RUFORUM Board Chair Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the RUFORUM Board Chair

Professor. Mabel Opanda Imbuga 
 RUFORUM Board Chair  and Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture  and Technology

It gives us great pleasure as the Organising Committee, to invite you to the FIFTH RUFORUM BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2016 also known as the ‘African Higher Education Week’ to take place 17 – 21 October 2016 at the Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa under the Theme ‘Linking Agricultural Universities with Civil Society, the Private Sector, Governments and other Stakeholders in support of Agricultural Development in Africa" 

The main objective of the conference is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods.

The meeting will attract over 550 participants from more than 25 countries representing a consortium of 60 African Universities. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning.  The 2016 Biennial Conference will purposely link stakeholders in agriculture to new products and trends. Of great significance is that the conference will expose young researchers to a professional gathering and will provide avenues for strengthening communication and publications while keeping them aware of current trends on the African continent. It will provide opportunities to seasoned scientists to mentor and guide the younger scientists through discussions and deliberations. It will also be an opportunity to create linkages between the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture.

Cape Town is an exciting, highly diverse and overall beautiful city near the southernmost tip of Africa.

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