Category: TAGDev project

Selling handmade crafts helped me earn extra income during lockdown


My name is Emmanuel Okwir, a Cohort III student at Gulu University. Being a beneficiary of the MasterCard Foundation/RUFORUM scholarship helped restore my hope for an education. It has taken me places, and I have benefited from various mentorship opportunities during the programme.     I come from a family headed by a single mother, and life has not always been easy for us. So, … Read More Selling handmade crafts helped me earn extra income during lockdown

I have spent the lockdown running a piggery


Before l got a scholarship from RUFORUM, life was a constant struggle for me and my family. My parents were engaged in agriculture, but it did not bring in enough income to support the household. Out of a family of 11 siblings, I was the first to go to university. On the other hand, while my brothers attended a government aided school, my sister … Read More I have spent the lockdown running a piggery

Here is how my smart gardening is working


The idea of starting a smart garden began in March this year, when we returned home after the university was closed. Other lower institutions of learning had also been closed. So, my siblings were all home. That meant there were more people to feed all at once, and that would put a huge strain on my parents. That’s when I decided to venture into … Read More Here is how my smart gardening is working

COVID-19 lockdown kick-started my passion in pineapple farming


My name is Gloria Nampija. I’m a second-year student at Gulu University, pursuing a degree in Biosystems Engineering. I am also a beneficiary of the MasterCard Foundation scholarship programme under RUFORUM. When institutions of learning were shut down in March because of COVID-19, I decided to return to my ancestral home in the Eastern Uganda District of Kaberamaido where I started venturing into agriculture … Read More COVID-19 lockdown kick-started my passion in pineapple farming

What being a TAGDev scholar has taught me


My name is Iyaloo Sheyavali. I hail from Oheti region in northern Namibia. I am currently a final year student pursuing a master of science degree in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University in Uganda. My programme is funded under the Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development project (TAGDev), and supported by the MasterCard Foundation. Iyaloo Sheyavali … Read More What being a TAGDev scholar has taught me

Education is a change catalyst


Aipa Grace Bekah is a second year TAGDev student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelors of degree in Agricultural Education and Extension. The second born in a family of three hails from Turkana County, Northern Kenya; a pastoral community. She believes in education as the only equalizer. She was brought up by her grandmother alongside other thirteen grandchildren. School uniform, books, shoes were a luxury … Read More Education is a change catalyst

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

Cassava, a crop with unexploited opportunities in Coastal part of Kenya


I was born in Central part of Kenya and schooled in the same regions throughout to University. The first time I experienced farming by any other community was when I was employed by Ministry of agriculture livestock and Fisheries back in May 1997 when I was posted to Nyanza Province. Experience in working with different communities have taught me over the years to appreciate … Read More Cassava, a crop with unexploited opportunities in Coastal part of Kenya

University of Free State catalysing quality and increasing profitability of the wool value chain among small-scale farmers in the Free State


The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension submitted a proposal, “Building Competitiveness for communal farmers through developing the wool value chain in the Free State Province of South Africa”, as a bid for a project to The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture. The proposal was selected and the grant was awarded to the Centre.  Subsequently Dr Jan W Swanepoel, … Read More University of Free State catalysing quality and increasing profitability of the wool value chain among small-scale farmers in the Free State

Harvesting business growth from COVID-19 Pandemic: a young entrepreneurs’ experience


The health crisis caused by COVID19 has had negative impacts on the global economy. Nevertheless, it has allowed some small enterprises to boost their income. This is the case of Agro Food Business (AFoB), a small social enterprise in northern Benin. Founded and headed by an academician entrepreneur, Dr. Ir. Soulé Akinhola ADECHIAN, AFoB is involved in the production, processing and marketing of perishable … Read More Harvesting business growth from COVID-19 Pandemic: a young entrepreneurs’ experience

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