The first Cohort who had just graduated pose with their Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and their Lecturers in Gulu, Northern Uganda

Kampala 15, January 2020 The just concluded 15th Gulu University Graduation Ceremony which took place on 11th January 2020 in Gulu District, Northern Uganda was a special one to RUFORUM.  This was because 14 Students supported by MasterCard Foundation through the TAGDev project and the Nurturing grants at RUFORUM were conferred with degrees. The graduates who were from the Faculty of Agriculture were conferred Masters of Science degrees in Agri-business Enterprise Development and Food Security and Community Nutrition degrees. They excitement and sense of achievement coupled with immense gratitude were palpable as one of the graduates Lucy Achiro said

I thank RUFORUM and Mastercard Foundation for supporting my studies. Above all I thank my parents and the Almighty God for bringing me this far.

Since July 2016, RUFORUM, in partnership with MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year programme aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to development challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This eight year Project will support the training of 220 (110 undergraduate and 110 postgraduate) economically disadvantaged students from across Africa.  The Programme further provides opportunities for transformative action research using the RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme (CARP+) to enhance university-led community impact and the RUFORUM Agricultural Enterprises Challenge Program (RECAP), for developing a critical mass of young business leaders by providing a supporting environment.. The project is being implemented through Gulu University in Uganda and Egerton University in Kenya.  The very first cohort which was admitted in 2017 comprised a total of 30 students from eight countries; Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. See their profiles.


Associate Prof. Ongeng Duncan (C) poses for a photo with two of the graduates.


The MasterCard Foundation is a funder, a convener, and a catalyst for change. The Foundation believes that the change will be driven from within the continent and in particular at country level by the character, hard work, and ingenuity of the people on the continent. The Foundation has made significant investments in Uganda a total of approximately US$336.9 million directly and in part to Uganda through 24 projects running in Uganda. Through the support from Mastercard Foundation, RUFORUM has been able to Pilot new models of agricultural education and entrepreneurship training at two partner universities (Gulu and Egerton) and TVETs, scaling successful approaches across the RUFORUM member universities in Africa. In total US$27 million dollars has been invested in the eight year TAGDev project at RUFORUM with eight million dollars going directly into the programme in Uganda.

Your journey as transformational leaders influencing agricultural development, social and economic wellbeing of your families, communities, countries and Africa as a whole has began, we look forward to hearing from you of the respective successes and lessons, be the ambassadors you’ve been trained to be- Dr. Egeru Anthony Program Manager-Training and Community Development

We wish congratulate them all and wish them the very best. We also thank Mastercard Foundation for believing in the young generation in Africa.


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