Call for papers for 2021 Triennial Conference Scientific Sessions


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 128 universities in 38 African countries. It was established in 2004 to (i) foster integration of African universities into the national agricultural innovation systems (NAIS); (ii) provide a platform for training quality graduates to support development processes in Africa; (iii) rationalize resource use and enhance economies of scale and scope; and (iv) provide a platform for networking, resource mobilization and advocacy for agricultural higher education in Africa. RUFORUM envisions ‘vibrant, transformative universities to catalyze sustainable, inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa’. The Seventh Africa Higher Education Week and First RUFORUM Triennial Conference will be held 6th-10th December 2021 in Cotonou, Benin, under the theme “Operationalising Higher Education for Innovation, Industrialisation and Economic Development in Africa: A Call for Action. The five-day conference will bring together over 1000 participants such as policy makers including Ministers and Government Technical Experts, Higher Education Leaders in Africa, development partners, private sector, researchers, innovators, students, and farmer organisations, among others.  The Triennial Conference and related events will be co-hosted by the Government of Benin through the Ministry of Higher education and Scientific Research, University of Abomey-Calavi, the University of Parakou, National University of Agriculture and RUFORUM Network.

As part of strengthening dissemination of research outputs and lesson sharing, RUFORUM invites interested authors (Researchers and scientists from national, regional and international research institutes, Higher Education stakeholders and beneficiaries of RUFORUM supported projects, including postgraduates students and their supervisors and development practitioners) to submit Research Application Summaries (Papers) of each maximum 10 Pages following the RUFORUM Working Document Series Guidelines and format. Papers on other topical issues, including development practice, will also be considered. The deadline for submission is 31st August 2021. Papers should be submitted through All submissions will be scanned for originality through the anti-plagiarism software, peer reviewed and published as open access resource materials with a serialized RUFORUM Working Document Series (ISSN: 1993-8462) which will be made available to various stakeholders through the RUFORUM Institutional Repository (

The RUFORUM Working Document Series is published in French and English. Therefore, authors are requested to submit papers in either English or French. For inquiries about your submission, please contact us through The papers will be published in a series of issues with the first anticipated publication date for accepted papers being 31st March 2021.







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