Category: 4th Biennial Conference

Sharing lessons on Mobility Programs implemented in Africa


Written by Munyaradzi Makoni – The University World News The University World News Interviewed Dr. Christoff Pauw and Mr. Richard Batte during the Fourth Biennial Conference in Maputo Mozambique. They shared their experiences from implementing Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Projects. The full article is available at The University World News Website. The managers of Africa’s intra-ACP exchange programmes say that organising a large number of … Read More Sharing lessons on Mobility Programs implemented in Africa

Tweeting on about agriculture


Written by: Joan Apio- Communication Officer (RUFORUM) In a discipline that has existed for eons, there is a legitimate question: “Why should agriculture care about social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?” Michele Payn-Knoper, a self-described Community Catalyst, Advocate, Farm and Food Connector who established the US-based Cause Matters Corp., has a simple and powerful answer: “It’s really quite simple. Mass influence. … Read More Tweeting on about agriculture

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture turns 10


Written by: Senior University World News writer Munyaradzi Makoni This article has been reproduced from the University World News website as part of the stories that were covered during the 4th Biennial Conference. Budgeting woes hit European-funded mobility schemes The managers of Africa’s intra-ACP exchange programmes say that organising a large number of mobile students on the continent is a logistical nightmare. Worse, students … Read More Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture turns 10

Why consider Women in Agriculture Education?


Written by Maureen Agena – Social Media Consultant I was recently in Maputo, Mozambique attending the 4th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) biennial conference. RUFORUM is a consortium of 42 Universities across Africa and a platform for catalyzing change is African Universities.  I had gone for a consultancy to train young social reporters and journalism students in Mozambique who had … Read More Why consider Women in Agriculture Education?

The Future of Agriculture and Its Skills Requirements in Africa – In Response to the African Union Vision 2063


Written by Bongiwe Nomandi Njobe – Executive Director at Tiger Brands Ltd and RUFORUM Board Member As part of the celebrations to mark the 10 year anniversary of RUFORUM at the Fourth Biennial Conference held 21-25 July in Maputo, Mozambique, selected individuals provided reflections to RUFORUM network stakeholders. The following speech was delivered by Dr. Bongiwe Njobe, a member of the RUFORUM Board to … Read More The Future of Agriculture and Its Skills Requirements in Africa – In Response to the African Union Vision 2063

Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security


Written By Jon Spaull- SciDevNet [MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE] “Your granary will never be filled by your neighbour.” This is a Mozambican saying that was used by Graca Michel, member of International Panel of Elders and a former Mozambican minister of education, to illustrate the point that Africa cannot rely on outside help to achieve food security. It was a recurring theme at the Regional Universities … Read More Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security

The party’s over – and what a party!


Written by: Richard A. Powell – RUFORUM Communications Consultant Following a week of intensive networking opportunities that attracted nearly 670 participants from 45 countries, and celebrating the achievements of postgraduate agricultural students across Africa, the fourth highly successful RUFORUM biennial conference ended last week in Maputo, Mozambique. Conferences have a reputation among many who plough their circuit for being exercises in talking, with minimal … Read More The party’s over – and what a party!

Africa – defining its own path moving forward


Written by: Richard A. Powell – RUFORUM Communications Consultant Expressing his gratitude at the conferment of an honorary doctoral degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for his dedication to medical and scientific philanthropic activities in economically developing countries, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke of his commitment to the African continent, its responsibility in developing itself and the pivotal role played by agriculture. “The … Read More Africa – defining its own path moving forward

Redundant bricks, wrecking balls, and architects of the virtual


Written by: Richard A. Powell – RUFORUM Communications Consultant For many years, pedagogues have been fixated on the bricks-and-mortar approach to knowledge transfer and learning: the goal primarily being to increase ad nausea the number of students living on a physical campus. But advances in technology mean that the model of teaching has been re-evaluated. E-learning – the ‘e’, according to Bernard Luskin, a … Read More Redundant bricks, wrecking balls, and architects of the virtual

Termina a quarta conferência da RUFORUM


By Vanilla Amadeu   Na conferência participaram estudantes, docentes e outros, das cerca de 42 Universidades de 19 países africanos membros da RUFORUM, sendo algumas das quais a Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Universidade Kenyatta, Universidade de Makerere, Universidade de Eldoret.A mesma tinha como lema: “celebrando a contribuição das universidades e parceiros para o desenvolvimento agrícola da África”. O objectivo era de os participantes reflectissem sobre … Read More Termina a quarta conferência da RUFORUM

Strengthening the research agenda for agriculture


By Pauline Atim I had the opportunity to attend the Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) meeting at the #RUFORUM@10 when it called a number of stakeholders including university deans, vice-chancellors, policy makers, lecturers and students to discuss strategies to strengthen the research-training-farmer continuum and the youth agenda in the SADC region. The event was overall interesting and … Read More Strengthening the research agenda for agriculture

Building scientific capacity for African agriculture: Start with basic science


By Jackline Nnam If the world were to be re-sized according to science output, Africa, the world’s second largest continent in area and population, would disappear. This is worrying for Africa’s development, considering that science and technology is essential for economic and social transformation of any society. Science provides the basic ingredient, the “DNA helix”, for many disciplines including agriculture. With agriculture as the … Read More Building scientific capacity for African agriculture: Start with basic science

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