Category: TAGDev project

Meet Cohort One 2017 MCF@RUFORUM Students


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation are implementing an eight year program “Transforming Agricultural Universities in Africa to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. Under this program, 220 students will be trained as part of training the next generation of AgLeaders for Africa in Africa through an innovative agricultural training model. In this … Read More Meet Cohort One 2017 MCF@RUFORUM Students

Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural … Read More Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint


Three and a half years ago, Harriet Kayompatho was a jobless sociology graduate, restless with the ambition of owning a successful business and yet with little more than forty dollars to her name. Tired of being jobless for three years, she went to Enterprise Uganda in search of a solution. Her face brightened with relief when she was told that the 150,000 Uganda shillings … Read More Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint

AFRICA ON THE MOVE: The role of universities in transforming Africa’s agricultural sector


By Charles Owuor, RUFORUM According to Brookings foresight for Africa’s agriculture, food production in Sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase by 60% in the next 15 years to adequately meet the future demands of the continent’s skyrocketing population. To achieve this feat, there is growing consensus that investments should be made in strategic sectoral areas to create synergy and cause major technological breakthroughs and transformation … Read More AFRICA ON THE MOVE: The role of universities in transforming Africa’s agricultural sector

Egerton University students to benefit from Sh2.7bn MasterCard grant


By FRANCIS MUREITHI Summary Egerton University in Kenya and Gulu University in Uganda will be the main beneficiaries of the project. The scholarships, which kicked off last year, will run for eight years before ending in 2024. The project aims to help beneficiaries acquire skills in agricultural value chain, entrepreneurship and community-based research. The MasterCard Foundation has set aside Sh2.7 billion to award scholarships … Read More Egerton University students to benefit from Sh2.7bn MasterCard grant

Creating change agents through student-community engagement


Increasingly universities are under pressure to provide evidence of their contribution to society. This requires them to develop new models of engaging at various levels. In doing so, universities have to transition from merely teaching and research to include direct relations with society. University outreach has evolved and taken various forms to make university knowledge and expertise available to end users. While some universities … Read More Creating change agents through student-community engagement

Call for Proposals 2017: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme


Deadline: Submission of full proposals to RUFORUM Secretariat by 27th March, 2017 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental … Read More Call for Proposals 2017: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

The MasterCard Foundation supported TAGDev Project Website launched


In June 2016, the MasterCard Foundation signed agreement with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to strengthen efforts to connect university education to the needs of rural communities. The eight year project “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)” is being implemented by RUFORUM and its member universities, with focus on Gulu University in … Read More The MasterCard Foundation supported TAGDev Project Website launched

CONSULTANCY: Terms of Reference to Support the Development of a Book on Tertiary Agricultural Education in Africa


Background The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has witnessed significant expansion over the past five years. From its creation with 10 members, the Consortium now has a membership of 66 African universities with operations across 26 countries on the continent spanning Eastern, Central, Southern and Western Africa, with a vision ‘to create a vibrant agricultural sector linked to African universities … Read More CONSULTANCY: Terms of Reference to Support the Development of a Book on Tertiary Agricultural Education in Africa

Apply Now: The MasterCard Foundation at RUFORUM Scholarship Award 2017/2018


Background: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year program aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This is eight year program (2016-2024) and will … Read More Apply Now: The MasterCard Foundation at RUFORUM Scholarship Award 2017/2018

Apply Now: Terms of Reference to Undertake Development of Community Engagement Strategy for the RUFORUM Network Universities


Background Universities in Africa and elsewhere are under immense pressure to provide evidence of their contribution to society and respond to the demand to change[1]. This requires universities to innovate and develop models of engaging with the communities at various levels. In doing so, universities have had to transition from the ‘two role model’ functions to ‘three role model’ functions i.e. from merely teaching … Read More Apply Now: Terms of Reference to Undertake Development of Community Engagement Strategy for the RUFORUM Network Universities

Apply Now: Terms of Reference to undertake a Scoping Study on Technical and Vocational Education and training (TVET) in selected African countries


Deadline Extension: 16 February, 2017  Background The overall outlook for Africa’s development has improved, largely due to recent growth as recorded in GDP growth (average over 4% per annum across the continent) over the last decade. A recent report by Mckinsey and Company[1] (2014) highlighted that Africa’s collective GDP in 2008 was 1.6 trillion, roughly equal to Brazil or Russia’s. The report provides further … Read More Apply Now: Terms of Reference to undertake a Scoping Study on Technical and Vocational Education and training (TVET) in selected African countries

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