African varsities engage on agro-food systems

A grouping of major African universities, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is set to engage governments on strengthening Africa’s agri-food systems in the Post Covid-19 era at their 18th annual meeting set for today.

Established in 2004, RUFORUM brings together 147 universities from all African regions: Eastern, Central, Northern, Western and Southern Africa. 

The organisation evolved from the Forum on Agricultural Resource Husbandry of the Rockefeller Foundation. 

It is registered as an international non-governmental organisation and has mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). 

RUFORUM has an understanding with the African Union for strengthening science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa.

Participating universities in Zimbabwe include the University of Zimbabwe, Africa University, Bindura University of Science Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Great Zimbabwe University, Lupane State University, Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Midlands State University.

The purpose of today’s meeting is to engage the ministers and policy makers in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development plus the general public on the general arrangements and the programme of the 18th RUFORUM annual meeting. Read more here

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