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“Keep them in school”. I am supporting two children in their primary education

Wed, 30/09/2020 - 13:21
There are three main directions influencing how tasks are accomplished, these are technological trends, social trends and techno-social trends. These three trends are constituting confrontations from environmental to demographic and digitization. In order to breakthrough now and in times to come, young and aspiring entrepreneur need to strengthen their existing interpersonal attributes and grow new ones. Becoming an entrepreneur and a job creator has … Read More “Keep them in school”. I am supporting two children in their primary education

Information System for Improved Pineapple Livelihoods for Smallholder Farmers in Central Region, Ghana

Wed, 30/09/2020 - 13:00
Low farmer-to-agricultural-extension-agent ratio, inadequate flow of information, weak linkages among value chain actors and other challenges have contributed to low productivity in the agricultural sector. The pineapple value chain like other commodity value chains in Ghana is faced with challenges, with smallholders being the most vulnerable.   Zikiru Shaibu is using modern technology to develop a farmer information system for smallholder farmers.  He is … Read More Information System for Improved Pineapple Livelihoods for Smallholder Farmers in Central Region, Ghana

My home project, The vegetable enterprise

Wed, 30/09/2020 - 10:30
My name is Stephen Ongaria studying for BSc. Education Agriculture at Gulu University. I started a vegetable enterprise project with an aim to transform the community through sustainable commercial vegetable enterprise growing mainly Sukumawiki, Onions and Tomatoes in Usuk sub-county, Katakwi District, Eastern Uganda. The business has good market throughout the year and can provide self-employment to the youth and women in my community … Read More My home project, The vegetable enterprise

The tough but promising journey

Tue, 29/09/2020 - 08:20
Andrew Waaswa is from Kibuku District, Eastern Uganda pursuing MSc. Agricultural Extension at Egerton University. His research is focused Climate-Smart Agriculture practices among smallholder potato farmers in Gilgil Sub County, Nakuru County, Kenya. Andrew comes from humble family background. His education was interrupted by the death of his father in 1995, leaving him with his peasant mother. During his childhood, Andrew served as a … Read More The tough but promising journey

The unexploited nutrient benefits of Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) oil seed crop for smallholder farmers in rural areas of Zimbabwe

Mon, 28/09/2020 - 11:06
Having grown up in some rural parts of Zimbabwe being exposed to peasantry farming since childhood, some of the main crops grown were cereals maize mainly for household food provision and cotton which was a cash crop. The introduction of marginalized crops came as a result of a fall in the cotton price on the market which was mainly a result of a fall … Read More The unexploited nutrient benefits of Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) oil seed crop for smallholder farmers in rural areas of Zimbabwe

Education is a change catalyst

Fri, 18/09/2020 - 12:16
Aipa Grace Bekah is a second year TAGDev student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelors of degree in Agricultural Education and Extension. The second born in a family of three hails from Turkana County, Northern Kenya; a pastoral community. She believes in education as the only equalizer. She was brought up by her grandmother alongside other thirteen grandchildren. School uniform, books, shoes were a luxury … Read More Education is a change catalyst

Eleven (11) RUFORUM Network Member Universities ranked among top Universities in Africa by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Fri, 11/09/2020 - 19:04
Kampala 11 September 2020 The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published once a year, assesses institutions worldwide across 13 performance indicators in five areas: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%). This year more than 1 500 institutions were ranked in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, across 93 countries and regions with a … Read More Eleven (11) RUFORUM Network Member Universities ranked among top Universities in Africa by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Appel à contributions pour une Edition Spéciale de la Série des Documents de Travail de RUFORUM, Vol 19, 2021

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:11
Dans le cadre de la conférence triennale de RUFORUM qui se tiendra du 6 au 10 décembre 2021 à Cotonou, au Bénin, RUFORUM invite les scientifiques, les spécialistes du développement et autres acteurs, en particulier de la République du Bénin, à soumettre des articles relayant leurs activités de recherche et développement. L’objectif est de promouvoir la visibilité des résultats de recherche et le partage … Read More Appel à contributions pour une Edition Spéciale de la Série des Documents de Travail de RUFORUM, Vol 19, 2021

Call for papers for a special Issue of RUFORUM Working Document Series, Vol 19, 2021

