The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), which is located at Makerere University, is a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries and was established in 2004.  From 1992 until 2004, RUFORUM operated as a program of the Rockefeller Foundation.  RUFORUM’s mandate is to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries.   Because RUFORUM recognizes the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well being of small-scale farmers and economic development throughout sub-Saharan Africa, our mandate is to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the countries and universities where it works.  We strongly believe in fostering innovative and responsive research; high performing and proactive graduates; a dynamic platform for university networking; advocacy for agricultural higher education; and university transformation for relevance.

 The goal of this website is to satisfy the needs of network members and visitors who are interested in African postgraduate training and research in the agricultural sciences.  You will therefore find the following on the RUFORUM website:

  • RUFORUM institutional repository, which includes RUFORUM research, e-learning and OER courses, and other relevant information about our activities
  • Directory of organizations relevant to African agriculture
  • Other information pertinent to African agricultural training and research

We aim for the RUFORUM website to become an essential tool for anyone interested in agricultural research and training in Africa.

Press Release: A Very Successful 2014 Biennial Conference

“After 10 successful years influencing higher agricultural education in specific regions of Africa,” announced Professor Adipala Ekwamu, the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at the conclusion of the organisation’s highly successful 4th biennial conference, held last week Maputo, Mozambique, “we now have a wonderful opportunity to not only influence its future direction strategically but also across the continent as a whole.”

The conference attracted nearly 700 participants from 45 countries, including H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mrs Graca Machel, Member of the International Panel of Elders and Former Minister of Education, Mozambique, two AU Commissioners, ten Ministers, 34 Vice Chancellors, and university Principals and Deans, as well as many graduate students studying across the continent.