The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) supports universities to address the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well‐being of small‐scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the sub‐ Saharan Africa region. The consortium has several unique features for building Africa’s innovation capacity and for engaging universities in development process and practice.
For the Secretariat to support the member universities, we have developed a Vision Strategy – ‘RUFORUM Vision 2030: The African Universities’ Agenda for Agricultural Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (AHESTI)’. The strategy, which aims for ‘vibrant, transformative universities to catalyse sustainable, inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa’, emerged from a broadly informed, systematically conducted 12-month consultation process, and the imagination and commitment on the part of hundreds of people involved.
In order to effectively deliver this Vision, we have reorganised the Secretariat acitivities into Flagship Programmes:
- Flagship 1: TAGDev – Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development.
- Flagship 2: RANCH – Regional Anchor Universities for Agricultural Higher Education
- Flagship 3: CREATE – Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence
- Flagship 4: K-Hub – Knowledge Hub for Networking, Partnerships and Advocacy