Category: TAGDev project

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.


The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since its launch by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognized 33 entrepreneurs, who … Read More BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation


It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend.  Whether this dream is realized will of course depend … Read More Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

Apply Now: MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships 2018


Deadline Extension: 31 March 2018  The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 85 universities in 35 African countries. The partnership focuses on ‘Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development’. The aim of partnership is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental … Read More Apply Now: MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships 2018

Call for Establishment of Agribusiness Incubation Hubs 2017/2018: RUFORUM Entrepreneurship Challenge Program (RECAP)


Deadline for Submission: 30th December, 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 challenges through enhanced application of science, … Read More Call for Establishment of Agribusiness Incubation Hubs 2017/2018: RUFORUM Entrepreneurship Challenge Program (RECAP)

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

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