Kampala 7th October 2020 The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoST&I) of the Government of the Republic of Uganda has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in Kampala.

The objective of the Memorandum of Understanding is to enhance the deployment of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for poverty reduction, rural livelihood improvement, entrepreneurship and job creation, and national development in Uganda through a partnership between RUFORUM and MoSTI. 

Mr. David O.O. Obong (L) the Permanent Secretary at MoSTI and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu of RUFORUM after signing the MOU

As a continuously growing network of 129 Universities in 38 countries in Africa, RUFORUM recognises the fact that Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) plays a critical role in poverty reduction, food and nutrition security and wider economic transformation at national and continental level. Therefore, institutions engaged in research and development for which universities are a great part, should be mobilized and organized to engage more in contributing to national and continental science, technology and innovation.

The signing of the MOU is an acknowledgement that Public-private partnerships are important for achieving impact at scale and reducing duplication of effort at national and regional level. A multi-sectorial and multi actor approach towards integration and building a robust national science, technology and innovation enterprise is necessary.

There must be a strong link between education, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and with the Industry.  To build STI, we must strengthen the basic Sciences- Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM

A conducive national STI ecosystem and policy environment are important for proliferation of ST&I and its deployment for food security, poverty reduction, livelihood improvement and national development.

Today marks the beginning of a partnership and collaboration between MoSTI and RUFORUM to jointly mobilise resources from various sources to fund deployment of ST&I in attainment of food and nutrition security, livelihood improvement, entrepreneurship and job creation, and national economic development as aspired by the Government of Uganda Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan.

For Uganda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Science, Technology and Innovation must be at the centre. At MoSTI, we use a holistic approach including partnerships of this nature– Mr. David O.O. Obong, Permanent Secretary, MOST&I

(L-R) Mr. Makara, Ms. Nyakaisiki, Mr. Obong from MoSTI and Prof. Adipala, Dr. Nakayiwa and Dr. Otto from RUFORUM

Through its initiative of Building Africa’s Science and Technology Capacity for Economic Growth (BASTIC), RUFORUM recognises that increasing the use of science technology for innovation will require high level skills to drive institutional transformation and agricultural led growth. RUFORUM continues to contribute to this vision by supporting Universities to build effective human capital to engage in research, policy, service provision, and the private sector, as well as translate knowledge into innovations for sustained economic growth and food security. The sighing of this MOU marks the start of engagements with Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation in the 38 countries of RUFORUM’s operations in Africa.

Note to Editors

About RUFORUM:

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), is a consortium of 129 African universities operating in 38 countries on the continent with a mission to ‘strengthen the capacities of Universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder farmers through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions’. RUFORUM was established by Vice Chancellors in 2004 with a Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2014 RUFORUM signed a MoU with the African Union Commission to support implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) Priority One on reducing poverty and ensuring food and nutrition security. RUFORUM has supported the training of 1958 MSc and 536 PhD graduates, of whom 98% work in their countries or region, the generation of over 300 agricultural technologies and mobilized over US$214.9 million for strengthening postgraduate education in Africa. Please visit www.ruforum.org for more information.

About Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Uganda

The Government of Uganda established a Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) on recognizing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are the drivers of socio-economic growth and transformation the world over. Science, Technology and Innovation development is an important determinant of progress and transition from pre-industrial to knowledge-based societies. Therefore, the extent to which a country has harnessed STI has a direct bearing on its level of development.

The Ministry is primarily responsible for creating an enabling policy environment for STI and national development as articulated in the National Science, Technology and Innovation (2009) Policy, the National Development Plan [NDP II: 2016/17 – 2019/20] and the Vision 2040. Please visit https://mosti.go.ug

For additional information, photos and interviews, contact the Corporate Communications, and Advocacy Specialist below.

Contacts:

Name: Maureen AgenaCorporate Communications, & Advocacy SpecialistEmail: communications@ruforum.org
m.agena@ruforum.org


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