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[Press Release] GCHERA Announces 2021 Laureates of the Prestigious World Agriculture Prize

Mon, 13/06/2022 - 12:58
GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences) is pleased to announce the 2021 Laureates of the World Agriculture Prize, Emeritus Professor Marc Van Montagu of Ghent University, Belgium and Professor Mitiku Haile, Founding President of Mekelle University, Ethiopia in recognition of their outstanding achievements in agriculture and life science education... Continue Reading →

My experience and support to TAGDev Sponsored Students on Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists at Ndejje University

Sun, 12/06/2022 - 20:19
Ndejje University embraced a collaboration with RUFORUM but became active in 2019 when it secured a grant for the Next Generation of Scientists where it took up twelve (12) financially disadvantaged students on scholarship. Currently, we host 3 groups of Students; 12 students in 3rd year, 34 students in 2nd year and 25 students in... Continue Reading →

Brief history of Volaille d’Or

Sun, 12/06/2022 - 18:42
Volaille d’Or is an agricultural company founded in 2016 to deal with food shortage in the city of Bukavu. In a study published in 2010 on food dependence in Kivu, 85% of poultry products consumed in South Kivu and more precisely in Bukavu, were imported. The study further indicated that there were few people especially... Continue Reading →

FINAL DAY OF THE IOFS HIGH-LEVEL FORUM CULMINATED IN THE ALMATY DECLARATION

Fri, 10/06/2022 - 16:27
On June 9, 2022 Islamic Organization for Food security concluded two-day Food security Forum. The High-level Forum attracts ministers, decision-makers, opinion-leaders, leading scientific experts and participants of agro-industrial sectors to discuss a wide range of issues in nutrition and Food Safety correlation. The second day of the session under the name of Youth and Food Security was primarily dedicated to the generating of youth empowerment for... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Student Post: The importance of understanding each other’s culture in collaborative teamwork

Fri, 10/06/2022 - 12:16
After the first workshop with students from University of Zambia and Mulungushi University, various feelings have been shared. Feelings of joy, uncertainness, exhaustion and success. By now, most of us have formed a solid bond with our team members and have come up with a premeditated plan that will hopefully lead to a successful outcome.... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Building industry-university collaboration in Zambia

Fri, 10/06/2022 - 12:03
HAMK has implemented an Accelerated Growth for SMEs (AGS) Co-creation and Innovation programme in collaboration with Crazy Town in Finland, University of Zambia (UNZA) and Mulungushi University (MU) in Zambia. The programme has provided concrete opportunities for co-creation, demonstration of the developed service or product concept and business logic rationale for 14 Zambian SMEs. Teams... Continue Reading →

TWO-DAY IOFS HIGH-LEVEL FORUM ON FOOD SECURITY KICKS OFF IN ALMATY

Fri, 10/06/2022 - 10:02
On 8-9 June 2022 Islamic Organisation for Food Security hosted a High-level Forum on Food security in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The hybrid event was jointly organised by IOFS and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University and brought together representatives of more than 20 countries and attracted more than 1000 participants. The Forum created a dynamic platform for... Continue Reading →

Transformation of higher education through internal engagement and external partnership

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 09:22
University Background The University of Eldoret (UoE) was established upon the award of Charter by the President on 11th February, 2013, as the Chepkoilel University College. The institution was founded in 1946 by the white settlers initially as a Large Scale Farmers Training Centre. In 1984, it was converted to a Science Teachers’ Training College... Continue Reading →

The African Capacity Building Foundation – Capacity Development Support Under the Strengthening African Leadership for Climate Adaptation Programme (SALCA)

Fri, 03/06/2022 - 11:50
1.0 IntroductionThe African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is a pan-African capacity building institution that seeks to develop strategic capacity for economic transformation and sustainable development of Africa. Since its establishment in 1991, the Foundation has catalysed scalable change across the continent by investing in capacity building initiatives in the public and private sectors and civil... Continue Reading →

MasterCard scholarship “scaled up”

Fri, 03/06/2022 - 10:21
A scholarship scheme funded by the MasterCard Foundation – as part of a US$27.1 million program – has enabled some 535 students across Africa to earn agriculture-related degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In what could be one of the most elaborate scholarships schemes for postgraduate and discipline-specific training in Africa, the foundation, in partnership with Uganda-based Regional... Continue Reading →

