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[PBL-BioAfrica] Learning by doing: The magnificent experience at the 18th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting

Latest Updates - 4 hours 10 min ago
Florence Chambabulele, final year student of Agribusiness Management at Mulungushi University As an agribusiness student, I experienced a life-changing learning event as problem-based learning advocate. My visit to the RUFORUM meeting was part of the HAMK coordinated PBL-BioAfrica project that strengthens Kenya’s and Zambia’s higher education by promoting problem-based learning (PBL) and providing real-life based learning experiences to... Continue Reading →

CoSTClim – NORPART CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR MASTERS STUDENT MOBILITY TO NORWAY 2023

Latest Updates - 5 hours 20 min ago
Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in Climate Risk and Natural Resource management (CoSTClim) Makerere University (MAK) in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and Regional Universities Forum (for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are implementing a five year CoSTClim project (Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in... Continue Reading →

Vertical Farming Comes to the Aid of Refugee Families

Latest Updates - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 09:54
Monique Mededode Sognigbe and colleagues set out to teach the community about sustainable farming at the Imvepi refugee settlement in the newly established Terego District in the West Nile region of Uganda’s Northern Region. This was accomplished through the use of vertical farming. Vertical Farming in Refugee Settings (VEFIRS) – A Tool for Fostering Intergroup... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM Quarterly report from October – December 2022

Latest Updates - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 19:37
This report provides a summary of achievements during the period 1st October to 31st December 2022. The main activity during this period, was the successful convening of the 18th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting from 12-16th December 2022. The meeting was hosted by RUFORUM Member Universities in Zimbabwe and the Government of Zimbabwe with conference activities... Continue Reading →

Turning Organic Mangoes into Marmalade

Latest Updates - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 11:43
Rose Moyoo set out to make mango consumption more nutritious and tastier with her organic Mango Marmalade jam. She started this initiative as part of Gulu University’s student Agribusiness incubation system, which was funded by the TAGDev Program. “As scholars, they were tasked with developing an idea in the agricultural value chain.” Mooyo thinks back.... Continue Reading →

Research and Policy Alliance Advancing Sustainable Food Systems

Latest Updates - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 14:39
John Mugonya, an agribusiness professional, had no idea that an orientation class at Egerton University in 2017 would have such an impact on his professional career five years later. TAGDev Organised student Orientation Weeks are critical in preparing students for life-changing events. Mugonya attended this orientation as part of his studies for a Master of... Continue Reading →

Strengthening Capacities of Young Farmers Organizations in ‘Capacity Development’ Blended Learning Programme

Latest Updates - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 11:01
Introduction Strengthening Capacities of Young Farmers Organizations in ‘Capacity Development’ is a blended interactive programme designed by FAO in collaboration with ITOCA and focuses on designing effective capacity development programmes at country level. The programme introduce participants to capacity development, allowing them to practice approaches, methods, and tools to develop effective capacity development programmes and... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Reaping the Benefits of the untapped Fashion Market

Latest Updates - Wed, 01/02/2023 - 10:36
“What we wear tells the story of who we are or whom we want to be.” According to Google Arts and Culture, fashion is the second most important global economic activity in terms of trade intensity, employing over 57 million people in developing countries, with women accounting for 80 percent of the workforce. “RK Beauty... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] A Sweet, Rich, and Alluring Tale of a Vanilla Farmer in Central Uganda

Latest Updates - Tue, 31/01/2023 - 09:44
Mounting up to 15m in length, with thick stems and greenish-to-yellow flowers, the orchard plant climbs and clings to host trees, displaying its long and thin pods of vanilla fruits. Blossoming in the warm climate, vanilla is one of the most important, high-value cash crops in central and western Uganda. This profitable crop is harvested... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Affordably Priced, Delectably Creamy Corn and Fruit Venture

Latest Updates - Mon, 30/01/2023 - 10:09
As you walk from the city to Gulu University, you will notice a simple but well-curated sanctuary where you can seek refuge from the scorching sun that rises early in the morning. This is Kobusinge Racheal’s “Scoop and Chill” business. Kobusinge, an Agri-preneur, former Gulu University student, and TAGDev program alumnus, turns raw milk into... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Carefully Crafted Rich and Delicious Nutty Peanut Butter

