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Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future


Following celebrations to mark 10 years of RUFORUM, the next phase of RUFORUM’s evolution is being mapped out in a new Strategic Business Plan (SBP 2015-2020). The SPB highlights the key directions that RUFORUM will take in the next five years, including the modalities for engagement in Continental agenda especially Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2026), the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development … Read More Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future

Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology awarded a $300,000 grant from RUFORUM


Khartoum, Sudan– RUFORUM today announced the award of a US$300,000 grant to Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology to support a Community Action Research Project (CARP) on livestock value chain in Tanzania. At RUFORUM, CARP grants are designed to encourage universities to develop and invest in more comprehensive and sustained action research into a particular geographical area or in a selected commodity … Read More Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology awarded a $300,000 grant from RUFORUM

108 proposals received for the 6th GRG Call Proposals – 29 Selected for funding


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has continued to strengthen its role as a knowledge and capacity building agency for 46 universities in 22 African countries. In furthering this mandate, RUFORUM runs a Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS) with Graduate Research Grants (GRG) being one of the key granting mechanism for supporting university-led research linked to addressing needs of smallholder farmers … Read More 108 proposals received for the 6th GRG Call Proposals – 29 Selected for funding

Mobile phone app for Agricultural video animations


Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) has developed more than 30 different 2D and 3D animations with voice-overs in over 50 different languages. SAWBO works in three main areas: Agriculture, Health and Women’s Empowerment. SAWBO has now a mobile app that is available for any compatible Android device. Download the app in the Google Play market to access the entire library of animations. You can then … Read More Mobile phone app for Agricultural video animations

East Africa credit transfer scheme enters new phase


Written by Maina Waruru from the University World News – Africa Edition The East African Credit Accumulation and Transfer project undertaken by higher education authorities in the region’s five countries has entered a fifth phase, with experts agreeing on minimum standards for psychology, counselling, community development, developmental studies and social work programmes. The harmonisation initiative is meant to ease the movement of students from … Read More East Africa credit transfer scheme enters new phase

In power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency


In power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency | Mail & Guardian Africa. NIGERIA’S Akinwumi Adesina was Thursday elected new president of the African Development Bank  (AfDB) in a thrilling vote that saw major heavyweights from North Africa and southern Africa were stripped away early in the opening rounds. The dapper bow-tie wearing Agriculture and Rural Development minister will be a … Read More In power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency

CTA programme wins top UN prize for its youth and ICT work


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been honoured in the prestigious 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. The Centre won the e-agriculture category for its youth and ICT programme – Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS).  The prize was presented in Geneva, Switzerland, during the WSIS Forum 2015, the biggest international event … Read More CTA programme wins top UN prize for its youth and ICT work

eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates


e-Capacities is an online marketplace for the supply and demand of capacities in strategic human capital formation. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments. eCapacities connects training providers, workplaces and graduates and allows them to interact with each other … Read More eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates

QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA


Written by: Engela Duvenhage from Stellenbosch University Where studies and research in agriculture and forestry are concerned, Stellenbosch University (SU) ranks as the most sought after and influential institution in South Africa. It is also ranked among the top 100 institutions worldwide in these fields, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU is considered one of the world’s elite institutions … Read More QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA

PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists


By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB] “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change on forage resources in Karamoja, in northeast Uganda. Karamoja is … Read More PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

IFAMA names Johan Van Rooyen as new President-Elect


IFAMA is pleased to announce that Johan van Rooyen, Director, Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership & Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University in South Africa has been selected to serve as the next IFAMA President; a term beginning in June 2015-2017. “I’m honored to be selected for this appointment,” said Van Rooyen “Globally, the ag sector faces some awesome challenges ahead and I believe … Read More IFAMA names Johan Van Rooyen as new President-Elect

University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building


University of Pretoria (UP) is a Research-Intensive University that joined the RUFORUM Network in 2014 as a full member. The University fosters a holistic approach to education with academic activities that are enriched by community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry. The University of Pretoria recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) with the … Read More University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building

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