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The Young African Entrepreneurs competition call closes with 756 Submissions

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 11:19
RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development, business incubation and believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration into the economic growth for youth employment. As part of efforts to promote and showcase youth innovations in enterprise development and business incubation, RUFORUM organised the […] 0

Mac Maharaj on Mandela and South Africa

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 18:02
When we look back on the life and times of Mandela several attributes stand out. He was a man of action. By Mac Maharaj Nelson Rohlihlala Mandela, endearingly known among us as Madiba, once wrote that “Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind, not […] 0

Meet Rose Nangonzi: Producing virus free planting materials for cassava farmers

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 13:32
Ms. Rose Nangonzi born on 11th, November, 1992, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Makerere University. She previously worked as a team leader (Research and Innovations) with BioCrops (U) Limited on tissue culture of cassava and banana germplasm.  She also received training on virus identification and indexing for sustainable production of sweet […] 0

RUFORUM partners with AWARD to Strengthen Leadership skills for Research Scientists and University staff in Africa

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 16:02
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture  (RUFORUM) in partnership with the African Women in Agriculture and Research Development (AWARD) aims at strengthening improved gender practices within the RUFORUM Network and jointly organizing leadership and management training courses. A gender awareness leadership and management training conducted annually is one of the activities under […] 0

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2016/2017 Call for Applications (new guidelines)

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 16:05
Background The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities.  The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development by providing a centre for […] 0

First Announcement: African Crop Science Society Conference

Mon, 01/08/2016 - 10:47
The African Crop Science Society (ACSS) General Assembly decided that the next conference will be held in South Africa. The South African Organizing Committee (LOC) announces the following important information: Date of Conference: 15 – 18 January 2018 Venue: University Stellenbosch -30 km from the International Airport of Cape Town Registration Fee: $300 and late […] 0

The MasterCard Foundation and RUFORUM Invest in Innovative Agricultural Training in Africa

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:27
The MasterCard Foundation and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will collaborate to test new models of agricultural education in Africa.  The eight year commitment of US$ 27.1 Million from MasterCard will focus on smallholder farmers, connecting university education to the needs of rural communities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth […] 0

International Conference on Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Production and Marketing Systems through Science, Technology and Innovation

Sat, 23/07/2016 - 07:00
Dates: November 29-December 02, 2016. PREAMBLE Agriculture remains a key pillar in economies of many Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries. Despite many efforts to improve agricultural productivity and food security systems, several SSA countries continue to grapple with the twin challenges of poverty and food/nutrition insecurity. Majority of rural population live below the poverty line and […] 0

African universities need bankable ideas

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 12:35
African universities face huge, intersecting challenges. As a result, they are struggling to adapt. Firstly, enrolments are rising without universities increasing their capacities to deliver quality education aligned to the continent’s needs. Secondly, raising revenue through fees clearly isn’t the answer to funding shortfalls: the policy of co-financing education through tuition fees has failed to […] 0

Strengthening University-Private Sector Partnerships in Agriculture – The Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 13:15
Over 600 delegates, including 300 graduate students, 60 university Vice-Chancellors, policy makers, development partners and several delegates from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and America will convene at the Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week during the week of 17-21 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Key Speakers confirmed for this […] 0

Linking research to inclusive development for food security: Facing rural innovation challenges

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 11:05
An ICRA course for professionals involved in facilitating and coaching rural innovation Wageningen, the Netherlands 14 Nov – 2 Dec 20 16 (3 weeks) Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations need up to date information on how to most effectively improve […] 0

Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development: Boosting competencies in higher education

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 08:15
An ICRA course for professionals involved in tertiary agricultural education Wageningen, the Netherlands 10–28 October 2016 (3 weeks) Professionals in tertiary agricultural education are expected to prepare competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural […] 0

Kenyan Professor heads board for Fisheries PhD course at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 16:22
Professor Ruth Otunga from the University of Eldoret in Kenya has been elected first board chairperson for the regional PhD programme in Aquaculture and Fisheries hosted at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources following the Regional Academic Advisory Board Meeting held at Crossroads Hotel in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. LUANAR […] 0

UNIVEN Partners With RUFORUM to Respond to challenges in the realm of Agriculture

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 11:47
A delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda, Prof Peter Mbati, comprising of the Dean of the School of Agriculture, Prof Godwin Mchau, the Director International Relations, Cornelius Hagenmeier and Director Communications and Marketing, Takalani Dzaga successfully accomplished its mission of strengthening the relationship between the University and the Regional […] 0

Hydric soils: A new dimension to stemming wetland degradation

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:53
By Botle Mapeshoane, National University of Lesotho, Soil Science and Resource Conservation Department The state of global wetlands is generally deteriorating and the mountain wetland ecosystems of Lesotho are no different.  Lesotho’s mountain ecosystem occupies the highest part of the Drakensberg Escarpment between 2400m and 3482m above sea level and are primarily used for summer […] 0

The shea fruit: a green gift to mankind

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:42
By Ruth Napio, Msc Food Science and Technology, Makerere University Back when I was a little girl, and well into my teenage years, my favourite petroleum jelly was always the one labelled “enriched with shea butter”. Though I liked the product, it was imported and costly. I had no idea that the treasured shea butter […] 0

Development of human capital key limitation for achieving African vision

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 14:57
Education, and particularly higher education is no longer only for the elite but a necessity for development! These remarks were made by Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda at the opening of a side event organised by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the African Union Commission on […] 0

How a farmer group moved from seed multiplication to value addition: The case of cassava composite porridge

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 11:53
By Rebecca Mukebezi and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Most farmers perceive cassava as a famine reserve crop that is mainly grown for food security during periods of prolonged drought. As such, they rarely add value to the crop which makes them incur huge losses especially when there is a […] 0

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology receives RUFORUM Recognition Award

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 10:39
His Excellency Dr. Martial De Ikounga, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology was recognised by RUFORUM for “his commitment and outstanding leadership in the development and implementation of national and continental-wide functional frameworks for Science, Technology & Innovation in Africa”. This event took place during the seventh Forum for Agricultural Research […] 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards ACIAR John Allwright Fellowship applications for 2017 intake

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:56
Applications for the JAF 2017 intake will open on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 09:00am Australia Eastern Standard Time and close on Sunday 31 July 2016 at midnight Australia Eastern Standard Time. Applying online Go to the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at The first step is for the applicant to register in […] 0