Kampala 23 November 2020 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), headquartered in Rome, on 24th October 2020, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) for another three (3) years. FAO Deputy Director General, Elizabeth A. Bechdol, signed the partnership renewal letter on behalf of FAO, while RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (LUANAR), Professor George Kanyama Phiri, signed on behalf of RUFORUM.

The overall objective of the 2020-2023 FAO-RUFORUM partnership is, to strengthen the capacities of RUFORUM member universities to better contribute to the improvement of food security, nutrition, increasing sustainability, inclusiveness and resilience of agricultural and food systems, adapting to the climate change for the member states towards the achievement of the SDGs, FAO’s Country Program Frameworks, Regional Initiatives, Strategic Programs through better access and exchange of knowledge and expertise in the technical, scientific and academic fields.

The renewed MoU comes at the backdrop of the 2017-2020 partnership that focused on knowledge exchange and sharing of expertise; development of institutional capacities and technical competencies of RUFORUM member universities; engagement of academic and research community in evidence-based policy processes especially at the regional level; advocacy and raising awareness among African youth. 

Among the engagements under the outgoing MoU, was i) Community-based field placements for graduate students; ii) Assessing food security and nutrition institutional and legal frameworks for Eastern African Countries, that explored how Members of Parliament would  legislate and formulate policies to promote the sustainable food and nutrition potential in the region; and,  iii) Capacity Development of Young Family Farmers and Graduate Students on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers in Eastern and Southern 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 FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

Please visit http://www.fao.org/home/en/ for more information

For additional information, photos and interviews, contact the following;

Contacts:

Name:
Dr.Florence Nakayiwa  
Dr. Justin Chesang
Email:
f.nakayiwa@ruforum.org  
Justin.Chisenga@fao.org  


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