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In power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency | Mail & Guardian Africa

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 11:07
In power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency | Mail & Guardian Africa. NIGERIA’S Akinwumi Adesina was Thursday elected new president of the African Development Bank  (AfDB) in a thrilling vote that saw major heavyweights from North Africa and southern Africa were stripped away early in the opening rounds. The dapper bow-tie […] 0

CTA programme wins top UN prize for its youth and ICT work

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 10:04
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been honoured in the prestigious 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. The Centre won the e-agriculture category for its youth and ICT programme – Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS).  The prize was presented in Geneva, Switzerland, […] 0

eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 16:33
e-Capacities is an online marketplace for the supply and demand of capacities in strategic human capital formation. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments. eCapacities connects training providers, workplaces and […] 0

QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 10:19
Written by: Engela Duvenhage from Stellenbosch University Where studies and research in agriculture and forestry are concerned, Stellenbosch University (SU) ranks as the most sought after and influential institution in South Africa. It is also ranked among the top 100 institutions worldwide in these fields, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. […] 0

Moi University Principal to lead University Research in Kenya

Sat, 23/05/2015 - 09:00
Moi University researcher Prof. Fabian Omoding Esamai has been appointed to lead University Research Chairs (URC) programme in Kenya. Prof Esamai, who is also the Principal of the College of Health Sciences, emerged the best in a competitive selection process conducted by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). NACOSTI advertised for the […] 0

DAAD supports 17 academic staff mobility in RUFORUM Member Universities

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 14:52
Under the Academic Mobility thrust, 17 staff in RUFORUM Member Universities and research institutions from Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe have benefited to study Doctoral programmes in other countries within the ECSA region. RUFORUM has been partnering with Germany Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) since 2011 through the in-region fellowship programme. The partnership aims […] 0

ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarships available

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 08:51
Deadline: 10th June, 2015 The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East […] 0

PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 09:35
By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB] “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change on […] 0

Call for Application: Student Innovations Grants

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 02:00
The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is seeking student applicants who can help create innovation[1] in the global food system by proposing innovative solutions to food system challenges. We are issuing this call for proposals to connect with student creativity and problem solving across higher education. We will award up to 15 grants […] 0

IFAMA names Johan Van Rooyen as new President-Elect

Tue, 19/05/2015 - 16:50
IFAMA is pleased to announce that Johan van Rooyen, Director, Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership & Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University in South Africa has been selected to serve as the next IFAMA President; a term beginning in June 2015-2017. “I’m honored to be selected for this appointment,” said Van Rooyen “Globally, the ag […] 0

University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building

Tue, 19/05/2015 - 10:24
University of Pretoria (UP) is a Research-Intensive University that joined the RUFORUM Network in 2014 as a full member. The University fosters a holistic approach to education with academic activities that are enriched by community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry. The University of Pretoria recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) […] 0

Seeking agronomist for short-term paid position

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 11:26
Deadline: May 31, 2015 A three-month assignment from July 2015 The Manda Wilderness Community Trust is a UK-based charity which for the past 10 years has supported over 20,000 inhabitants of a 240,000-hectare area in northern Mozambique known as Manda Wilderness. Working from a base at the Nkwichi Lodge ecotourism site on the shores of […] 0

TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 07:37
Deadline: 1 October 2015 TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their […] 0

Press Release: European Union pledges support for academic mobility programmes

Thu, 14/05/2015 - 09:20
The European Union recognizes knowledge and innovations as key ingredients for economic and social development. At a recent visibility event held at Makerere University in Uganda, Mr. Theo Hoorntje, Head of Cooperation at the European Union delegation to Uganda, pledged support to higher education through academic mobility between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the […] 0

ARPPIS-DAAD doctoral scholarships available for study at icipe, Kenya

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 15:47
Deadline: 6th June 2015 3­–year doctoral training in insect sciences for development The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS). icipe […] 0

60 African University Deans/Principals to Converge in Khartoum on Higher Education

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 11:16
African University Deans and Principals (60) of Agriculture and related faculties will come together 8-10 June, 2015 in Khartoum, Sudan for a three day retreat to discuss issues related to strengthening higher education, Science technology and innovation in Africa. A key issue to be discussed by the Academic heads will be how to enhance regional […] 0

Connecting student research to community needs

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 09:21
For years, universities have tried to shake off their reputation as ivory towers churning out research that is of little relevance to the local communities around them. AgShare is a powerful road-tested model that provides strategies for a coherent institutional approach to teaching, research and community development. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation […] 0

Reflection and Learning Workshop for African and European Partners

Fri, 08/05/2015 - 16:06
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) under the auspices of the Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) hosted representatives of several consortia and Regional Farmers’ Associations at a Learning and Reflection Workshop.   Thirty participants representing various institutions (including regional and national farmers’ organizations, NGOs, universities and research […] 0

RUFORUM Fellow scores a double

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 09:00
Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a Nigerian PhD student of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda, has won the 2014 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the 2014 fall Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) fellowships. AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa […] 0

DAAD in country/In region scholarships for East Africa

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 01:50
The Faculty of Agriculture of Jomo Kenyatta University, in conjunction with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce the availability of DAAD funded scholarships for students interested in the following programs; Sc. Food Science and Technology Sc. Horticulture D. Horticulture D. Food Science and Technology Outstanding candidates seeking to apply for these […] 0