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Higher quality seed potato improves productivity and income of Smallholder Farmers in Nakuru County

Tue, 24/07/2018 - 13:01
In the lash green rolling hills of Molo in Kenya lies Baraka Agricultural College, an exemplary Agricultural Technical Vocational and Training (ATVET) institution whose focus on nurturing skilled, relevant and market ready graduates is visible. Baraka Agricultural College prides in its competence based training approach that it executes in a range of training offerings including: Diploma in horticulture producer, Diploma in entrepreneurial agriculture, Diploma in sustainable agriculture and rural development, Certificate in... Read More 0

[Issue 22] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 24/07/2018 - 12:28
University World News The challenges of growing PhD graduate numbers (Africa) Sub-Saharan African countries need to increase the production rate of PhD graduates and substantially improve investment in doctoral education, according to recommendations emerging from a six-country study examining the PhD landscape in the region. While there is little disagreement about the need for more PhDs in Africa, experts say caution is needed on the issue of how such expansion takes place.... Read More 0

[Issue 21] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 07:44
Mail and Guardian Science will unlock Africa’s potential — if it is funded (Africa) Africa’s leading scientists, innovators and policymakers met in Kigali, Rwanda, in March this year to brainstorm solutions to an increasingly pressing problem: the poor quality of science on the continent. Any good leader knows that scientific discovery and innovation fuel progress, facilitate development and can tackle issues such as food insecurity, water shortages and climate change. But most... Read More 0

FAO-RUFORUM partnership offers free multilingual e-learning courses to African universities

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 07:30
We are delighted to inform you that RUFORUM has established a partnership agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the objetives to implement concrete collaboration initiatives to leverage comparative advantages, capitalize on existing resources and institutional expertise, and multiply the outreach and impact of both organizations’ capacity development efforts. Within the context of the partnership, FAO offers RUFORUM members and affiliated institutions a number of multilingual... Read More 0

JOBS: Appointments in RUFORUM

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 07:17
DAMA Consultants Limited are retained by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to identify competent individuals to fill the following posts: Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Development & Implementation (DES PD&I); Technical Specialist, Youth Services Development & Community Engagement (TS YSD & CE); Technical Specialist, Policy Analysis (TS-PA); Technical Specialist, Research and Development (TS-R&D); Internal Auditor (IA); and Systems Accountant (SA). All the positions are based at the RUFORUM... Read More 0

[Issue 20] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 17:21
University World News Building scientific capacity – A regional turning point (Africa) The future of Africa will be shaped by two dynamics. First, how well its leaders prepare for the fastest population growth rate in the world. And second, how well they do in creating the right opportunities for its young citizens. Africa is projected to become home to 1.7 billion people with more than half of that population under the age... Read More 0

Mastercard@RUFORUM announces 60 scholarship recipients for 2018-2019 academic year

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 13:45
Kampala July 02, 2018. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), is pleased to announce the Second cohort of the Mastercard@RUFORUM scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year. Since July 2016, RUFORUM, in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year programme aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to development challenges through enhanced application of science, technology,... Read More 0

[Issue 19]: Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 10:46
University World News Centres of Excellence project bequeaths research hubs (Africa) The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) plans to establish regional research hubs in at least four universities that are hosting the Eastern and Southern African Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE II) at a cost of US$2 million. In a move that will be preceded by the setting up of incubation centres in the institutions, later transiting into research centres,... Read More 0

Statement from RUFORUM Executive Secretary at the Joint Meeting of the SADC Ministers responsible for Education, Training, Science, Technology and Innovation

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 15:45
Professor. Adipala Ekwamu the Executive Secretary of  the Regional universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has this today made remarks about RUFORUM contribution to SADC during the closing of the joint meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Education, Training, Science, Technology and Innovation in Durban South Africa.  Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed I am pleased with this opportunity to speak before this... Read More 0

Concours des Jeunes entrepreneurs africains 2018

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 15:13
Le Forum Régional des Universités pour le renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM), un réseau de 85 universités dans 35 pays africains, a le plaisir d’annoncer l’ouverture du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains. L’objectif global de cette compétition est de promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat à travers les innovations d’entreprise et le financement des jeunes entrepreneurs africains ayant des idées créatives et innovantes. A travers le système d’application, RUFORUM invite donc tout jeune entrepreneur âgé... Read More 0

