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Saving the Mozambique coconut: Uganda’s Ronald Kityo discovers parasitoids for the coconut whitefly

Fri, 25/11/2016 - 15:47
By Ronald Kityo Armed with an Intra-ACP Mobility scholarship, blessings from my family, but no knowledge of Portuguese, I travelled to the Portuguese speaking country of Mozambique in 2015 to study for a Masters in Crop Protection at Eduardo Mondlane University. This trip was  my first long flight out of Uganda. The weather in Mozambique […] 0

New Publication: Top 19 Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Uganda

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 15:11
RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development in this respect. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the revolving fund implemented in some member universities. RUFORUM believes in youth entrepreneurship as the […] 0

RUFORUM meets staff from Okayama University, Japan

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 13:15
RUFORUM’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, and his deputy, Dr. Moses Osiru, met with staff from Okayama University’s Faculty of Agriculture and the Institute of Plant Science and Resources (IPSR) on 10th November 2016 to discuss possible collaboration. The half-day meeting organized by Dr. Arthur Tugume of Makerere University, was held at the Japan International […] 0

ICRISAT and RUFORUM meet to consolidate partnership for Agricultural Research and Human Capacity Development

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 10:42
The RUFORUM Secretariat was privileged to host Dr. David J. Bergvinson, the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Dr. Bergvinson was accompanied by Dr. Patrick Okori, Principal Scientist at ICRISAT Malawi, and Dr. Moses Siambi, the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, ICRISAT. This event took place […] 0

African Union Chairperson announces a Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government to Champion Higher Education in Africa

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 15:48
Ten African Heads of State and Government have been constituted into a Committee to champion Higher Education, Science and Technology in Africa, as part of the efforts to strengthen the role of Science and Technology to enhance the realization of economic growth on the continent. This announcement was made by Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosasana Dlamini […] 0

A life changing experience

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 08:48
Written by: Sesethu Nyeleka, University of Fort Hare, South Africa The fifth biennial RUFORUM conference held from the 17th to the 21st of October was the first of its kind on the South African Soil. The conference took place at Century City Conference Center in Cape Town, co-organized with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Centre […] 0

Partnership to transform agricultural education

Tue, 08/11/2016 - 08:49
By Munyaradzi Makoni, University World News A ground-breaking partnership between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and The MasterCard Foundation is aiming to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. It is seeking to transform agriculture into a vibrant sector linked to African universities that can produce high-performing graduates […] 0

The JKUAT Master’s in Research Methods: what a course!

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:20
By Nancy Chege This is the story of how my life was beautifully transformed. Many years ago, I enrolled for a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education which later turned into a nightmare. My statistical skills, data and information management skills were minimal and I felt completely helpless every time I thought of testing hypotheses. I […] 0

Testimony of career opportunities for young scholars in agricultural sciences

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:08
By Lijalem Gebrewahid, PhD Student at Mekelle University I was born and raised in Shire-Endaslassie, a town in the  Tigrai Region of Northern Ethiopia. My love for agriculture must have been borne out of my experience of growing and caring for plants in the backyard of our home during my childhood. After completing high school, […] 0

Forum commits to producing more agriculture PhDs

Mon, 31/10/2016 - 16:22
Sixty vice-chancellors who constitute the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, RUFORUM, have committed to train 325 PhD students over the next five years through intra-African academic mobility. “If we all meet to our commitment to train five students each with our own resources, we will have 375 PhDs by the end of […] 0

Stellenbosch University plays host to agricultural leaders and students as part of RUFORUM programme

Fri, 28/10/2016 - 16:12
Stellenbosch University (SU) was the meeting place for a host of current and future leaders in agricultural higher education and research in Africa – from deans and vice-chancellors to undergraduate and PhD students. They visited campus on Monday as part of the 5th African Higher Agricultural Education Week and the Biennial Conference of the Regional […] 0

Celebrating excellence as RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 draws to a close

Fri, 28/10/2016 - 14:00
The week’s activities ended on a high note with standout academic and entrepreneurial achievements being officially recognised. RUFORUM’s 15 emerging innovators were each presented with the Young African Entrepreneurs Award and the best student posters were handpicked by a special panel. Seven academics were recognised for their extraordinary contributions to RUFORUM’s goals, including: Prof Frans […] 0

Alliances key to quality higher education in Africa

Fri, 28/10/2016 - 13:11
The important role of inter-institutional alliances was highlighted on Friday, as delegates discussed the steps to improving the quality of higher education at African universities. Keynote speaker, African Academy of Sciences Executive Director Prof Berhanu Abegaz, set the tone for much of the discussions with the statement: “The need for increasing quality is not a […] 0

Reaching the farmer

Fri, 28/10/2016 - 13:00
Several discussions on Thursday last week were dominated by conversations around the best ways of connecting with farmers. Keynote speaker Prof Patrick Okori (ICRISAT) told delegates despite the increased reach of communication technology, over 500 million people are not benefiting that much from agriculture due to limited access to relevant information and market knowledge, adding: […] 0

FARA ED Calls for the Modernization of Africa’s Food Production Systems Through Science at the AfricaHEWeek2016.

Thu, 27/10/2016 - 10:15
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) convened the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 in Cape town South Africa from 17th– 21st October, 2016.  RUFORUM is an institution that oversee graduate training and networks of specialization across Africa and primarily within the Common Market for Eastern and […] 0

The future of university funding and the Private Sector

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 13:35
The factors needed for increased innovation at university level were discussed on Wednesday as the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 entered its second day. Acknowledging the importance of attracting private sector support, the day kicked off with a session titled Linking Universities with Private Sector for agri-business innovations. Although the […] 0

Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma thanked for her Leadership role in driving Africa’s Agenda

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 13:25
By Pauline Atim, Social Media Reporter In light of her impending retirement from the African Union Chairmanship, Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was treated to a dinner by RUFORUM, during the Africa Higher Education Week in Cape Town, South Africa. The dinner was held as a token of appreciation for the support, guidance and advice her […] 0

Showcasing Excellence in Youth Innovations in Africa

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 13:00
RUFORUM celebrated the success of young African entrepreneurs who have come up with innovative solutions to address food insecurity and poverty-related challenges on Wednesday morning. A panel of 15 young people from across the continent showcased their businesses, which addressed a diverse range of issues, including ICT support for smallholder farmers, agri-processing and even capitalising […] 0

Africa must invest in people – Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 12:33
Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has emphasised investing in Africa’s people will be a crucial step towards the continent reaching its development goals. Gurib-Fakim was addressing delegates on the second day of the 5th Biennial RUFORUM Conference in Cape Town on Wednesday. Gurib-Fakimk herself a scientist, told the audience: “I am convinced that the social and […] 0

Business as Usual in Agriculture is no option

Wed, 19/10/2016 - 17:37
Deputy Executive Secretary Dr. Moses Osiru presented members with the Secretariat’s report highlighting the past year’s achievements. Notably, this included RUFORUM’s support of more than 120 Masters Students and close to 100 field attachments, reaching over 5000 smallholder farmers. Osiru also highlighted operational improvements that include strengthening internal ICT systems and the development of a […] 0