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[RUFORUM- Thought Piece] Nutrition challenge in Africa (Under-nutrition, over-nutrition, food safety and health)

Mon, 29/01/2024 - 08:11
Africa is the epicentre of under-nutrition, nutritional deficiencies, food poisoning and has in recent decades also registered marked rise in prevalence of over-nutrition and associated non-communicable diseases. Over 20% of Africa’s population face chronic hunger and approximately 30% of children below five years on the continent are stunted as a result of chronic under-nutrition. Prevalence […]

Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa [Volume 2(1)]

Tue, 16/01/2024 - 09:13
2. University World NewsClimate education needed to support youth ecopreneurs (Africa). Education institutions and policy-makers are crucial for scaling up youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through skills development and lifelong learning for young people. A discussion themed ‘Fostering youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation for climate resilient communities’ spearheaded by the […]

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] Transforming Agriculture Education in Conflict Regions: Case of South Sudan

Fri, 12/01/2024 - 17:29
Agriculture sector includes livestock and forestry. The Republic of South Sudan is well endowed with vast land area of 648,051 km2. Over 90 % of its population is residing in rural areas. Fortunately, over 95 % of the land in South Sudan is suitable for agriculture. About 50 million hectares are of prime agriculture land. […]

[13th African Crop Science Society Conference] Building Africa’s Future: Crop Research and Innovation for Agricultural Transformation, Resilience, and Inclusion

Wed, 03/01/2024 - 22:59
The African Crop Science Society (ACSS) is organizing its 13th Conference that will be hosted by Eduardo Mondlane University in collaboration with the National Agriculture Research Institute (IIAM) and other higher education institutions in Mozambique. The conference shall be held from 16th to 19th of September 2024, in Maputo, Mozambique. The Conference will provide a […]

[RUFORUM Newsletter] Transforming Higher Education to Sustainably Feed and Create Prosperity for Africa

Wed, 27/12/2023 - 22:08
Newsletter Highlights This brief highlights of happenings at the 19th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting and Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon African Universities in other media News from Member Universities Partnerships for strengthening higher agricultural education Please read the newsletter from here

[Press Release] Second RUFORUM Triennial Conference Set to Take Place in Windhoek, Namibia in August 2024

Sat, 16/12/2023 - 10:06
[Windhoek, December 8, 2023] – A significant step towards advancing agricultural research and innovation in Africa was taken today as the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the International University of Management (IUM), both members of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture), signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement to co-organize the second RUFORUM […]

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] Strengthening North-South Partnerships in Higher and Tertiary Education: Bridging the Divide for Global Progress

Fri, 15/12/2023 - 07:45
Introduction: In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, the importance of global collaboration in higher and tertiary education cannot be overstated. North-South partnerships play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities that transcend national borders in higher and tertiary education. These partnerships between institutions and individuals from more economically developed “North” […]

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] Unleashing the Potential of 5G and 6G networks to Improve Teaching and Learning in Africa

Mon, 11/12/2023 - 11:11
Africa is home to the world’s most youthful and rapidly expanding population. By 2030, it is projected that the continent will be inhabited by 1.7 billion individuals, more than half of whom will be under 25 years old[1]. Africa’s youth is anything but passive; they are dynamically engaged in shaping their own destiny. The millennial […]

[RUFORUM-AICCRA-IRI] Training session on “Introduction to climate information services for agriculture”

Fri, 08/12/2023 - 12:48
Date: 12th – 14th December 2023Time: 16:00hrs EATRegistration Link

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] “The Journey towards Net Zero: What lessons can Africa learn from Europe?”

Thu, 07/12/2023 - 16:38
Background The term Net Zero is used to describe a state in which greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are balanced by greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. The increase in global temperature the world is experiencing is strongly linked to cumulative Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but other greenhouse gases, notably methane, also contribute. The […]

[Press Release] RUFORUM Advances Regional Expansion with the Launching of the West Africa Node

Sat, 02/12/2023 - 12:01
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture [RUFORUM] took a significant step in its expansion strategy during the 19th Annual General Meeting [AGM] held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Following the approval of the establishment of two regional nodes, one in Western Africa and one in Southern Africa by the 17th General Assembly held in […]

RUFORUM 19th AGM Urges Africa to Take the Lead on Climate Action

Thu, 30/11/2023 - 10:39
#RUFORUMAGM2023 As the impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt across Africa, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has reminded African Governments that their climate commitments are key to preserving the continent’s unique natural resources. The appeal was made on 1st November 2023 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where higher education leaders, […]

Call for M&E application for AgriENGAGE Project

Wed, 22/11/2023 - 16:23
The AgriENGAGE project brings a consortium of universities from East, West, and North Africa with partners in Europe and RUFORUM as a regional network body. The universities that make up the consortium include; Egerton University, Pwani University (Kenya); Uganda Martyrs University, Gulu University (Uganda), University of Abomey Calavi, National University of Agriculture (Benin), Mohammed VI […]

The Open Door Fellowship Program – Applications are Open

Tue, 21/11/2023 - 10:17
Ready to elevate your scientific journey? The Open Doors Fellowship Program (ODFP) coordinated by IPBO (International Plant Biotechnology Outreach) in collaboration with VLIR-UOS and UGent, is designed exclusively for post-doctoral and mid-career women researchers employed within African (inter)national research centers and universities. The ODFP is committed to addressing the critical need to prevent female talent […]

The 19th RUFORUM AGM calls for consolidated efforts towards transforming higher agricultural and tertiary education in Africa

Tue, 21/11/2023 - 09:32
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 163 universities in 40 African countries held its 19th Annual General Meeting at the Palais De Congres in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 28th October to 2nd November 2023. The first of its kind in West and Central Africa, the RUFORUM AGM 2023 provided an opportunity for […]

[Carnegie Corporation of New York] The Role of Data in Empowering African Academics

Sun, 19/11/2023 - 17:10
Earlier this year, I attended the biennial Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, and Presidents of African Universities in Windhoek, Namibia, where a number of Carnegie Corporation of New York grantees shared assessments of their work, results, and possible solutions to the challenges they are facing. Among the grantee presenters were representatives from ESSA (Education Sub Saharan Africa), who presented […]

Historic Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the University of Bamenda, Cameroon

Fri, 17/11/2023 - 14:42
[YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] – In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development [MINADER] in Cameroon has inked a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the University of Bamenda. This monumental agreement, the first of its kind between the Ministry and universities in Cameroon, is poised to revolutionize the landscape of agricultural development in the […]

RUFORUM-Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships Call ID: RU/2023/Post-Doctoral Fellowship/0003: Unleashing the potential of African science leaders  

Thu, 16/11/2023 - 09:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); a network of 163 universities in 40 African countries. RUFORUM with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York invites applications from Senior Academics from Makerere University in Uganda, Universite Evangelique en Afrique in D.R. Congo and University of Juba in South Sudan to support 24-month […]

[University World News] Universities have frontline role to play in food production

Mon, 13/11/2023 - 11:02
#RUFORUMAGM2023 Stronger collaboration between stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to improve food production as well as fight against hunger and climate change in Africa is critical. This has been resolved at the 19th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) themed ‘Transforming Higher Education to Sustainably […]