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Africa’s population explosion bad news for future food security

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 08:53
Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally. That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The professor, executive director the of the Regional Universities... Read More 0

New Publication: Bringing Science to Communities, Voices from the Field

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 14:24
RUFORUM – is happy to launch this new publication series, Bringing Science to Communities: Voices from the Field. This popular science communication product is intended to showcase the on-the-ground impact of research and scientific work of RUFORUM – sponsored graduates and their mentors and others they interact with. African universities are increasingly embracing experiential learning as a key strategy for addressing gaps in higher education and training. Experiential learning addresses the challenge... Read More 0

My Ten Year Journey with RUFORUM, A Life Changing Opportunity

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 09:00
Starting my Journey with RUFORUM When the RUFORUM job adverts were placed in 2008, the opportunity to serve an African led organisation motivated me to apply and work at the RUFORUM Secretariat. I was very nervous. This largely was due to my inexperience in the field of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). I recall vividly when asked by the panel why I should be given an opportunity to work with RUFORUM, I... Read More 0

Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 10:06
Africa has been described by Mckinsey, as ‘Lions on the move’ to describe the growth in the consumer sector in many of its countries and its tremendous potential. Much has been achieved, as indicated by the remarkable economic growth indexes, albeit from a low starting point. The Continent however, continues to lag behind in several development indices, including rampant hunger and poverty in several parts of the continent. There is need to... Read More 0

The untapped potential of regional programmes support to higher education

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 09:59
Recent developments have brought higher education and especially university education back to the fore. The realization that no county can develop without investment in higher education has increased focus on the expectations against a backdrop of historical funding and quality challenges. The resurgence of focus for higher education has manifested in the change in the funding and continued engagement between the higher education sector and other national development initiatives. Several key thrusts... Read More 0

The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies

Fri, 24/11/2017 - 13:29
The RUFORUM ‘Vision 2030’ outlines a proposed agenda for how African universities within the network intend to position themselves to improve agricultural higher education, science, technology and innovation in Africa by the year 2030. The ambition of the agenda is to harness the discovery, engagement and learning of vibrant transformative universities to catalyse sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. Under this, the strategy has made six commitments... Read More 0

Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 09:36
I write this article as a young African woman with a passion for her continent and a hunger for innovation. As I attended one of the pre-events of the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, I happened to sit in one of the side events in which the Provost for EARTH University, Dr Daniel Sherrard shared the vision of EARTH University with Deans and Principals of African universities. I have... Read More 0

Reflections on the 13th RUFORUM AGM

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:51
RUFORUM’s 13th Annual General Meeting had a number of side events and a record breaking 386 participants. The main theme was RUFORUM Vision 2030, an agenda to align RUFORUM activities to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda2063- the ‘Africa We Want’ RUFORUM’s Vision 2030 strategy aims to create vibrant transformative universities catalysing sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. This vision excites me because it... Read More 0

Visit to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:16
I had the opportunity to visit the Bunda campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) during the thirteenth Annual General Meeting of RUFORUM in Malawi. LUANAR is five years old but its history traces back to 1966 when Bunda college was a constituent of the University of Malawi. LUANAR’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri welcomed the guests on behalf of the university. He stated that the total student... Read More 0

Job Opportunity at RUFORUM Secretariat: Communication, Publicity and Marketing Officer

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 17:42
 PROGRAM OFFICER – COMMUNICATION, PUBLICITY AND MARKETING  (Ref: RUF/HR/JOB/03/17) The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 85 universities operating in 35 African countries in Africa. RUFORUM’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of small-holder farmers and value chains through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working... Read More 0

Call for Applications for Postgraduate Programmes: University of Malawi

Mon, 06/11/2017 - 10:15
College of Medicine: Deadline dates Vary The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi with a mission “to be an academic centre of excellence in the training of doctors and other health professionals in clinical service and medical research, responsive to the health needs of Malawi and its neighbours within the Southern African region”. Through postgraduate training, CoM expects to develop and... Read More 0

Apply Now: MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships 2018

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 12:27
Deadline Extension: 31 March 2018  The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 83 universities in 35 African countries. The partnership focuses on ‘Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development’. The aim of partnership is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business... Read More 0

RUFORUM Trains University Faculty to Develop and Manage University and Community Transforming Programmes and Projects

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 12:09
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) trained thirty three (33) faculty from twenty two (22) universities in thirteen (13[1]) countries in Africa and Europe in transformative training and research programmes development and projects management. The training with the objective of enhancing university faculty skills to develop and manage university and community transforming programmes and projects was conducted at Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi between 21st and 25th... Read More 0

FAO and RUFORUM Sign a New Partnership to train the Next Generation of Agricultural Change Agents

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 12:04
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacities Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) on the 26th October, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding and committed to work together to strengthen  the capacities of RUFORUM member universities to better contribute to food and nutrition security, increase sustainability of agricultural and food systems, reduce rural poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. The... Read More 0

Leadership and Management training for University Principals and Deans

Fri, 03/11/2017 - 09:41
  It is great that RUFORUM was able to host a pre-event for Principals and Deans to receive leadership and management training facilitated by the Partnership for African Social and Government Research (PASGR) during the 13th Annual General Meeting in Malawi. PASGR’s main aim is to increase capacity of academic institutions and researchers to contribute research that informs social policy and governance through collaborative higher education programs. The meeting took the form... Read More 0

Agenda for Policy Action in the New RUFORUM Strategy

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:25
The positive economic growth trends observed in most African countries in the 2000’s were in part, attributable to the broad macroeconomic policy reforms of the 1990’s and before. In response to more favorable policies, agricultural sector performance improved appreciably in some African countries (Badiane et al., 2017: unpublished presentation in Gaborone).  During the same period, a number of global and Africa-wide initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the comprehensive Africa... Read More 0

Special Call for Applications: Ten RUFORUM Community-Based Field Attachment Programme Awards

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 15:14
Proposal submission to RUFORUM Secretariat by 30th November 2017 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is working for strengthening capacities of students to contribute to sustainable agricultural development, building resilience of small-scale agriculture, improving livelihoods and reduction of rural poverty in Africa. The goal is to ensure that the next generation of agriculture specialists and scientists from Africa are innovative, understand rural realities and have the commitment to... Read More 0

ICT Enabling University Engagement with Smallholder Farmers

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:39
Many African countries especially those in sub-Sahara are endowed with abundant natural resources, ideal for the development of sustainable agriculture.  It is worth noting that nearly 80% of populations in sub-Sahara Africa depends on agriculture as the main source of livelihood of which, over 70% of these farmers are smallholder farmers. On top of abundant natural resources, African higher education sector is rapidly expanding providing platforms for creating new knowledge and technologies... Read More 0

Press Release: Announcing Recognition Award Winners 2017

Sun, 29/10/2017 - 08:28
During the just concluded RUFORUM 13th Annual General Meeting in Malawi this week, RUFORUM recognised individuals making a contribution in transforming their communities and institutions. A total of ten (10) awards were given during the official opening ceremony here in Lilongwe, Malawi. As a Network, RUFORUM periodically recognizes individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to development in the continent, and to their own countries, institutions, and society. We do this... Read More 0

RUFORUM recognizes outstanding Malawian Young Scientists and Farmers

Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:00
During the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, the RUFORUM Secretariat awarded outstanding scientists and farmers from Malawi for their exceptional work and contribution to agricultural development. Outstanding Lead Farmers in Malawi Five farmers from within Malawi were awarded for their outstanding work and leadership in farming in Malawi. These farmers were nominated by the local partners in Malawi and represented all regions of the country. One of the awardees, Ngabaghila... Read More 0