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Good will message from RUFORUM delivered during the Launch of the International Research Consortium (IRC) on Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)

Fri, 16/09/2022 - 16:03
Representative and Officers from the European Commission Representative and Officers from the African Union Commission Hon. Ministers from the Government of Ghana The Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, The Executive Directors of the Sub-Regional Agricultural Research Organisations Ladies and gentlemen, As already introduced by the Moderator, my name is Prof.... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] The status of agri-food systems in Africa

Thu, 08/09/2022 - 08:35
State of food security and nutrition: Both hunger and malnutrition have been worsening over the last few years. The prevalence of hunger has been on the rise in the Africa region since 2017. As such, the status of food security and nutrition in Africa is backsliding. The 2022 Report on “The State of Food Security... Continue Reading →

Job Opportunity: Regional Coordinator, Programme Officer, and Finance Officer at the RUFORUM Regional Nodes

Thu, 08/09/2022 - 08:18
DAMA CONSULTANTS LIMITED We are retained by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to identify a competent, dedicated and highly inspirational individuals to fill the posts at the RUFORUM Regional Node for Southern Africa being established in Malawi. The positions will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi. About RUFORUM The Regional Universities... Continue Reading →

Job Opportunity: Executive Assistant at RUFORUM Secretariat

Wed, 07/09/2022 - 11:27
DAMA CONSULTANTS LIMITED We are retained by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to identify a competent, dedicated and highly inspirational individual to fill the post of Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary. The position is based at the RUFORUM Secretariat in Kampala, Uganda. About RUFORUM: The Regional Universities Forum for... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM AGM 2022 – Webinar] Pre-event Transforming Higher Education in Africa: Moving from Dialogue to Action

Thu, 01/09/2022 - 14:58
The RUFORUM Network is organising a dialogue /webinar to transform Higher Education in Africa. This dialogue seeks to bring together stakeholders within the higher education landscape to share evidence of implementing transformation within universities in Africa and beyond. It seeks to bring a convergence of purpose, evidence and practice to catalyse transformational actions among earmerging and... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology: Transformation Process Since its Establishment in 2008

Mon, 22/08/2022 - 17:09
A brief overview and background information The Institute of Science and Technology was established by order No. 3, 2008, During laying of the foundation stone, President Salva Kiir gave it the name of Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology. The reason for renaming it was to honour and memory of late Dr.... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM AGM 2022 – Webinar] Pre-event Moving forward the UNFSS 21 Action Plan: Need for Collaborative undertakings

Fri, 19/08/2022 - 16:57
The RUFORUM Network is organising a half day dialogue /webinar to develop a roadmap towards actioning university and research institutions contribution towards strengthening Africa’s Food Systems. The dialogue will bring together Universities, Research Institutions, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC). There will be simultaneous translation... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] RUFORUM IN 2032

Wed, 17/08/2022 - 18:42
Background The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 155 African universities operating within 38 countries spanning the African continent. RUFORUM is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has a mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] BADEA Delegation Visits RUFORUM Secretariat

Fri, 12/08/2022 - 16:08
The RUFORUM Secretariat hosted a delegation from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) at their offices located at Makerere University Main Campus on 11th August 2022. The Delegation was led by the Director General His Excellence Dr. Sidi Ould Tah and included Dr. Diab Karrar, Director for Operations and Dr. Mohamed Elhafedh... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Bible, Farming and RUFORUM: Promoting Integration of Farming and Theology in RUFORUM

Sat, 06/08/2022 - 05:43
Preamble “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6. Whatever we do on earth including farming, it is supposed to be done for the sake of God’s glory and for man’s pleasure and... Continue Reading →


Fri, 05/08/2022 - 17:40
The Department of Agriculture in the Free State University held the Youth in Agriculture fishery and forestry (YAFF) Awards in June 2022. The YAFF award was introduced by the National Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development and forms part of the department’s strategy to develop 2500 youth owned enterprises country wide. Chantelle de... Continue Reading →

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU): Focus on SMU Newsletter Vol.7 No. 6, July 2022

Thu, 04/08/2022 - 20:15
ABOUT US Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) was established when the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande in terms of section 20 of the Higher Education Act 1997 (Act 101 of 1997), promulgated the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) in the SA Government Gazette no: 37658 of 16 May 2014.... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] Cameroon to host the RUFORUM Annual General Meeting of 2023

Tue, 02/08/2022 - 10:38
The RUFORUM Board Executive Committee at its sitting of 28th July 2022 agreed on the venues for the RUFORUM Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Triennial Conferences for the period 2023 – 2030. The 2023 AGM will be hosted by the Government of Cameroon and the five RUFORUM Member Universities in Cameroon. Subsequently, the 2024 Triennial... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] RUFORUM Board appoints a new Executive Secretary

Mon, 01/08/2022 - 09:04
Professor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji, RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor University of Bamenda in Cameroon today announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Okori as the next RUFORUM Executive Secretary effective 01 January 2023. He will replace Prof. Adipala Ekwamu who has been serving as the Executive Secretary since the founding of RUFORUM in 2004 by 10... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Facing the Future with Hope: Adopting Climate Smart Agriculture in Kigezi Highlands and Beyond

Sat, 30/07/2022 - 18:25
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is one of the nine faculties at Kabale University. Kabale University started as a community University in 2001 but was later taken up by the Government of Uganda in 2015. The Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences started in 2019 with only 63 students and two undergraduate programs,... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM 2022 Annual General Meeting

Sat, 30/07/2022 - 17:04
The AGM will be an opportunity to forge new partnerships, network, discuss emerging issues, share lessons and establish the potential to adopt best practices across the 150 RUFORUM member universities from 38 African countries. This 2022 AGM will be organized under the theme: “Strengthening Africa’s Agri-food Systems in the Post COVID-19 Era – Opportunities and... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Actualization of the SDGs by 2030 for Food and Nutrition Security of Africa – The Perspective of Research and Innovation

Thu, 28/07/2022 - 16:48
Feeding the African continent with sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to its ever-growing population in a manner that reduces malnutrition and promote good health is one of the major concerns that has existed and continues to exist in the twenty-first century. The FAO acknowledges food security to exist when all people, at all times, have... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] Official Launch of the PhD Programme in “Natural Resources and Environmental Management” at University of Juba

Thu, 28/07/2022 - 12:43
The University of Juba in South Sudan in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), have officially launched a PhD programme in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. The function was held at University of Juba’s Samani Hall on 22nd July 2022. It was attended by the Representative of the Ministry... Continue Reading →

Opportunités de Formation de Troisième Cycle dans le cadre du Programme d’Assistanat d’Enseignement Supérieur de RUFORUM (GTA)- [French]

Mon, 25/07/2022 - 17:10
Lors de la réunion annuelle des Vice-Chanceliers / Présidents / Directeurs de Section / Recteurs des Universités Membres de RUFORUM (voir les liens sur le Dépliant de RUFORUM et l’Aperçu de RUFORUM) qui s’est tenue le 11 novembre 2020, les ViceChanceliers ont réaffirmé leur engagement envers le Programme d’Assistanat d’Enseignement Supérieur (GTA) qu’ils ont initié... Continue Reading →

Postgraduate Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program (GTA)- [English]

Mon, 25/07/2022 - 16:59
During the annual meeting of Vice Chancellors/Presidents/Principals/Rectors of RUFORUM Member Universities (see links about RUFORUM flier and RUFORUM at a Glance) held on 11th November 2020, the Vice Chancellors re-affirmed their commitment to the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program that they initiated in 2014. The objectives of the GTA are to: i) Improve the quality of... Continue Reading →