Transforming the lives of smallholder pig farmers through capacity building using an experiential learning approach in the Volta Region, Ghana

Thu, 02/06/2022 - 17:06
My name is John Atsu Agbolosoo and I was awarded a Field Attached Program Award (FAPA), which commenced on 12 December 2020 and ended on 29 May 2021. The main objective of this field attachment program was to train smallholder pig farmers on the development of entrepreneurial behavior skills, good farm management practices, effective feed... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Mentorship in PBL – Lessons from the Sustainable Solid Waste Student Challenge in Zambia

Wed, 01/06/2022 - 15:06
I was the main mentor for students from the University of Zambia involved in the Sustainable Solid Waste student challenge. The students involved came from two universities in Zambia (UNZA and Mulungushi) and HAMK university from Finland. We also had mentors from each university, making it a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. In total, over 30... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Why it’s time for Kenyan universities to adopt the Problem Based Learning approach

Wed, 01/06/2022 - 14:56
Why it’s time for Kenyan universities to adopt the Problem Based Learning approach in preparation for the first lot of Competency Based Curriculum in 2029 As Kenya has started implementing the Competency Based Learning (CBC) unveiled in 2017 to replace the older 8-4-4 education system, it’s time for the institutions of higher learning such as... Continue Reading →

Unlocking the pig and poultry growth potential with essential oils from aromatic plants

Wed, 01/06/2022 - 13:47
My name is Noah Waisindye and I am the second born of 15 children. I was born on 26th March 1991 in Wagona village, Baitambogwe sub-country, Mayuge district, Eastern Uganda.  My parents, Mr. Robert Balugire and Mrs. Takali Rebecca, are from Wagona and Mukuta villages respectively. I went to Bute Mixed Primary and Busoga Secondary... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] The University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin): A modern transformative University for sustainable development

Wed, 01/06/2022 - 09:11
The COVID-19 pandemic, the current socio-economic crisis that several countries in the world, including African countries, are going through, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine have reinforced the socio-economic challenges (poverty, food insecurity, lack of health coverage, etc.) that African countries, including Benin, were already facing. The race to achieve the Sustainable Development... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] L’Université Evangélique en Afrique as an Integrated University in Central Africa

Mon, 30/05/2022 - 11:41
The African University requires in-depth transformation to create a space where learners meet with their supervisors to develop a quadruple competence consisting of building knowledge, know-how, life and thinking skills to contribute to the development of the continent. It is therefore necessary that the university be considered holistically to develop skills that Africa needs. It... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] EARTH University “An ACT of faith and a labour of love”

Mon, 30/05/2022 - 08:40
CRITICAL ELEMENTS ADDRESSED IN THE CREATION OF EARTH UNIVERSITYDr. Robert Carbonell, the first President of the Board of Directors of EARTH University, was asked about the purpose of the institution during its early planning days. His response was: “EARTH is an act of faith and a labor of love.” I was listening to the interview... Continue Reading →

The Success Story of PROVENDE KIVU

Fri, 27/05/2022 - 14:11
A year after obtaining my degree in agricultural engineering at the Catholic University of Bukavu, I was appointed manager of a family chicken coop in the city of Bukavu (Ets. CARPE DIEM). The average number of hens were 100, but the major challenge was the high cost of chicken feeds which took 80% of the... Continue Reading →

Community-University Engagement for a Transformative Higher Education in Africa: Experience from Gulu University

Fri, 27/05/2022 - 09:23
The need for a transformative approach to higher education. The cardinal role of higher education in generating knowledge, building human capital and translating knowledge into technological innovations is key to sustainable development and fostering the socio-economic well-being of a sustainable society. The societal benefit from higher education investment is largely realised when human capital translates... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM Executive Secretary holds dialogue with His Excellency the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Uganda

Thu, 26/05/2022 - 10:26
Prof Adipala Ekwamu, the RUFORUM Executive Secretary, met with His Excellency Abdalla Hassan AlShamsi, the UAE Ambassador to Uganda, to explore opportunities for strengthening partnership between African and UAE Universities and development agencies in UAE. The two explored partnership in the areas of strengthening agri-food systems in Africa to serve both Africa and the Arab... Continue Reading →

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