About TAFSA Program
Intra-Africa Mobility to Train Agribusiness and Food System Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) is funded by the European Union (EU). The program is run by 5 African Universities namely, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique); Gulu University (Uganda); Makerere University (Uganda); University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), and University of Pretoria (South Africa). The goal of TAFSA project is to enhance synergetic cooperation amongst selected Agricultural Universities in Africa. Specifically, the project aims at supporting these African universities with research and training of skilful and competent professionals to contribute to the improvement of food systems, and agribusiness to respond to challenges associated with food insecurity and malnutrition, poverty and unemployment.
Through students training and staff mobility, TAFSA project is expected to contribute to:
a) Improving the skills and competencies of students to increase their employability;
b) Improving the quality of higher education in Africa and its relevance to Africa’s development vision; and
c) Strengthening partnerships and research collaboration amongst African higher education institutions and research collaboration.
Through this project, a total of 40 fellowships are available for training (29 Masters and 11 PhD students). Of these, 13 (10 MSc, 3 PhD) are short-term credit seeking mobilities, while 27 (19 MSc, and 8 PhDs) are degree seeking mobility in the areas of agribusiness, consumer science, food security, nutrition, agricultural economics and agricultural policy. In the first round of calls in 2021, 8 fellows (4MSc and 5 PhD) have been selected and awarded scholarships. For this second cohort, the project aims at selecting 32 fellows (25MSc and 7 PhD) as detailed in the program summary table below in the attachment