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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

RUFORUM Fifth Biennial Conference Opens in Cape Town

Wed, 19/10/2016 - 17:24
More than 750 academics and agriculture stakeholders from across Africa have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, as the 5th African Higher Agricultural Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference officially got underway on Tuesday. With the theme: Linking Universities with Private Sector, Governments and other Stakeholders in support of Agriculture Development in Africa, participants can […] 0

Saving local cassava varieties to enhance food security in Uganda

Fri, 07/10/2016 - 13:08
By Settumba Mukasa and Moses Erongu, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Cassava is the most important root crop in Uganda, grown in most parts of the country because of its ability to survive in a wide range of soil and weather conditions. It also serves as a family food reserve crop because […] 0

World-renowned virologist named 2016 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Laureate.

Tue, 27/09/2016 - 12:02
The development of six vaccines, developing a world-class research facility and training more than one hundred graduate students and post-doctoral fellows earns Dr. Lorne Babiuk this prestigious international award. Dr. Lorne Babiuk, a world-renowned virologist, highly acclaimed for his international leadership in vaccine development and research in veterinary infectious disease control, particularly zoonotic diseases, named […] 0

African Doctoral Academy Summer School Next intake 9-20 January 2017

Mon, 26/09/2016 - 14:37
Summer School 2017 – programme and fees The Summer School is drawing near and we’ve had a few requests around our programme for 2017. While we are putting the finishing touches on our programme, I would like to share some of the highlights of the coming Summer School with you. The 8th annual Summer School […] 0

Improving productivity of indigenous chicken in Northern Uganda

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 16:56
By Christine Nakkazi, College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences, Makerere University Over 80% of rural households in Northern Uganda keep chicken, mostly local breeds kept under the free-range production system. However, these indigenous chicken exhibit low turnover and low growth rate due to poor management and inadequate feeding which challenges their ability to play […] 0

Announcement: Winners of the Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2016

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 17:10
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 15 winners of the 2016 Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted a total of 756 applicants from 38 African countries. The following are the stages and processes that were followed to identify the 15 winners. All 756 applications were […] 0

Women farmers in Eastern Uganda reap big from cassava processing

Thu, 15/09/2016 - 17:42
By Stanslus Okurut and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Under their group the Popular Knowledge Women’s Initiative (P’KWI), women farmers in Soroti District, Eastern Uganda, are reaping big from processing fresh cassava roots into High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF). Lack of access to adequate and sustainable markets has been a […] 0

ICRA – Scholarship Application is Open for Professionals in Agricultural Education, Research and Agribusiness: March – May 2017

Thu, 15/09/2016 - 08:32
Application deadline (for scholarships): 19 October 2016 Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 13 – 31 March 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands As a professional in tertiary agricultural education you are expected to prepare competent graduates for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that […] 0