Consultancy: To facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include: Positioning the RSIF as the premier sustainable pan-African science fund, focused on building high quality applied research capacity in Africa. It aims to develop a comprehensive communications, outreach and branding strategy and related products for the RSIF.  The strategy and products should serve different stakeholders in managing, implementing and overseeing RSIF

icipe intends to hire the services of an individual consultant to deliver a series of grants proposal writing training workshops to selected teams from the RSIF African Host Universities.The training should equip participants with skills on how to write winning grant proposals especially related to research, innovation and capacity building in higher education in the ASET  fields and enable them to submit high quality proposals in line with the requirements of relevant funding opportunities such as the European Union, Japan SATRAPs as well as RSIF calls.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website:

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology now invites eligible consulting individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:

  1. The consultant must be sufficiently qualified, with at least a master’s degree.
  2. The applicant should have and must demonstrate at least 5 years’ experience in managing proposals for research grants, innovation projects or related business projects.
  3. He/she should also have a demonstrated capacity or experience in delivering grant proposal writing training in any of the areas mentioned above. Attach at least three (3) relevant assignments undertaken in the last five (5) years.
  4. The consultant should have proficiency in speaking English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other consultants to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub- consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the criteria laid down in “Selection Based on Consultants Qualification” (CQS) method set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 which can be found at the following website:

Further information can be obtained at this address ( during office hours 08:00 – 17:00 hrs East Africa Time.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person and deposited in the icipe Tender Box, located at icipe Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi (Caroll Wilson Building, Ground Floor) on or before November 8th, 2019 at 11:00 hrs, East Africa Time. The bids will be opened the same date and time, in the presence of those submitting. The submissions in hard copy should be clearly marked: ‘Expression of Interest – Consultancy to facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities”. Electronic submissions can be sent via email to:

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

Attn: Susan Kariuki, Procurement Manager
Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi
P.O. Box 30772, 00100 GPO
Tel: +254-20-8632000 , Fax: +254-20-8632001/2


Commercial Production of Homegrown Protein Bait for Management of Tephritidae Fruit Flies Infesting Fruits and Vegetables in Uganda


Male fruit fly: Bactrocera dorsalis

Horticulture sector has been accorded high priority in Uganda’s economic development plans for strategic contributions to national economy in terms of foreign exchange, employment opportunities, rural development and food and nutritional security. However, fruit flies inflict serious damages on a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops in Uganda. Losses in commercial exotic varieties of mangoes can be as high as 100% mainly by Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera Tephritidae), a pest originating from South East Asia, that has now become predominant having competitively displaced local fruit fly species in most host plants.  Effective options for management of fruit flies are lacking in the country. Farmers have resorted to blanket cover sprays of chemical pesticides to no avail. Pesticides pose untold environmental concerns and often result in undesirable chemical residues in produce implying noncompliance to Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) legislated in most overseas markets. Fruit flies are also quarantine pests and attract stringent quarantine restrictions in such lucrative markets. Presence of fruit flies thus, limit expansion of trade of fresh fruits and vegetables for both domestic and export markets. The millions of fruit tree seedlings supplied countrywide through Operation for Wealth creation (OWC) and the Soroti Fruit Processing Factory both of which are well meaning initiatives might prove futile if we do not decisively address the menacing fruit fly problem.


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Recently, AMOCAS Limited, in a public-private-partnership with National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) produced a novel protein bait, derived from brewery waste yeast that has proved highly effective in fruit fly monitoring and suppression (control). Tephritidae fruit flies require protein for normal growth but females need more protein for egg maturation hence the greater attraction of the protein bait for females than males, a behavior that has been exploited for their control. Bait comparison studies showed that the novel product was comparable and in some cases superior to imported protein bait products in fruit fly attraction. Application of novel bait reduced fruit fly infestation from 100% to less than 5% in guava and from nearly 100% to less than 20% in mangoes.  The bait is applied using ‘spot spray technique’ attracting flies from a distance and overall coverage of plant canopy is not required as opposed to conventional chemical pesticides. The bait is therefore environmentally sound being less hazardous to beneficial organisms (natural enemies and pollinators), spray applicator and consumers owing to minimal chemical residues in produce. Bait production has been limited to laboratory work, producing only enough for research purposes. The need to advance to the next stage of mass production and commercialization cannot be overemphasized.  This would entail acquisition, installation and operationalization of a bait production plant to produce sufficient quantities to meet farmer’s needs countrywide.  Additionally, the novel product is rich in protein (>50%) and therefore the protein bait makes an excellent substitute for scarce protein sources of soybean and mukene fish (Rastrineobola argentea) used in livestock feed formulations. The excess, unutilized reformulated product will be sold to livestock farmers to boost production. This alleviates potential threat on food and nutrition security that would arise from continued use of such limited resources.