Press release: Program for the Sixth Higher Education Week and 2018 RUFORUM Biennial Conference released

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 17:01
Kampala 14 June, 2018. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to release the draft programme for the Sixth African Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Biennial Conference which is scheduled for 22-26 October, 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convection Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  The theme of the biennial is “Aligning African Universities to accelerate attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063” The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building... Read More 0

Fourteen (14) African universities including five RUFORUM members listed among top 1000 universities worldwide

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:43
The 2018/19 edition of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ‚ which were released on 28, May 2018, listed 14 African universities from five countries among the top 1000, five of which are RUFORUM member universities. South Africa (7), Egypt (4) and Uganda, Tunisia, Nigeria with one each. Since 2012‚ the Center for World University Rankings independently measure a university’s quality of education and training of students‚ the prestige of their... Read More 0

Call for Expression of Interest to Participate in a training of building a Pool of Professional Public Relations Officers in RUFORUM Member Universities

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 10:23
Open to: Public Relations/marketing/Communication Officers from the 85 member universities of RUFORUM or communications persons from research institutions in the 36 African countries where RUFORUM operates. See for details on countries where RUFORUM operates and the RUFORUM member universities.  Introduction Universities generate a lot of knowledge through faculty and students’ research which is needed for society and national development.  Further, due to the increasing demand, universities are also engaged in research... Read More 0

Press Release: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education calls for increased collaboration between African universities for development relevance in Africa

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:51
Nairobi, Kenya June 06, 2018. Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education met with a delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to discuss Kenya’s role in strengthening the higher education, science, technology and innovation sector in Africa. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Cabinet Secretary noted, among other things, the need to strengthen the linkages... Read More 0

[Issue 16] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 04/06/2018 - 08:37
Quartz Media Africa needs another million PhD scientists to develop homegrown solutions (Africa) It’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. As figures collated by the World Bank in 2014 show, the continent—home to around 16% of the world’s population—produces less than 1% of the world’s research output. These are painful admissions to make, but there are several projects and... Read More 0

Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 07:02
By Geoffrey Cheruiyot Ngenoh, MSc. Agri-Enterprise Development student at Egerton University. July 2017 will always be memorable to me. It was during this time that we had the orientation training for new TAGDev scholars and I developed a business mindset. Speaker after speaker during the training, motivated me to start my entrepreneurship journey. By the end of the training I had so many business ideas in mind, but I decided to start... Read More 0

An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material

Thu, 31/05/2018 - 14:04
By Drake Patrick Mirembe1, Settumba B. Mukasa2 and Jude T. Lubega3 1School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University; 2School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University; 3Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Introduction Several households in eastern and northern Uganda depend on cassava as their sole starch staple food and source of income. In the 1990s, cassava production was threatened by the emergency of the Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) which led to high... Read More 0

Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.

Tue, 29/05/2018 - 11:37
The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to submit business proposals for support in accessing: Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals, Agri-business incubation services and mentorship Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities The proposal can be on an existing businesses/start-ups run by youth with a view of creating employment. The business proposal should be on... Read More 0

Creating youth employment and food security in my community

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 17:30
  By Gad Matayo Sambrumo, MSc Agri-Enterprise Development at Egerton University  I was born in 1993 in Busia County, western Kenya and hold a degree in Agribusiness Management and Enterprise Development from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Currently, I am enrolled for a Master of Science in Agri-Enterprise Development at Egerton University funded by RUFORUM under the TAGDev (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development)... Read More 0

Ugandan Parliamentarians engage with academia to discuss lifelong learning for farmers

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 17:20
Makerere University, a partner in the Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL), recently briefed Ugandan parliamentarians on COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) Model. This dialogue was organised to address the role of parliamentarians and academia in design and implementation of legislative initiatives in relation to food and nutritional security. It also discussed the possibility of initiating efforts to harmonise policies to enhance food and nutrition security. The meeting was held as part of... Read More 0