Category: TAGDev project

Towards achieving an increased agricultural productivity and farmer income in Malava Sub-County farmers in Kenya


By Ms. Eileen Inyanji Wanyonyi The agricultural industry in Malava Sub-County faces lots of challenges from various sources. Within the Sub-County is a huge potential for agricultural productivity which has been left untapped by farmers. The area is largely known for production of sugarcane on large acres of land to provide supply for the two sugar factories; West Kenya and Butali sugar factory. Thus, … Read More Towards achieving an increased agricultural productivity and farmer income in Malava Sub-County farmers in Kenya

VEFIRS team seals a partnership with Andre Foods International


By Nelson Papi Kolliesuah Gulu City, 31st March 2021. A partnership agreement was sealed on 26 March 2021 between the Andre Foods international (AFI) and the team of Vertical Farming in Refugees Setting dubbed “VEFIRS”, a team of five innovators and mission-driven African scholars originating from Liberia, Benin, Namibia, Uganda, and Kenya, respectively who have completed Masters of Science in Food Security and Community … Read More VEFIRS team seals a partnership with Andre Foods International

PBL skills for university academic faculty across Sub-Saharan Africa


A new generation of skilled and entrepreneurial graduates becomes reality through reforming the curricula from subject-based to competence-based. Two experienced pedagogical trainers from Finland held a virtual PBL training session for bioeconomy university academic faculty from Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. RUFORUM, in partnership with the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), organised a training for African academic faculty, titled Problem Based Learning: Delivering … Read More PBL skills for university academic faculty across Sub-Saharan Africa

Nector Soft Drinks in Northern Uganda


The soft drinks market in northern Uganda is currently dominated by industrially processed, carbonated drinks. The more health conscious consumers have high demand for freshly processed fruit juice. Realizing this market niche, a group of four students MSc. Agrientreprise development  pursuing from Gulu University took up this business opportunity and start processing fresh natural fruit juices, under the brand name, the nector point. With … Read More Nector Soft Drinks in Northern Uganda

Transforming my community through vegetable farming and sensitisation


By Stephen Ongaria (BSc. Education Agriculture –Gulu University) My name is Stephen Ongaria, a student at Gulu University, Uganda. When I started my university education, I never expected to be so much inspired to become a change agent within my community. It did not take long for me to understand that vegetable farming has huge potential in terms of income generation. Few months ago, … Read More Transforming my community through vegetable farming and sensitisation

Convergence of the Action Research Program and producer groups’ business models: the case of two rice producer groups in Nwoya and Amuru districts


Introduction Gulu University as a member of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) won two Community Action Research Program Plus (CARP+) grants in the Pig and Rice value chains in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The CARP+ is an initiative supported by RUFORUM to enable member Universities reach out, engage, and conduct actionable novel research in communities. The CARP+ enables Universities … Read More Convergence of the Action Research Program and producer groups’ business models: the case of two rice producer groups in Nwoya and Amuru districts

E-learning for strengthening educational capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa


Enhancing ICT competence and capacity in bio-entrepreneurship education is central for reaching a wide number of students in Sub-Saharan Africa. PBL-BioAfrica has started on this task by investigating teachers’ current usage of digital learning platforms in Kenya and Zambia through surveys and focus group interviews. Issues in online teaching An online survey about teachers’ pedagogical competences received more than 90 replies from teachers in … Read More E-learning for strengthening educational capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships 2021/2022


Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; http://www.ruforum.org), a network of 129 universities in 38 African countries to Transform African Agricultural Universities (TAGDev) to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development. The aim of the partnership is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, … Read More MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships 2021/2022

I bought a piece of land that I will transform one day


My name is James Akuku, a beneficiary of the TagDev Project. Thanks to the MasterCard Foundation and RUFORUM, I am pursuing a Master of Science degree in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University. With the continuous financial support that I receive from the MasterCard Foundation, I have been able to meet the basic needs of my family and more during the COVID-19 … Read More I bought a piece of land that I will transform one day

Returning home during COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise


I come from Karamoja region, in northwestern Uganda. It is also a place with rich culture, and where such culture is cherished. So, when I returned home during the COVID-19 lockdown, I decided to start a fashion business that would promote fabrics from my culture. But first, from the stipend I get from the MasterCard Foundation as part of my education scholarship, I enrolled … Read More Returning home during COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise

I started a business selling clothes and shoes


As a young girl, I loved to see people wear beautiful shoes and clothes. Even though I didn’t have the money to buy them then, I dreamt of a time when I could. That dream is now a reality. Today I run a business that sells clothes and shoes. I mostly use social media to market the products I have and reach customers. From … Read More I started a business selling clothes and shoes

I started laying bricks during my stay at home


Returning home after the university was closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 gave me an opportunity to engage in a number of activities. I took part in laying bricks, I planted sugarcane, maize, cassava, beans, soybeans and sweet potatoes. As a family, sugar cane growing has been a major activity we have engaged in for a long time. And during my stay at … Read More I started laying bricks during my stay at home