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African Journal of Rural Development publishes inaugural issues

Tue, 12/04/2016 - 16:38
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce publication of the first two issues of the   African Journal of Rural Development, AJRD. AJRD is an online, bilingual (English/French), peer-reviewed, open access journal whose aim is to share knowledge on all aspects that contribute to sustainable and inclusive rural development. […] 0

Learning how agricultural research can be more relevant to the poor

Tue, 12/04/2016 - 09:15
Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Can agricultural research be more relevant and useful to women, the poor and marginalized? Researchers in the CGIAR have long been grappling with this question and have developed a number of methodologies in response, the best known of which are farming systems research in 1970s and integrated natural resource… 0

Makerere University engages farmers to evaluate striga-resistant rice varieties

Mon, 11/04/2016 - 16:22
Striga, also known as the witch-weed, is a parasitic plant that infests cereal crops, often causing yield losses of up to 100% on farmers’ fields. In Eastern Uganda, the weed poses production constraints to upland rice cultivation. It is therefore urgent to manage this problematic weed in order to improve cereal productivity and enhance farmer […] 0

Universities recognised as important stakeholders in enhancing the impact of Agricultural research for Development – RUFORUM at the GCARD3 Conference

Mon, 11/04/2016 - 10:44
The third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), jointly organised by the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) under the theme “No One Left Behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World” was attended by over 400 participants representing academia, government, civil society, […] 0

University Administration Support Program (UASP) Application

Tue, 05/04/2016 - 09:39
Due date:  April 8, 2016  University Administration Support Program (UASP) IREX is currently accepting applications for Fellowships in Research Management from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Ukraine. The deadline for applications is April 8, 2016. Full eligibility requirements and application instructions are provided via the link below. Please read the […] 0

Call for Concept Notes: Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, BioFISA II Programme Flagship Projects

Tue, 05/04/2016 - 09:08
Call ID: V6LFISA/2016/FSG001 Deadline for Submission: 16 May 2016 This is a two-phased open call for funding of flagship projects. In this first phase, only a concept note is submitted for evaluation (Part 1). Thereafter, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (Part 2) and separate guidelines for the second phase […] 0

The 1st World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development, Nakuru, Kenya

Tue, 05/04/2016 - 08:21
Important Deadlines: Registration opens: 5th April 2015 Registration deadline: 5th June 2016 Exhibitors registration: 5th May 2016 Call for abstracts opens: 15th March 2016 Deadline for abstract submission: 15th May 2016 “FOSTERING INNOVATIONS FOR THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY” The livestock sector in most developing countries has been on an upward trend, experiencing expansion in mainly small-scale […] 0

Visit by Dr. Thomas Odong, Plant Breeder at the RUFORUM Regional Program on Plant Breeding, Biotechnology and Seed Systems to WACCI, 1-5 June, 2015

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:15
By Dr. Thomas Odong As part of its initiative to facilitate cross learning and building capacity for Africa within Africa, RUFORUM through its Regional PhD Program in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology facilitated me to deliver a course module on “Bioinformatics, Advanced Biometry and Genetic Analysis” to the 8th Cohort of PhD students in Plant Breeding […] 0

Rwanda takes long view to invest in African science

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 16:28
By Papias Musafiri Speed read Rwanda is developing science capacity to cut poverty and promote growth It is focusing on knowledge creation, acquisition and transfer Nation plans to showcase progress as host of 2018 Next Einstein Forum The Africa-wide Next Einstein Forum is just one way to build capacity for development, says minister Papias Musafiri. […] 0

Discovering camels: The agricultural gold of the drylands

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 17:05
By Salamula Jenipher Biira The first time I travelled to Karamoja Region, over 400 km North East of Uganda’s capital city, the journey was a long and tiring one. However, the distance and fatigue did not compare to the level of excitement I felt at the thought of getting up-close with the “giants of the […] 0

Gulu University sets up Farmer Call Centre

Tue, 22/03/2016 - 16:56
By Lawrence Okidi Access to real time information has been one of the pressing needs identified by farmers in the Northern Uganda district of Gulu. To fill this gap, Gulu University, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with Insead Business Campus (Singapore) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity […] 0

Apply Now: The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency

Mon, 21/03/2016 - 16:56
Competition Opens: March 1, 2016  •  Final Deadline to Submit: May 2, 2016 Successful applicants from this competition will be offered residencies between February and August 2017. The Center’s residency program offers a superb opportunity for focused work in a serene environment that brings highly diverse cohorts of artists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers together for […] 0

Brooding to prosperity: Master of Agrienterprise Development students at Egerton University reap big from poultry

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 12:00
By Jane Nyambura and Kenneth Chepkwony Limited skills, innovativeness and entrepreneurial capacity among graduates is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions in Africa. Egerton University is taking bold and innovative steps in higher agricultural training and education to tackle this challenge and has developed a Master of Science in Agrienterprise Development. The programme […] 0

Indigenous legume project at University of Namibia excites farmers and extension staff

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 10:54
By Absalom Kahumba, Maria Shipandeni and Emmanuel Lutaaya The Department of Animal Science at University of Namibia (UNAM) hosted a group of 20 farmers from Omaheke and Khomas regions in Namibia and extension personnel from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) during the 2015 observance of Farmers’ Day. The event, which took […] 0

Reaping from a transformative postgraduate education: The case of Master of Agrienterprise Development at Egerton University

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 08:37
By Dickson Okello and Dickson Otieno Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa are under mounting pressure to offer relevant and transformative education that will support economic growth and impact the lives of local communities. As a change leader, Egerton University undertook a strategic intervention by developing an innovative postgraduate degree programme -Master of Science in Agrienterprise Development. […] 0

ARPPIS­‐DAAD PhD scholarships for study at icipe, Kenya

Fri, 04/03/2016 - 16:32
Deadline: 22 March, 2016 3­–year doctoral training in insect sciences for development The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS). icipe […] 0

Call for Applications: TRECCAfrica II now open!

Thu, 25/02/2016 - 18:04
PhD Mobility | Masters Full-Degree | Masters Mobility Applications open: 11 February 2016 | Close: 26 March 2016 Apply: ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP TRECCAfrica addresses one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges: food security in the face of climate change, resource depletion and loss of forests, wildlife and environmental services. Applications from African citizens (including […] 0

Engaging smallholder farmers in cassava value addition in Northern Uganda through community engagement approach

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 14:27
By Sam Elolu[1] Cassava is a key staple in Uganda and is increasingly gaining popularity as an income generating crop. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture has engaged university-based research teams to generate innovations and solutions to constraints along the cassava value chain. This storyline features one of the graduate students working […] 0

Innovation Competition: Transforming Lives by supporting Financial Innovation

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 14:05
The 2016 Innovation Competition is currently open. As in 2015, this competition requires proposals that seek to design, pilot, test and launch new financial products and services that can effectively meet the financing needs of people living in poverty in rural and agricultural areas. To see the results of the 2015 Innovation Competition, kindly click […] 0

Early career scientists consider applying to participate in April 2016 ISPC science forum

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 10:58
The ISPC Science Forum 2016 will be held from 12-14 April 2016 in Addis Ababa addressing the topic of: “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: rethinking the pathways”. Motivated early career scientists interested in receiving ISPC support to participate in the Forum in Addis Ababa can apply here: There is no age limit to ECS, […] 0