Kampala 20 May 2019 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (AGRINATURA). The signing of the MoU took place during the AGRINATURA Annual General Meeting held at the Agro- Biotech Centre at Gembloux, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, University of Liege, Belgium which took place 15th- 16th May 2019.  Present at the signing were AGRINATURA Member university representatives. The MoU was signed by the President, Prof Carolyn Glynn and the Vice President Prof Tim Chancellor on behalf of AGRINATURA. RUFORUM was represented by Dr Florence Nakayiwa the RUFORUM Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Planning, Resource Mobilisation and Management.

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Prof Carolyn Glynn (C) President Agrinatura, Prof Tim Chancellor  (L) Vice President Agrinatura and Dr Florence Nakayiwa (R) Deputy Executive Secretary, RUFORUM at the Agro Tech bio centre in Gembloux Belgium during the 2019 AGRINATURA AGM

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Professor Glynn noted that AGRINATURA was proud to be associated with RUFORUM. The partnership with RUFOURM is one that brings value to AGRINATURA for meaningful development to both Africa and Europe. AGRINATURA seeks to nurture scientific excellence through joint research, educational and training programmes and projects and advocates for greater support for agricultural research and educational programmes that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and there is no better partner than RUFORUM.

Collectively, the MoU will enhance collaboration between the 118 RUFORUM Member Universities in Africa and Universities in Europe. AGRINATURA is a grouping of 38 European universities and research organizations with a common interest in supporting agricultural development in a sustainable manner in order to improve people’s lives. The partnership builds on the shared strength of Universities in Africa and Europe. The two networks recognise that agricultural research and education will underpin the innovations needed to increase production and productivity to feed the rapidly expanding populations, protect the natural resource base for future generations, and catalyse wider economic growth, poverty reduction and food security.

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