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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

African Heads of State and Government and Development Partners to meet to discuss the role of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Fri, 25/09/2015 - 09:29
Global leaders are meeting at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt the sustainable development goals for the next 15 years to 2030. One of the goals is on inclusive quality education and continuous professional development for all. African leaders recognize that higher education is a key for the attainment of the sustainable development […] 0

RUFORUM Convenes stakeholders to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa

Tue, 22/09/2015 - 12:44
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) on 15-16 September, 2015 convened a stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa Priority One. This was a follow up of the earlier meeting in March, 2015, where the African Union Commission (AUC) […] 0

Meet RUFORUM Graduate Research Student, Mzengereza Kumbukani

Tue, 22/09/2015 - 07:00
Walking in the corridors of Mzuzu University after having been awarded a scholarship by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to study for a Master of Fisheries science degree was a dream come true for me as l had been yearning for the opportunity.  What is more fascinating is the experience […] 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards Scholarships Now Open

Fri, 18/09/2015 - 13:29
Australia Awards are international scholarships funded by the Australian Government which promote development in Africa through a program of training opportunities for African professionals.  In this round, one of the focus sectors is Agricultural Productivity.  Applications are now open for master-level degrees and short courses.  Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program […] 0

Call for Short, Extended abstracts and Posters/Exhibitions

Fri, 18/09/2015 - 09:45
5th African Higher Education Week &  RUFORUM Biennial Conference: Linking  Universities with Private Sector, Governments and Other Stakeholders in support of Agricultural Development in Africa   19th – 23rd September, 2016 CALL FOR SHORT, EXTENDED ABSTRACTS AND POSTERS/EXHIBITIONS The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a Network of 55 African Universities in sub-Saharan […] 0

Apply Now: Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellowship

Tue, 15/09/2015 - 06:57
OVERVIEW The Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellowship is a groundbreaking effort to inspire and empower the next generation of young African business leaders. Launched in 2013, the program was undertaken in recognition of Jennifer Potter, former IGD president & CEO, to commemorate her dedication to expanding economic opportunity throughout her career, particularly among women. The […] 0

Supporting Higher Education in Africa through Social Media, a focus on Namibia

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 09:31
As part of its strategy to increase visibility of RUFORUM’s operations, with support from the University of Namibia, RUFORUM trained nine reporters during the recently concluded 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held 25-29 August 2015 in Namibia. With the network’s growth to now 55 member universities across Africa, it is increasingly important to engage Social […] 0

Introducing MSc Students under the RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant in National University of Lesotho

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 09:10
I am Morai Moiloa from Lesotho; l was born and raised in Mafeteng district in the country. I got acquainted to agriculture since my childhood and this is where I developed the love of it as I grew from the community that depend largely on agriculture. I have attended the National University of Lesotho from […] 0

Now Open: African Doctoral Academy Summer School 2016

Tue, 08/09/2015 - 11:32
Advance Notice ADA Summer School 2016 In Research Methods and Academic Career Development 11 – 22 January 2016 University of Stellenbosch Over 150 delegates, hailing from all across Africa visited Stellenbosch University to participate in the African Doctoral Academy’s bi-annual learning experience. The academy offered twelve one-week courses, six of which had never presented before […] 0