Tue, 08/09/2020 - 17:58
In commemoration of the RUFORUM Triennial Conference to be held 6-10 December 2021 in Cotonou, Benin, RUFORUM invites scientists, development practitioners and other actors, especially from the Republic of Benin, to submit papers profiling their research and development activities. The aim is to promote visibility of research outputs and sharing development-oriented information especially from Africa. The RUFORUM Working Document Series is an online open-access … Read More Call for papers for a special Issue of RUFORUM Working Document Series, Vol 19, 2021

Request for Expressions of Interest for a Firm to Develop a Conference Mobile Apps for RUFORUM Triennial in Benin, December 2021

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 17:49
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), located at Main Campus, Makerere University, Kampala – Uganda is a continental network of 126 Universities in 38 African countries, with a vision of Vibrant, transformative Universities catalysing sustainable, inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. After every three (3) years RUFORUM hold its Triennial conference in a Pre –nominated country … Read More Request for Expressions of Interest for a Firm to Develop a Conference Mobile Apps for RUFORUM Triennial in Benin, December 2021

Call for papers for 2021 Triennial Conference Scientific Sessions

Mon, 17/08/2020 - 14:29
Background The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 128 universities in 38 African countries. It was established in 2004 to (i) foster integration of African universities into the national agricultural innovation systems (NAIS); (ii) provide a platform for training quality graduates to support development processes in Africa; (iii) rationalize resource use and enhance economies of scale and … Read More Call for papers for 2021 Triennial Conference Scientific Sessions

RUFORUM awards 10 Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Mon, 03/08/2020 - 13:06
 Kampala 03, August 2020 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 128 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the two year Post-doctoral Fellowships funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The 10 Fellowships targeted former beneficiaries of regional doctoral training programmes funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York through RUFORUM. … Read More RUFORUM awards 10 Post-Doctoral Fellowships

RUFORUM awards 42 Doctoral Research Grants

Sat, 01/08/2020 - 11:30
Kampala 31, July 2020 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 128 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the two year Doctoral Research Grants funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The grants targeted registered PhD candidates in one of the RUFORUM Network universities as Graduate Teaching Assistants. The call for … Read More RUFORUM awards 42 Doctoral Research Grants

Pre-Call Announcement for 2021 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Thu, 16/07/2020 - 16:46
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 128 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to notify the prospective applicants of the upcoming call for 2021 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to … Read More Pre-Call Announcement for 2021 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Precall Announcement for RUFORUM Young Scientists Award (YSA)

Sun, 12/07/2020 - 16:07
Background The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 128 African universities operating within 38 countries spanning the African continent. RUFORUM is coordinated by a Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. RUFORUM supports universities to address the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well‐being of … Read More Precall Announcement for RUFORUM Young Scientists Award (YSA)

The fruit of my PhD journey: Dr. Janet C. Achora

Sun, 12/07/2020 - 15:13
 Background My Journey into the PhD program began when we were invited by our partners from the School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University to partner in the development of a proposal. This proposal was for the competitive grants that had been advertised under the RUFORUM Community Action Research Program (CARP). At that time, I was working with an NGO (Women of Uganda Network), where … Read More The fruit of my PhD journey: Dr. Janet C. Achora

[Issue 62] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 09:38
Daily Maverick Our universities need to change for an as yet unimagined future (South Africa) South Africa needs to build national capacity for an economy that needs skills that are radical and complex. In order to facilitate this, we need to ‘decolumnise’ campuses from the grand colosseums to a vibrant, insightful, smart network of decentralised partners.  Here is something that should scare and excite … Read More [Issue 62] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda

Tue, 26/05/2020 - 14:40
As a son of a farmer, I am always compounded and reminded of Bill Gates quotation “Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future”. Therefore, I strive to emulate on the farming practices of my fore fathers and at the same time improve on … Read More It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda

Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya

Tue, 26/05/2020 - 14:26
Having grown and brought up in western part of Kenya, where cassava is one of the major foods and a week cannot go without ‘Ugali’ made from cassava and sorghum this was my first encounter with the Kenyan coast. I had higher expectations and according to the stories I have been since my childhood about the people in the Kenyan coastal region. This ranging … Read More Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya

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