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  Protein bait of various formulations derived from frothy brewery waste yeast

Overall, the proposed intervention helps to manage pestiferous fruit flies, generates livestock feed ingredients, and solves disposal and environmental challenges at the breweries posed by copious amounts of waste yeast. Training of farmers, plant protection, quarantine and extension officers will be a key consideration to ensure production of quality fruit and vegetables for both local and export trade. The intervention will stimulate increased acreages of mangoes and other commercial fruits and vegetables. This will lead to enhanced availability of healthy foods, increased farmers’ incomes and national revenues through foreign exchange earnings and above all creation of employment in the fruit and vegetable industry. The ability of Uganda to produce its own protein bait from cheap and locally available materials is a more sustainable strategy for fruit fly management than dependence on expensive imported chemical insecticides and protein baits largely affordable by local growers. The total cost estimates of the three-year project is US$ 499,813 (Ug. Shs. 1,874, 300,000). This capital investment would be recoverable in less than three years.

By Pontiano Sebba Nemeye, PhD, Entomologist / Agricultural Consultant, Principal Investigator based at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST),     Email:




Communiqué de Presse: 421 jeunes de 12 pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest répondent à l’Appel au Concours de RUFORUM pour des Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de l’année 2019

À l’occasion de la 15ième Assemblée Générale Annuelle (AGM) du Forum des universités régionales pour le renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM) qui aura lieu du 2 au 6 décembre 2019 à Cape Coast au Ghana (en Afrique de l’Ouest); RUFORUM marquera cet événement avec une opportunité pour les jeunes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest de présenter leurs innovations, leurs entreprises ainsi que la création de leurs entreprises.  Des candidatures ont été reçues de 421 jeunes (110 femmes et 311 hommes) provenant de 12 pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest incluant : le Nigeria, le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Gambie, le Ghana, le Libéria, le Mali, le Niger, le Sénégal, la Sierra Leone et le Togo (voir le tableau ci-dessous). La première phase d’évaluation a révélé que 48 candidatures étaient non conformes et à ce titre, 373 candidatures sont actuellement en deuxième phase d’évaluation. Ensuite, une liste restreinte de 60 candidatures sera transférée en troisième et dernière phase d’évaluation pour la sélection des 20 lauréats.

RUFORUM croit au pouvoir de transformation de l’entrepreneuriat pour lutter contre le chômage des jeunes en Afrique. En tant que tel, responsabiliser et impliquer les jeunes dans le développement d’entreprises facilitera l’intégration des jeunes dans la croissance économique pour l’emploi des jeunes.  Les vingt (20) lauréats de vingt (20) entreprises sélectionnées de manière compétitive recevront un voyage avec toutes dépenses payées (billet d’avion, inscription à la conférence et frais d’hôtel) pour participer et présenter  à l’Assemblée Générale Annuelle (AGM) à Cape Coast au Ghana.

Cet appel à candidatures axé sur l’Afrique de l’Ouest constitue la première édition du Concours de RUFORUM pour les Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains qui est de nature sous-régionale. Le premier concours qui avait été organisé en 2016 avait attiré 756 candidatures provenant de 38 pays. Les quinze (15) entreprises de jeunesse les plus compétitives ont été primées lors de la Cinquième Semaine de l’Enseignement Supérieur Africain et de la Conférence Bisannuelle de RUFORUM qui s’était tenue à Cape Town en Afrique du Sud. Le deuxième concours avait été organisé en 2018 et avait attiré 1 332 jeunes provenant de 42 pays Africains et  23 entreprises compétitives de jeunes avaient été primées  lors de la Sixième Semaine de l’Enseignement Supérieur Africain et de la Conférence Bisannuelle de RUFORUM qui s’était tenue à Nairobi au Kenya.

