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Intra-ACP Mobility scholarship and RUFORUM award reshaped my career

Tue, 06/09/2016 - 17:25
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft touched down at Kamuzu International Airport at about 12.30 pm on the 13th of June 2014. The plane’s door opened and I walked out to step on Malawi soil for the first time in my life. I had just arrived from my home country, Kenya, to pursue a master’s degree in […] 0

Uganda: Cassava Disease Threatens Food Security

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:35
By Bill Oketch KOLE/APAC- Researchers have warned of a serious threat posed by cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), saying it could cause food insecurity in Lango. The worst hit areas are Chegere Sub-county in Apac District and Bala Sub-county in Kole District, where nearly 100 per cent of residents are farmers. Many famers interviewed by […] 0

Call for applications for admission into postgraduate programmes for the 2016/2017 – Bunda Campus

Fri, 26/08/2016 - 10:54
The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for admission into its Bunda-Campus postgraduate programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year commencing on 10th October, 2016. Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish) World Bank (WB) has embarked on a project which is called Africa […] 0

Vacancy: Project Manager Research Management

Fri, 26/08/2016 - 08:55
Deadline by 17:00 on Friday, 26 August 2016. SARIMA is an association of Research and Innovation Managers that operates at an institutional, national and international level, as well as across the value chain. The purpose of the association is to promote research and innovation management for the benefit of southern Africa. Research Management (RM) is […] 0

Forum for African Women Vice Chancellors Launched – Empowering African women leaders for economic development

Fri, 26/08/2016 - 08:00
The first Forum for African Women Vice Chancellors, FAWoVC was launched yesterday (24 August 2016) during the women leadership meeting on Higher Education for economic empowerment. This event took place during the side event for the upcoming sixth edition of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) happening this week in Nairobi, Kenya. Addressing […] 0

Apply Now: African Leadership Academy 2017 for Young Leaders across Africa

Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:45
African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, they are looking for young people with potential to lead and impact the world around the, through their courage, initiative and […] 0

Promoting Gender Inclusivity in Agricultural Sector through Collaborations

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 11:00
Posted on August 24, 2016 by Corporate Communications Office As documented over the years, gender disparity in Africa is one of the hindrance of achieving sustainable economic growth, reduction of poverty thus curtailing widespread prosperity for everyone in the continent. According to a report done by UN Women, the Joint UNDP-UNEP Environment Initiative and the […] 0

Women Vice Chancellors in New Growth Agenda for Africa

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 09:48
Posted on August 23, 2016 by Corporate Communications Office   Over 20 female vice chancellors of African Universities Tuesday August 23, convened in Nairobi to discuss how African women in academia can effectively contribute to the continent’s development agenda. The meeting which was convened by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was addressed by […] 0

The Young African Entrepreneurs competition call closes with 756 Submissions

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 11:19
RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development, business incubation and believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration into the economic growth for youth employment. As part of efforts to promote and showcase youth innovations in enterprise development and business incubation, RUFORUM organised the […] 0

Mac Maharaj on Mandela and South Africa

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 18:02
When we look back on the life and times of Mandela several attributes stand out. He was a man of action. By Mac Maharaj Nelson Rohlihlala Mandela, endearingly known among us as Madiba, once wrote that “Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind, not […] 0

Meet Rose Nangonzi: Producing virus free planting materials for cassava farmers

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 13:32
Ms. Rose Nangonzi born on 11th, November, 1992, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Makerere University. She previously worked as a team leader (Research and Innovations) with BioCrops (U) Limited on tissue culture of cassava and banana germplasm.  She also received training on virus identification and indexing for sustainable production of sweet […] 0

RUFORUM partners with AWARD to Strengthen Leadership skills for Research Scientists and University staff in Africa

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 16:02
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture  (RUFORUM) in partnership with the African Women in Agriculture and Research Development (AWARD) aims at strengthening improved gender practices within the RUFORUM Network and jointly organizing leadership and management training courses. A gender awareness leadership and management training conducted annually is one of the activities under […] 0

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2016/2017 Call for Applications (new guidelines)

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 16:05
Background The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities.  The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development by providing a centre for […] 0

First Announcement: African Crop Science Society Conference

Mon, 01/08/2016 - 10:47
The African Crop Science Society (ACSS) General Assembly decided that the next conference will be held in South Africa. The South African Organizing Committee (LOC) announces the following important information: Date of Conference: 15 – 18 January 2018 Venue: University Stellenbosch -30 km from the International Airport of Cape Town Registration Fee: $300 and late […] 0

The MasterCard Foundation and RUFORUM Invest in Innovative Agricultural Training in Africa

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:27
The MasterCard Foundation and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will collaborate to test new models of agricultural education in Africa.  The eight year commitment of US$ 27.1 Million from MasterCard will focus on smallholder farmers, connecting university education to the needs of rural communities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth […] 0

International Conference on Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Production and Marketing Systems through Science, Technology and Innovation

Sat, 23/07/2016 - 07:00
Dates: November 29-December 02, 2016. PREAMBLE Agriculture remains a key pillar in economies of many Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries. Despite many efforts to improve agricultural productivity and food security systems, several SSA countries continue to grapple with the twin challenges of poverty and food/nutrition insecurity. Majority of rural population live below the poverty line and […] 0

African universities need bankable ideas

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 12:35
African universities face huge, intersecting challenges. As a result, they are struggling to adapt. Firstly, enrolments are rising without universities increasing their capacities to deliver quality education aligned to the continent’s needs. Secondly, raising revenue through fees clearly isn’t the answer to funding shortfalls: the policy of co-financing education through tuition fees has failed to […] 0

Strengthening University-Private Sector Partnerships in Agriculture – The Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 13:15
Over 600 delegates, including 300 graduate students, 60 university Vice-Chancellors, policy makers, development partners and several delegates from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and America will convene at the Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week during the week of 17-21 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Key Speakers confirmed for this […] 0

Linking research to inclusive development for food security: Facing rural innovation challenges

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 11:05
An ICRA course for professionals involved in facilitating and coaching rural innovation Wageningen, the Netherlands 14 Nov – 2 Dec 20 16 (3 weeks) Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations need up to date information on how to most effectively improve […] 0

Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development: Boosting competencies in higher education

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 08:15
An ICRA course for professionals involved in tertiary agricultural education Wageningen, the Netherlands 10–28 October 2016 (3 weeks) Professionals in tertiary agricultural education are expected to prepare competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural […] 0