Category: Stories from Our Alumni

Pioneer RUFORUM student, Prof Patience Mshenga, appointed to ASARECA Board


Prof. Patience Mshenga, one of the pioneer RUFORUM supported PhD graduates, was on May 2nd, 2019 appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). ASARECA is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of 12 member countries set up to address the common challenges and opportunities to agricultural research and development through collective action. On … Read More Pioneer RUFORUM student, Prof Patience Mshenga, appointed to ASARECA Board

Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship


By Geoffrey Cheruiyot Ngenoh, MSc. Agri-Enterprise Development student at Egerton University. July 2017 will always be memorable to me. It was during this time that we had the orientation training for new TAGDev scholars and I developed a business mindset. Speaker after speaker during the training, motivated me to start my entrepreneurship journey. By the end of the training I had so many business … Read More Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship

Postgraduate studies awakened my zeal to contribute to a food secure Africa


By Njeri Njau, RUFORUM Alumnus (MSc Agronomy, Kenyatta University) Growing up in rural Kenya, with parents who believed in education being key to my future, has shaped who I am today. Having no electricity and piped water back then did not bother them as long as my siblings and I were in school. For a village girl, joining university made me a role model … Read More Postgraduate studies awakened my zeal to contribute to a food secure Africa

RUFORUM PhD graduate starts cowpea breeding program at university of Cape Coast


  Emmanuel Afutu, now with a new title added to his name ‘Doctor’, was ecstatic as he and his colleagues joined RUFORUM staff on 16th January 2018 during a lunch get-together organized at the Secretariat to honour the new PhD graduates.  He was among the 13 RUFORUM-sponsored students who were conferred with Doctorates during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University in Uganda, under … Read More RUFORUM PhD graduate starts cowpea breeding program at university of Cape Coast

Persistence helped me achieve my dream, My Postgraduate Training Journey


By Akasairi Ocwa, MSc graduate of Crop Science, Kyambogo University, Uganda Pursuing a master’s degree in crop science at Kyambogo University was my career dream come true. Having attained a Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education at the same university, I wanted to specialise in crop science in order to contribute to increased food production through dissemination of knowledge and technologies to … Read More Persistence helped me achieve my dream, My Postgraduate Training Journey

RUFORUM in Collaboration with LUANAR AquaFish ACE Coordinates 10 Academic Staff Exchanges within the Region


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) continues to promote higher education regional integration by facilitating the mobility of academic staff across the region. In furthering this mandate, RUFORUM Secretariat is working with the member universities to support staff fellowships that aim for collegial exchange so as to enhance faculty teaching, research, and collaboration among RUFORUM Member universities and, ultimately contribute … Read More RUFORUM in Collaboration with LUANAR AquaFish ACE Coordinates 10 Academic Staff Exchanges within the Region

From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience


I, Mr David Ekepu, was born in a rural area of Eastern Uganda in what is now called Amuria district but spent most of childhood in Pallisa district where my father was working as a secondary school teacher. I attended pre-university education in the same area and only moved out of Eastern Uganda to join Makerere University – located in Central Uganda. During my … Read More From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience

Mrs Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a RUFORUM PhD scholar, shares her doctoral Journey as midcareer woman and a mother


As I and my active toddler daughter boarded the flight from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, I felt nostalgic at first for leaving my family and friends behind, and fear of the unknown. As I got to Kigali International airport, I became anxious of how to manage my work-life balance. As the airplane touch-down at Entebbe International airport, I was determined to succeed … Read More Mrs Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a RUFORUM PhD scholar, shares her doctoral Journey as midcareer woman and a mother

My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)


By Dr. Koech Oscar Kipchirchir, RUFORUM-ICRISAT postdoc student In 2017, I was awarded a Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA) by RUFORUM to support my field attachment internship at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Kenya. My research interest was on utilisation of sorghum as a source of food and feed in an integrated production system. The main focus was … Read More My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)

Dr. Elizabeth Kizito wins the 2017 Science by Women Award


Dr. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, a Senior Lecturer at Uganda Christian University has won the ‘Science by Women, 2017’ Award. The award entails a six month fellowship funded by Fundacio Mujeres por Africa (Women for Africa Foundation). During the fellowship, she will be hosted by the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona and work with the genomics and the bioinformatics units headed by Dr. Jochen … Read More Dr. Elizabeth Kizito wins the 2017 Science by Women Award

My experience as a mobility student at Makerere University


By Isaac Nyabisa Oteyo Growing up in rural Western Kenya, I often heard people talking about great universities in East Africa like the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam. Makerere University, in particular, stood out for me as many of the African nationalists, back then, had gone through it. My father too, though not highly educated, spoke highly of … Read More My experience as a mobility student at Makerere University

Empowering young intellectuals to tackle Tanzania’s agricultural development challenges-Case of Eliafie Mwanga


Mr. Eliafie Mwanga, a Tanzanian, completed his MSc in Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering in 2015 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with funding from the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI). iAGRI is a USAID Feed the Future Project aimed at strengthening training and building collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) with the goal … Read More Empowering young intellectuals to tackle Tanzania’s agricultural development challenges-Case of Eliafie Mwanga

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