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[Thought Piece] Developing and Nurturing Leaders of Tomorrow: the Role of Universities

Thu, 26/05/2022 - 09:52
One of our most important responsibilities as leaders of agricultural universities, and a critical role for RUFORUM as well, is to reflect critically on the mission of the university. Taxpayers who fund budgets, policy makers who determine the resources available, producers both large and small, consumers and other stakeholders, harbor multiple expectations of universities work... Continue Reading →


Wed, 25/05/2022 - 14:01
Introduction The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 148 Universities in 38 African countries will hold its 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) between 12th and 16th December 2022 at the Harare International Conference Centre in Zimbabwe under the theme “Sustaining African Industrialization through Innovative Agricultural Research, Training and Outreach... Continue Reading →

Kenyan pastoralists: how changing livestock markets could reduce conflict

Wed, 25/05/2022 - 13:08
Over nine million Kenyans are pastoralists out of a total population of 50 million. Together they hold livestock worth over US$1 billion. Livestock is their source of food, health, and wealth. But livestock also causes conflicts. In some Kenyan communities, clashes between farmers and pastoralists erupt due to the scramble for fodder, water and space. Farms encroach... Continue Reading →

Strengthening capacities for enabling policy environment to support family farmers in Africa

Tue, 24/05/2022 - 15:05
FAO and RUFORUM collaborating in the context of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019 – 2028 18/05/2022 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is collaborating with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to strengthen the capacities of state and non-state actors to develop and implement public policies... Continue Reading →

Solutions from nature, my story

Tue, 24/05/2022 - 10:04
My name is Lina Sara Mathew Alonga. I was born in Torit Town, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. I am the first born of six from a humble family of Mr Mathew Alonga Urbano and Mrs Dementila Abwo Mathew. God has blessed me with three children. I attended my primary school from Bulluk “A” Primary... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Transforming higher education – the road tailored to meet the development needs from The National University of Agriculture

Sat, 21/05/2022 - 19:33
ContextUniversities in developing countries in general and in particular in Benin are set up to meet the training needs of technical executives in different professional fields. In many cases these universities were created without due preparation and the minimum infrastructure and facilities necessary for proper functioning is limited. However, like others, these universities must respond... Continue Reading →

Intra-Africa Mobility for Training Agribusiness and Food Systems Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) Scholarship Advertisement for Cohort 2

Thu, 19/05/2022 - 11:18
About TAFSA ProgramIntra-Africa Mobility to Train Agribusiness and Food System Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) is funded by the European Union (EU). The program is run by 5 African Universities namely, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique); Gulu University (Uganda); Makerere University (Uganda); University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), and University of Pretoria (South Africa). The goal of... Continue Reading →

TABLE Call for proposals

Mon, 16/05/2022 - 15:22
Are you a researcher or a food systems practitioner affiliated with an institution based in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East or Asia? Do you have a nuanced understanding of some of the debates about what a ‘good future’ for food looks like, and a desire to explore and share the various angles... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Developing university competitiveness through human capital development, collaborations and entrepreneurship

Mon, 16/05/2022 - 13:03
Universities, private and public, are responsible for teaching, research, publishing, consultancy services and advancing human development. Over the years, funding of public universities through the Exchequer has been the Government’s prerogative, and was possible when the demand for university education was low. However, the increase in demand for university education has led to establishment of... Continue Reading →

My grandmother inspired me to establish a business enterprise in herbal medicine

Mon, 16/05/2022 - 11:28
I was born in the family of Mr Katebarirwe Alfred in 1980 in Nyakatugunda Ndeija Rwampala (Uganda). We are a family of three sons and two daughters. I attained A-level certificate and diploma in business administration; I got an opportunity to work with a health organization in the names of Norland Industrial Health Group from... Continue Reading →

A pathway to inclusivity through agriculture in Africa

Thu, 12/05/2022 - 14:26
A host of leading experts on international knowledge cooperation joined for the Shaping Futures symposium in The Hague earlier this month. The event was part of the celebrations of 70 years of Nuffic. This year we celebrate seven decades of strengthening education systems and investing in empowerment through international knowledge exchange. Among the group of expert speakers... Continue Reading →

I run a beeswax business in my home town

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 11:47
My name is Victor Gordon Akejo and I am a TAGDEV student from Uganda. I study at Egerton University, Kenya. One of the main entrepreneurial projects I’m involved in back home is selling beeswax. I started this business during the COVID-19 lockdown because of its ready market. Beeswax are used in the manufacture of candles,... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] Ten (10) RUFORUM Member Universities ranked among 1,406 universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 09:45
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) strives to support its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting edge research, innovation and academic mobility to enable them rank higher globally. With the controversies surrounding University rankings, they have remained relevant in demonstrating the value of institutions of Higher Learning. In the... Continue Reading →


Tue, 03/05/2022 - 13:06
A. BackgroundWith the current geometric rise in Africa’s population estimated to reach about 2.6 billion by 2050 and a growth rate of more than 2.5% p.a. (Population of Africa, 2019), it becomes imperative that agriculture and food systems (AFS) are reviewed to embrace innovative approaches for sustaining and improving the system from production to utilization.... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM Webinar Series / Public Consultation

Mon, 02/05/2022 - 15:16
The AU-EU Innovation Agenda is an ambitious unprecedented initiative aiming to translate Research & Innovation endeavours into tangible businesses, services and jobs, in Africa and Europe. The Agenda foresees short-, medium- and long-term actions in the four joint AU-EU priority areas of Research & Innovation, namely (i) Public Health, (ii) Green Transition (encompassing Food and... Continue Reading →

Happy Eid-Al-Fitr

Sat, 30/04/2022 - 19:26
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) wishes the Muslim community a happy Eid-Al-Fitr celebration.


Thu, 28/04/2022 - 12:15
Call for Innovation Research Proposals The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM;, on behalf of the Research and Innovation Network for Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action in Africa [RESEN-RAICAIA],in partnership with West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL; and AKADEMIYA2063 ( ), invites... Continue Reading →

History of Kivu Agro Business

Wed, 27/04/2022 - 09:50
Kivu Agro Business (KAB) is an agricultural company founded by Mugisho Banga Jean de Dieu who is an Agronomist. The company initially evolved in  an informal sector for three years (2017-2020). Towards the end of 2019, a decision to formalize the company was undertaken and this was effected at the beginning of 2020. The company... Continue Reading →

Opening remarks by Dr Alice Mutiti Mweetwa, RUFORUM Deputy Executive Secretary During The: MODULAR TRAINING PROGRAMME

Tue, 26/04/2022 - 11:32
On Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming for State and Non-Sate Actors in Zambia, 25thApril, 2022 The Food and Agricultural Organization Representative in Zambia, Her Excellency, Madame Suze Percy Filippini Representatives of Family Farming Unit of Food and Agricultural Organization at Rome The Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences or His representative Directors and... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] FAO, RUFORUM and UNZA collaborate to build capacity for creating an enabling policy environment to support family farmers

Fri, 22/04/2022 - 17:12
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) will host a “Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming Training Program for State and Non-State Actors in Zambia” in Siavonga, Zambia from 25 – 29 April,... Continue Reading →