the forage and crop residues. The functioning of the system receives various inputs (solar radiation, water, veterinary care) for it to operate sustainably. The system output would be CROP and ANIMAL products. Current studies on agricultural systems aim at optimising use of resources on farm to produce more food but also to take full advantages of the integration on farm. The challenges are mainly related to integrate and match favourable biophysical conditions with the socio-economic conditions of the farmers/beneficiaries.