Latest Updates - Fri, 27/01/2023 - 15:05
Joshua Ayiri Bayahkebe, a Nigerian Agri-entrepreneur known as “Oga” by the people of Gulu City, is working to improve the quality of peanut butter consumed in Northern Uganda. Working with farming communities and youth, Ayiri is producing “Gulu Peanut Butter,” a rich and delicious groundnut paste that complements meal times at family tables in surrounding... Continue Reading →

Complex Systems Summer School

Latest Updates - Fri, 27/01/2023 - 10:58
Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) offers an intensive four-week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems. CSSS brings together graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals to transcend disciplinary boundaries, take intellectual risks, and ask big questions about complex systems. The residential program comprises a series of lectures and workshops devoted to... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Changing the Narrative of African Youth: Stories of Change, Resilience and Transformation

Latest Updates - Thu, 26/01/2023 - 18:18
Africa’s rapid population expansion is set to continue, with its inhabitants doubling from 1.2 billion to 2.4 billion between 2015 and 2050, and eventually reaching 4.2 billion by 2100 with projections by UNICEF indicating that the future of humanity is increasingly African. More than half the projected 2.2 billion rise in the world population in... Continue Reading →

Calls for Papers: African Journal of Rural Development

Latest Updates - Wed, 25/01/2023 - 19:23
Sharing Lessons and Experiences on Harnessing Digital Technologies to Facilitate Learning, Research and Outreach The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) has dedicated a Supplementary Issue to the contemporary theme of digital technologies and specifically aspects on ”Sharing Lessons and Experiences on Harnessing Digital Technologies to Facilitate Learning, Research and Outreach”. More than ever before,... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Combating Climate Change with Earthy Shea Butter Production

Latest Updates - Wed, 25/01/2023 - 09:37
Shea butter, a creamy, semisolid fat derived from the seeds of African shea trees, contains a variety of vitamins (including vitamins E and A) and skin-healing compounds. Shea butter is a moisturizer for the skin as well as an oil in foods like chocolate. Its significance inspired Achieng Sarah to begin commercially producing Shea Butter.... Continue Reading →

CONNECTING AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES TO FARMING COMMUNITIES

Latest Updates - Tue, 24/01/2023 - 10:00
Riding under the scorching sun on a bumpy road in Pader district, Okelokoko Nobert ponders on his life journey from staying in an internally displaced person camp to pursuing a Master’s degree at Gulu University. He currently works as an Agricultural Extension Officer in the department of production and marketing in Pader Local Government in... Continue Reading →

Ugandan student develops mosquito repellant from sour milk

Latest Updates - Mon, 23/01/2023 - 10:41
By her own admission, 20-year-old Jovia Kisaakye, a Makerere University business statistics student, has been a restless soul since. When she was 17 she began looking for solutions to a problem that had led to tragedy in her family. Growing up in the Ugandan town of Lukaya, Kisaakye’s family depended on livestock farming for their... Continue Reading →

Training Opportunities for MSc and PhD 

Latest Updates - Fri, 20/01/2023 - 12:54
Centre for Oilfield Chemicals Research call for applications  The Africa Center of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Research (ACE-CEFOR) is one of 22 World Bank-funded Centers of Excellence established in 2013, to promote home grown and regional research networks that will help to develop the human capital in Africa.ACE-CEFOR aims to develop the Nigerian Oil and... Continue Reading →

African varsities engage on agro-food systems

Latest Updates - Mon, 16/01/2023 - 15:40
A grouping of major African universities, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is set to engage governments on strengthening Africa’s agri-food systems in the Post Covid-19 era at their 18th annual meeting set for today. Established in 2004, RUFORUM brings together 147 universities from all African regions: Eastern, Central, Northern, Western... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] Appointment of New Staff at RUFORUM Secretariat

Latest Updates - Thu, 12/01/2023 - 19:34
Kampala 12, January, 2023 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a consortium of 163 Universities in 40 Countries in Africa is aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030. RUFORUM has been recruiting new staff as one of the strategies recommended to achieve its Vision 2030 Strategy. We are pleased to present... Continue Reading →

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