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Rwanda takes long view to invest in African science

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 16:28
By Papias Musafiri Speed read Rwanda is developing science capacity to cut poverty and promote growth It is focusing on knowledge creation, acquisition and transfer Nation plans to showcase progress as host of 2018 Next Einstein Forum The Africa-wide Next Einstein Forum is just one way to build capacity for development, says minister Papias Musafiri. […] 0

Discovering camels: The agricultural gold of the drylands

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 17:05
By Salamula Jenipher Biira The first time I travelled to Karamoja Region, over 400 km North East of Uganda’s capital city, the journey was a long and tiring one. However, the distance and fatigue did not compare to the level of excitement I felt at the thought of getting up-close with the “giants of the […] 0

Gulu University sets up Farmer Call Centre

Tue, 22/03/2016 - 16:56
By Lawrence Okidi Access to real time information has been one of the pressing needs identified by farmers in the Northern Uganda district of Gulu. To fill this gap, Gulu University, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with Insead Business Campus (Singapore) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity […] 0

Apply Now: The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency

Mon, 21/03/2016 - 16:56
Competition Opens: March 1, 2016  •  Final Deadline to Submit: May 2, 2016 Successful applicants from this competition will be offered residencies between February and August 2017. The Center’s residency program offers a superb opportunity for focused work in a serene environment that brings highly diverse cohorts of artists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers together for […] 0

Brooding to prosperity: Master of Agrienterprise Development students at Egerton University reap big from poultry

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 12:00
By Jane Nyambura and Kenneth Chepkwony Limited skills, innovativeness and entrepreneurial capacity among graduates is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions in Africa. Egerton University is taking bold and innovative steps in higher agricultural training and education to tackle this challenge and has developed a Master of Science in Agrienterprise Development. The programme […] 0

Indigenous legume project at University of Namibia excites farmers and extension staff

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 10:54
By Absalom Kahumba, Maria Shipandeni and Emmanuel Lutaaya The Department of Animal Science at University of Namibia (UNAM) hosted a group of 20 farmers from Omaheke and Khomas regions in Namibia and extension personnel from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) during the 2015 observance of Farmers’ Day. The event, which took […] 0

Reaping from a transformative postgraduate education: The case of Master of Agrienterprise Development at Egerton University

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 08:37
By Dickson Okello and Dickson Otieno Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa are under mounting pressure to offer relevant and transformative education that will support economic growth and impact the lives of local communities. As a change leader, Egerton University undertook a strategic intervention by developing an innovative postgraduate degree programme -Master of Science in Agrienterprise Development. […] 0

ARPPIS­‐DAAD PhD scholarships for study at icipe, Kenya

Fri, 04/03/2016 - 16:32
Deadline: 22 March, 2016 3­–year doctoral training in insect sciences for development The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS). icipe […] 0

Call for Applications: TRECCAfrica II now open!

Thu, 25/02/2016 - 18:04
PhD Mobility | Masters Full-Degree | Masters Mobility Applications open: 11 February 2016 | Close: 26 March 2016 Apply: ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP TRECCAfrica addresses one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges: food security in the face of climate change, resource depletion and loss of forests, wildlife and environmental services. Applications from African citizens (including […] 0

Engaging smallholder farmers in cassava value addition in Northern Uganda through community engagement approach

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 14:27
By Sam Elolu[1] Cassava is a key staple in Uganda and is increasingly gaining popularity as an income generating crop. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture has engaged university-based research teams to generate innovations and solutions to constraints along the cassava value chain. This storyline features one of the graduate students working […] 0

Innovation Competition: Transforming Lives by supporting Financial Innovation

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 14:05
The 2016 Innovation Competition is currently open. As in 2015, this competition requires proposals that seek to design, pilot, test and launch new financial products and services that can effectively meet the financing needs of people living in poverty in rural and agricultural areas. To see the results of the 2015 Innovation Competition, kindly click […] 0

Early career scientists consider applying to participate in April 2016 ISPC science forum

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 10:58
The ISPC Science Forum 2016 will be held from 12-14 April 2016 in Addis Ababa addressing the topic of: “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: rethinking the pathways”. Motivated early career scientists interested in receiving ISPC support to participate in the Forum in Addis Ababa can apply here: There is no age limit to ECS, […] 0

Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 10:17
Deadline: Wednesday, 25 May 2016 (Central African Time) Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy: a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they […] 0

Working with the communities to address child malnutrition: experience of a young researcher

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:00
One year after completing my undergraduate studies at Gulu University in 2013, I enrolled for a Master’s in Food Security and Community Nutrition at the same university with a scholarship from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) through their Graduate Research Grants (GRG). The unique design of the masters’ programme that […] 0

From community psychologist to agricultural change agent: Margaret Gumisiriza’s story

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:15
Studying community psychology nurtured my innate dream to become a change agent in the community. By the time I completed my undergraduate degree in 2009, this dream was strongly ingrained in my aspirations. My resolve to make an impact on peoples’ livelihoods was strengthened when I worked with farmers in Masaka and Ngora districts in […] 0

Job Opportunities at RUFORUM

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:51
RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture), a network of 55 African Universities (Visit for more details), has the following job opportunities for qualified candidates at its Secretariat based at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; RUF/JOB/18/16: Manager, Partnership and Business Administration RUF/JOB/19/16: Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Details of the above job positions […] 0

Vacancy Announcement: Positions for teaching staff at LUANAR

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 16:24
Closing date for receiving applications is Friday 15th April 2016 Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) was established by an Act of Parliament No. 22 of 2011, by delinking Bunda College of Agriculture from The University of Malawi. Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to fill the following academic position tenable at […] 0

Short courses available from ICRA: Boosting competencies in higher education

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:35
APPLY NOW for an interesting short course on:  Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development – Boosting competencies in higher education, for lecturers and researchers working in tertiary agricultural education.  This course offers tools for designing and delivering interactive learning programmes by integrating education, action-research and community outreach. More information is available on our […] 0

Announcement: GCHERA World Agriculture Prize 2016

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:20
A 50.000 USD award for excellence in leadership in agricultural and life science universities Call for nominations – Deadline 25 April, 2016 The GCHERA World Agriculture Prize aims to encourage the global development of the mission of  higher education  institutions  in  education,  research  and  innovation  in  the  agricultural  and  life  sciences by recognizing the distinguished […] 0

Call for Short-Term Academic Staff: Pan African University Institute

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 08:31
The Pan African University (PAU) Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) is located on the campus of the University of Tlemcen, Algeria. This beautiful Mediterranean city befittingly derives its name from the Berber word for “water springs.” PAUWES is one of the five hubs of the Pan African University established under […] 0