RUFORUM Launches crowd funding campaign to raise scholarship funds for African students

Photo credit: Compass Magazine, William J. Holstein
Photo credit: Compass Magazine, William J. Holstein

The Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) today launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to train African graduate students within Africa to transform African agriculture.

Under the theme “Sponsor a student, Sustain Africa’s agriculture” the campaign seeks to spread far and wide, RUFORUM’s cause of training a critical mass of innovative graduates to champion agricultural transformation in the continent. Through the campaign RUFORUM will scale up its effort over the last 10 years that has helped to train over 1,200 MSc and 212 PhD students, of whom 42% are females, through its innovative post-graduate training programmes. Moreover, RUFORUM supports research linked to addressing the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusiness, with a focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable systems which has generated over 300 agricultural technologies, reaching over one million small holder farmers across Africa.

It is estimated that over USD 5,000,000 will be raised to train at least 150 MSc graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds across the continent by 2020 to champion agricultural development and contributing to Building Africa We Want, as part of Agenda 2063. Consideration will be given to bridge the gender gap in agricultural training and research. The students will generate agricultural technologies that address the agricultural challenges in small holder transformation and through partnership and networking in the RUFORUM platform, these will be scaled out through the entire continent.

The campaign will be run through RUFORUM’s web platforms and social media (facebook, twitter, website, and blog) as well as specialized fund raising events.

RUFORUM accordingly invites the general public to contribute generously to this noble cause to raise funds for training a critical mass of African graduates with strong commitment to developing innovations that reduce poverty and make Africa food secure.  Click here to download full Press release

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