Welcome to RUFORUM

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), which is located at  Makerere University, is a consortium of 32 universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and was established in 2004.  From 1992 until 2004, RUFORUM operated as a program of the Rockefeller Foundation.  RUFORUM’s mandate is to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries.   Because RUFORUM recognizes the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well being of small-scale farmers and economic development throughout sub-Saharan Africa, our mandate is to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the countries and universities where it works.  We strongly believe in fostering innovative and responsive research; high performing and proactive graduates; a dynamic platform for university networking; advocacy for agricultural higher education; and university transformation for relevance.
 The goal of this website is to satisfy the needs of network members and visitors who are interested in African postgraduate training and research in the agricultural sciences.  You will therefore find the following on the RUFORUM website:

  • RUFORUM institutional repository, which includes RUFORUM research, e-learning and OER courses, and other relevant information about our activities
  • Directory of organizations relevant to African agriculture
  • Other information pertinent to African agricultural training and research

We aim for the RUFORUM website to become an essential tool for anyone interested in agricultural research and training in Africa.

The RUFORUM 2014 Biennial
The 2014 RUFORUM Biennial Conference, which will be held in Maputo, 21-25 July and is hosted by Eduardo Mondlane University, is the fourth in the series.  Its main objective is to provide a platform for agricultural research to development stakeholders in Africa and elsewhere.  The biennial aims to allow participants to exchange findings, experience, and lessons learned in order to improve the performance of the continent’s agriculture sector and impact on people’s livelihoods.  It is especially dedicated to the network’s postgraduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM’s member universities, and members of the RUFORUM alumni family.  It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking, and shared learning.
This year’s biennial coincides with RUFORUM’s tenth anniversary and the African Union Commission decision to celebrate 2014 as a year of agriculture and food security in Africa and to mark the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  Thus, the 2014 Biennial will provide African universities, research systems, development practitioners, andothers to reflect on progress over the last decade and strategies on options to accelerate agricultural progress on the continent.  RUFORUM anticipates over 300 participants from within and outside Africa.  The 2014 Biennial will link stakeholders in agriculture to new products and trends, with a particular focus on strengthening partnerships for higher education in agriculture.  Biennial participants will have an opportunity to showcase their contributions to agricultural development in Africa.  Young researchers will be exposed to innovative agricultural research and will have an opportunity to strengthen their communication skills through participation in special workshops, poster sessions, and participation in panel sessions.