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Research and Policy Alliance Advancing Sustainable Food Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 →


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

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 

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

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

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 →

[RUFORUM-GTA]Letter of Study Completion-PhD Environmental Health, University of Eldoret, Kenya

Thu, 12/01/2023 - 11:55
January 10, 2023 Salia S. Sheriff RUFORUM GTA GraduateUniversity of EldoretEldoret, Kenya Prof. Moses M. Zinnah. PhD Vice PresidentAcademics AffairsUniversity of Liberia Dear Prof. Zinnah, Ref: Letter of Study Completion-PhD Environmental Health, University of Eldoret Kindly accept my warmest greetings and a Happy New Year to you and the entire University of Liberia family. That... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] Venues for RUFORUM Annual General Meetings Agreed upon and 14 New Member Universities admitted

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 00:42
RUFORUM today held its Annual General Business Meeting at the Harare International Conference Centre, Zimbabwe. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) brings together leaders of RUFORUM Member Universities, Governance organs and other actors from especially Agriculture and Education, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors from within and outside Africa. The weeklong event, held 12-16 December 2022 was... Continue Reading →

Appreciation for Career Advancement support and for the assignment on profiling ST&I Status in Malawi

Sat, 31/12/2022 - 22:07
Dear Prof Adipala, Let me begin by appreciating the opportunity given to me to profile ST&I status in Malawi. I did not take the opportunity for granted. I really appreciate from the bottom of my heart. I do not have the right words to express my gratitude to you Prof because of the significant role... Continue Reading →

An Appreciation Testimony by Prof. Johnny Mugisha, Makerere University – Uganda

Sat, 31/12/2022 - 17:45
First, I want to congratulate you upon successfully steering RUFORUM right from the time it evolved from FORUM in 2004. You have had sleepless nights, you have sacrificed yourself for the sake of African Universities; the academic staff and the students. Your selflessness beats every record. Your effort of inclusiveness is written on every wall. I am... Continue Reading →

The RUFORUM 18th Annual General Meeting: Theme: “ Strengthening Africa’s Agri-food Systems in the Post COVID-19 Era – Opportunities and Challenges” Venue: Harare International Conference Centre, Zimbabwe || Date: 12th -16th December 2022 – Highlights

Fri, 23/12/2022 - 14:50
Several Pre-AGM Events: August to November 2022 Main AGM Events: December 2022 Please to read AGM highlights in details click here