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RUFORUM’s new crowd-funding campaign for postgraduates

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 19:18
Reproduced from the University World News | Written by  Waruru  09 October, 2015 Issue No:160 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, RUFORUM, has launched an ambitious crowd-funding campaign to raise money to train more postgraduate students over the next five years. The campaign, to be run through the forum’s web platforms and […] 0

COMMUNIQUÉ: 12th African Crop Science Society to be held in South Africa

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 14:00
The Council of the African Crop Science Society (ACSS) regrets to inform that the 12th ACSS Conference which was previously slated for Abuja, Nigeria, from 12 – 15 October 2015, has been cancelled due to unforeseen challenges. The Council thanks the local organizing committee for their efforts towards the organization, support and fund raising for […] 0

Senior Government Leaders meet in Malawi’s Capital to strengthen cooperation in higher education, science, and technology

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 13:00
Higher Education, Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Government officials will meet in Lilongwe, Malawi 20-21 October, 2015 to deliberate on specific actions required to improve the status of higher education in Africa in line with the recent commitments on the Sustainable Development Goals, launched at the United Nations, last month. The two day Ministerial […] 0

The RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant (GRG): A Focus on Students from Uganda

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 11:00
Over the years, RUFORUM has championed transformative graduate research and training in agricultural sciences through supporting graduate research and training implemented under the Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS). One of the competitive grants that is routinely made available through Senior Faculty in member universities is the Graduate Research Grants (GRGs). The GRG supports the training of […] 0

Australia Awards in Africa: Applications Currently open

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 10:00
Deadline: 1 September – 30 November 2015 Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government. They promote development in Africa through a program of training opportunities for African professionals Scholarships: About Australia Awards Scholarships Australia Awards Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. The objective […] 0

The RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant (GRG): A Focus on Students from Mozambique

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 08:00
Over the years, RUFORUM has championed transformative graduate research and training in agricultural sciences through supporting graduate research and training implemented under the Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS). One of the competitive grants that is routinely made available through Senior Faculty in member universities is the Graduate Research Grants (GRGs). The GRG supports the training of […] 0

Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA): 2nd Call for Applications

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 07:00
Deadline: October 30, 2015 The Corporation’s board of trustees approved a grant for the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA), a competitive fund to support African beneficiaries of Corporation-supported postgraduate degree and postdoctoral programs to present papers at major international conferences.  Since 2008, the Corporation’s primary strategy in Africa has been to assist in the […] 0

Building on foundations – CTA-RUFORUM’s partnership

Wed, 14/10/2015 - 06:55
This article has been republished from the CTA Website at: CTA congratulates the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) on the successful organisation of its side event at the 70th United Nations General Assembly to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in New York. This significant undertaking in RUFORUM’s 2015 calendar […] 0

Building the Capacity of the Next Generation of Scientists for Africa: RUFORUM’s Hand into the Future

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 15:00
Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics University of Nairobi RUFORUM has had a history of lifting many scientists from a position of great need into one of hope. It is as though the future suddenly stretches before you and you feel capacitated to dream and take that next bold step forward. This is what exactly describes […] 0

Successful workshop on knowledge co-creation and research uptake for food security held

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 12:00
Co-creation, stakeholder engagement and commercialization of knowledge were the central themes at the three-day-workshop on Food and Business Research in Uganda. About 40 project representatives and 25 external stakeholders actively engaged to enhance the uptake of research with a strong focus on SMEs. NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP Office, together with PAEPARD, RUFORUM and AgriProFocus Uganda, […] 0

Academic Mobility Paves way for Young Scholar from Benin, West Africa

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 10:00
Eric Etchikinto Agoyi from Benin, is a PhD student of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda. Eric’s PhD scholarship is under the EU supported Intra-ACP SHARE Capacities project. His nascent PhD research protocol focusing on “Genetic study of promiscuous nodulation in soybean” won him the 2015 Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme […] 0

ICT’s for Socio-Economic Transformation: Makerere University Efforts to transformation University-Smallholder Farmers Engagements in Northern Uganda

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 08:00
Makerere University through the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) boosts of one of the leading agricultural research centers in Uganda, producing numerous agricultural technologies that are transforming agriculture across nationally and regionally. Over the years, College of Agriculture has been focused undertaking impact oriented teaching, learning, research, and outreach with a focus at […] 0

Agshare II: A focus on Agricultural Economics Department at Haramaya University

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 09:12
Agshare provides strategies for a logical institutional approach to teaching, research and community development. The AgShare core strategy is a research-based approach for the co-creation and publication of agricultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. Multiple-media Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced, shared, modified, and made freely available through learning networks. Students engage in participatory […] 0

Professor Fetien Abay – A Pioneering Plant and Seed Scientist

Wed, 07/10/2015 - 08:40
Her Story Professor Fetien Abay Abera was born in Wukro town of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. She is the last (twin) daughter to a family of 12 and is now married and a mother of three. Saved by her mother from an arranged marriage at a very young age (12) to a much older man (36), […] 0

Making GIS work for Agriculture: Experiences from a RUFORUM NASA 2015 course beneficiary

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 21:31
Dr. John Wasige was recognized by NASA for application of free & open source GIS/Remote sensing software in full automated work flow of digital satellite image processing for land use change detection at Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University USA. He was inspired to study agricultural sciences from experiences of growing up in a […] 0

Enhancing the role of Universities in Agribusiness through linkages with society

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 20:19
Experiences from the Agribusiness Enhance Project FED/2013/320-100 RUFORUM is an Associate Partner for the project “Strengthening Universities Capacity to Enhance Competitiveness of Agribusinesses in East and West Africa – Agribusiness Enhance in short,” an Edulink project grant number FED/2013/320-100. The project brings together agribusiness educators and researchers from Egerton University, Kenya, ;Mekelle University, Ethiopia; Gulu […] 0

Producing Entrepreneurs to support Value Chains – A story of a RUFORUM student at Gulu University

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 19:54
Akidi Irene Lynette is a graduate student at Gulu University, Uganda pursuing master’s degree in Agri-Enterprises Development and currently in her my second year of study. She shares her experiences studying under the Agri-Enterprise Development program in a RUFORUM member university, Gulu University. During my first year a number of concepts were introduced to us, […] 0

President of Malawi Calls on African Leaders and Development Partners to Strengthen Higher Education for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 15:32
At the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York (UNGA), His Excellency Professor. Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi hosted a Side Event on ‘A Strategy to Strengthen Higher Education in Africa for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’. The side event was organised in parallel to the ongoing UNGA […] 0

Job Opportunities: Trainers Needed

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 12:56
Do you understand the principles of adult learning? Do you appreciate gender and diversity issues? Do you have excellent facilitation and presentation skills? Would you like to work with a team of world class trainers? African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is expanding its team of trainers and invites expressions of interest from […] 0

Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Wed, 30/09/2015 - 06:49
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges are available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. 1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking […] 0