Category: Stories from Our Universities

The scholarship from RUFORUM has expanded my research capabilities and network


My name is Kusiima Kaheesi Samuel studying PhD Environment and Natural Resources at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science (CAES), Makerere University, Uganda. I  received funding from RUFORUM under the Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project for my research entitled: Land Use Land Cover Change (LULCC) and its Implications on Ecosystem Services in the Albert Water Management Zone, Uganda. The … Read More The scholarship from RUFORUM has expanded my research capabilities and network

I have benefited a lot from skills enhancement trainings organized by RUFORUM


My name is Zenebe Shuite Argado from Ethiopia. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Debre Markos University, Ethiopia and a Master of Education in Geography and Environmental Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. I was a full-time teaching staff in the department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Bule Hora University, Ethiopia, from July 2011 up to … Read More I have benefited a lot from skills enhancement trainings organized by RUFORUM

My research fieldwork in a foreign country has been a life changing experience


I am Rudo Violet Denga, a Zimbabwean studying PhD at Copperbelt University, Zambia. I obtained both BSc Hons. in Development Studies & MSc. in Development Studies from my home country. My research interests are in social-ecology with particular focus on sustainable environmental management, river bank cultivation and land use/cover change (LUCC).  Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences, School of … Read More My research fieldwork in a foreign country has been a life changing experience

Amidst the challenges, I am still on course to finish my PhD studies


My name is Abich Amsalu. I have been studying PhD in Climate Change and Bio-energy Development since September 2018 at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Nature Resources, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. To support my studies, I won a research grant from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) funded by the  Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project for … Read More Amidst the challenges, I am still on course to finish my PhD studies

I have spread my wings through RUFORUM scholarships


Growing up in DRC Bukavu town, with parents who believed in education being key to my future, has shaped who I am today. In our home region of Eastern DRC, we faced so many problems growing up due to different wars and rape of women. I had to struggle finishing my university education.  After finishing my undergraduate studies, I started working at my university … Read More I have spread my wings through RUFORUM scholarships

The journey to my PhD programme begun with my involvement in the SENTINEL Project


My name is Petan Hamazakaza , a PhD student at Copperbelt University, Zambia. I consider life as a journey that is characterised by phases of ups and downs. Growing up in a rural setting where social standards are so low makes one not to appreciate how the other side of society in urban areas is. At a tender age of 15 years I happened … Read More The journey to my PhD programme begun with my involvement in the SENTINEL Project

My PhD research to tackle trade-offs in woodlot management in North-Western Ethiopia


My name is Solomon Mulu studying PhD in Forestry and Livelihood at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia.I am pleased to share my PhD research journey so far. When the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) announced a call for Doctorial Research Grants in February 2019, I immediately applied for the grant and was successful.  The funding for this grant is provided … Read More My PhD research to tackle trade-offs in woodlot management in North-Western Ethiopia

RUFORUM Has Given Life Line to My PhD Journey


My name is Jackson Bunyangha from Uganda. Having completed my MSc in Environment and Natural Resources at Makerere University, I was eager to further my studies in Environmental Science particularly in the field of wetlands but in a new environment. Thus, I secured an admission at the University of Nairobi to do my PhD in Hydrobiology. However, I had no idea about where I … Read More RUFORUM Has Given Life Line to My PhD Journey

Studying forestry made me realise my destiny


My name is Basiru Adeniyi Okanlawon, PhD student of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Brief about the study and aim.   My research is about Climate change and climate justice. My research study will answer this questions: a.            What kind of livelihoods, disaggregated by gender and marginalized groups, are obtained from different biophysical and socio-economic systems in the selected study sites? … Read More Studying forestry made me realise my destiny

It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda


As a son of a farmer, I am always compounded and reminded of Bill Gates quotation “Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future”. Therefore, I strive to emulate on the farming practices of my fore fathers and at the same time improve on … Read More It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda

Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya


Having grown and brought up in western part of Kenya, where cassava is one of the major foods and a week cannot go without ‘Ugali’ made from cassava and sorghum this was my first encounter with the Kenyan coast. I had higher expectations and according to the stories I have been since my childhood about the people in the Kenyan coastal region. This ranging … Read More Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya

Let’s talk agribusiness: Opportunities in the cassava value chain at the Kenya Coast region


Mention to anyone from Kenya that you are at the Coast and quickly in their mind they will think you have gone to relax your mind, enjoy nature and explore the Coast line; basically the Coast in Kenya is synonymous with tourism!. Actually, having pleasure of your life can happen anywhere but this is not what took me to the Kenyan coast this time … Read More Let’s talk agribusiness: Opportunities in the cassava value chain at the Kenya Coast region

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