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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture 2018-06-14T14:02:03Z
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Call for Proposals: Doctoral Research Scholarships for Graduate Teaching Assistantships at RUFORUM member Universities

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a key partner on a new four (4) year project on Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) funded by GCRF RCUK. The project aims at building the capacity of African and UK research organizations to design and deliver high quality, relevant and state of art research related to a major challenge that lies at the heart of sustainable development... Read More 0

But, how about the African Agriculture?

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:54
Why do African and European leaders of today make partly the same mistakes as they did in connection with the independence of most African countries fifty years ago, why do they again seem to forget that the basis for about 70% of the population still is agriculture? I followed with great interest the reports from the High-level meeting between African and European leaders in Abidjan at the end of November last year.... Read More 0

Prof Openjuru appointed Gulu University Vice Chancellor

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:51
Gulu University Chancellor Prof. Frederick Kayanja has appointed Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah as the new institution’s vice chancellor. Prof. Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year when his contract expired. Prof Pen-Mogi led the institution since its inception in 2002. Prof Openjuru has been the university Deputy Vice Chancellor and a former Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning at Makerere University.... Read More 0

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:21
The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since its launch by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognized 33 entrepreneurs, who were supported by more than 300 African and... Read More 0

RUFORUM Secretariat hosts a Pre-EU Intra Africa Mobility Project Implementation Workshop for three projects awarded to member universities

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:57
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat organized a pre-project inception meeting for three universities recently awarded projects by the Intra Africa Mobility Scheme funded through the European Union (EU). RUFORUM has been proactively providing technical backstopping to its member universities to mobilize resources for enhanced training and research in Africa. As part of its services and value addition to the member universities, the RUFORUM Secretariat invited team... Read More 0

RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:46
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017. The training was organized in response to a request from... Read More 0

RUFORUM Season’s Greetings 2017

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 10:49
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Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:11
It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend.  Whether this dream is realized will of course depend on a multitude of political, social, economic and... Read More 0

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 13:00
The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively1. Apart from the provision of technical knowledge, which is the traditional focus of higher education, what can institutions of higher learning offer key... Read More 0

RUFORUM Member Universities trained on Proposal writing Skills

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 11:43
As part of activities in the achievement of its core mandate, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) facilitates coordinates and implements skills enhancement workshops for University faculty, students and other stakeholders in higher education. During the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting that happened from 26-27 October 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi, RUFORUM and its member universities took the opportunity to train 35 University Faculty from across Africa, to develop... Read More 0

Africa’s population explosion bad news for future food security

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 08:53
Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally. That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The professor, executive director the of the Regional Universities... Read More 0

New Publication: Bringing Science to Communities, Voices from the Field

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 14:24
RUFORUM – is happy to launch this new publication series, Bringing Science to Communities: Voices from the Field. This popular science communication product is intended to showcase the on-the-ground impact of research and scientific work of RUFORUM – sponsored graduates and their mentors and others they interact with. African universities are increasingly embracing experiential learning as a key strategy for addressing gaps in higher education and training. Experiential learning addresses the challenge... Read More 0

My Ten Year Journey with RUFORUM, A Life Changing Opportunity

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 09:00
Starting my Journey with RUFORUM When the RUFORUM job adverts were placed in 2008, the opportunity to serve an African led organisation motivated me to apply and work at the RUFORUM Secretariat. I was very nervous. This largely was due to my inexperience in the field of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). I recall vividly when asked by the panel why I should be given an opportunity to work with RUFORUM, I... Read More 0

Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 10:06
Africa has been described by Mckinsey, as ‘Lions on the move’ to describe the growth in the consumer sector in many of its countries and its tremendous potential. Much has been achieved, as indicated by the remarkable economic growth indexes, albeit from a low starting point. The Continent however, continues to lag behind in several development indices, including rampant hunger and poverty in several parts of the continent. There is need to... Read More 0

The untapped potential of regional programmes support to higher education

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 09:59
Recent developments have brought higher education and especially university education back to the fore. The realization that no county can develop without investment in higher education has increased focus on the expectations against a backdrop of historical funding and quality challenges. The resurgence of focus for higher education has manifested in the change in the funding and continued engagement between the higher education sector and other national development initiatives. Several key thrusts... Read More 0

The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies

Fri, 24/11/2017 - 13:29
The RUFORUM ‘Vision 2030’ outlines a proposed agenda for how African universities within the network intend to position themselves to improve agricultural higher education, science, technology and innovation in Africa by the year 2030. The ambition of the agenda is to harness the discovery, engagement and learning of vibrant transformative universities to catalyse sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. Under this, the strategy has made six commitments... Read More 0

Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 09:36
I write this article as a young African woman with a passion for her continent and a hunger for innovation. As I attended one of the pre-events of the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, I happened to sit in one of the side events in which the Provost for EARTH University, Dr Daniel Sherrard shared the vision of EARTH University with Deans and Principals of African universities. I have... Read More 0

Reflections on the 13th RUFORUM AGM

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:51
RUFORUM’s 13th Annual General Meeting had a number of side events and a record breaking 386 participants. The main theme was RUFORUM Vision 2030, an agenda to align RUFORUM activities to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda2063- the ‘Africa We Want’ RUFORUM’s Vision 2030 strategy aims to create vibrant transformative universities catalysing sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. This vision excites me because it... Read More 0

Visit to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:16
I had the opportunity to visit the Bunda campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) during the thirteenth Annual General Meeting of RUFORUM in Malawi. LUANAR is five years old but its history traces back to 1966 when Bunda college was a constituent of the University of Malawi. LUANAR’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri welcomed the guests on behalf of the university. He stated that the total student... Read More 0

Job Opportunity at RUFORUM Secretariat: Communication, Publicity and Marketing Officer

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 17:42
 PROGRAM OFFICER – COMMUNICATION, PUBLICITY AND MARKETING  (Ref: RUF/HR/JOB/03/17) The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 85 universities operating in 35 African countries in Africa. RUFORUM’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of small-holder farmers and value chains through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working... Read More 0

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