L’évaluation des candidatures est actuellement en cours de réalisation par une équipe d’experts et de professionnels. Tous les candidats seront informés de l’état d’avancement de leurs candidatures  sur une base continue. La sélection finale des candidats retenus sera annoncée le 15 novembre 2019.

RUFORUM remercie tous les candidats pour leur participation au concours de RUFORUM pour des Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de l’année 2019 (en Afrique de l’Ouest).

Résumé sur les candidatures par pays au Concours de RUFORUM pour Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de l’année 2019 (Afrique de l’Ouest)

Nationalité Nombre
Bénin 103
Burkina Faso 8
Côte d’Ivoire 7
Gambie 6
Ghana 52
Libéria 2
Mali 7
Niger 6
Nigeria 205
Sénégal 6
Sierra Leone 9
Togo 10
Total 421

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Press Release: 421 youth from 12 countries in West Africa respond to RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition call 2019

On the occasion of the 15th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held 2-6 December 2019 at the Cape Coast, Ghana (West Africa); RUFORUM will mark this event with an opportunity to the youth from West Africa to showcase their innovations, enterprises and business start-ups. Applications have been received from 421 youth (110 females and 311 males) from 12 countries in West Africa including: Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo (see Table below). The first assessment level has found 48 applications as non-compliant and as such, 373 applications are now in the second phase of assessment. Thereafter, there will be a shortlist of 60 applications to be moved to the third and final assessment level for selection of the 20 winners.

RUFORUM believes in the transformative power of entrepreneurship in addressing youth unemployment in Africa. As such, empowering and involving young people in enterprise development will support youth integration into the economic growth for youth employment.  The twenty (20) competitively selected business enterprises will receive an all-expense paid trip (air ticket, conference registration, and hotel costs) to participate and pitch at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Cape Coast Ghana.

This call for applications with a focus on West Africa is the first edition of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition that is sub-regional in nature. The first competition which was organised in 2016 attracted a total of 756 applications from 38 countries. The fifteen (15) most competitive youth enterprises were awarded during the Fifth Africa Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa.  The second competition was organised in 2018, it attracted a total of 1,332 youth from 42 African countries and 23 competitive youth enterprises were awarded during the Sixth Africa Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Evaluation of the applications is currently underway by a team of experts and professionals. All applicants will be informed of the status of their applications on a rolling basis. The final selection of successful applicants will be announced by 15th November, 2019.

RUFORUM extends its appreciation to all applicants for responding to the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs 2019 Competition (West Africa).

Summary of Applications to the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2019 (West Africa) by Country


Benin 103
Burkina Faso 8
Côte d’Ivoire 7
Gambia 6
Ghana 52
Liberia 2
Mali 7
Niger 6
Nigeria 205
Senegal 6
Sierra Leone 9
Togo 10
Total 421

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Her Excellecy Inonge Wina the Acting President of the Republic of Zambia Meets RUFORUM Delegation in Lusaka


The Vice President of the Republic of Zambia H.E Inonge Wina (R), RUFOROUM Delegation during a Courtesy Call

Lusaka 25 September 2019

A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 118 universities across 38 countries in Africa paid a courtesy call on the Vice President and Acting President of the Republic of Zambia Her Excellency Inonge Wina in Lusaka on 25th September 2019.  This Courtesy call was part of the agenda for the three day Zambia Higher Education Week activities held from 23rd -25th September 2019.

The Zambia Higher Education Week is part of the RUFORUM initiative for national dialogue on higher education among the member university States.  Similar events were held in Liberia and Mali. The Zambia event was hosted by the University of Zambia (UNZA) in partnership with the, the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Agriculture and the Zambia Agricultural Research Institution.  Activities included a one-day Higher Education symposium in Lusaka, Zambia; the RUFORUM Board Executive Committee Meeting; a courtesy call on the Vice President; University of Zambia project site visits; and an interactive session with staff at the University of Zambia.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia Prof. Luke Mumba welcoming guests to the higher education week highlighted the three Ps (Peace, Policy and People with skills) needed to develop the agricultural sector, these were evident in  the RUFORUM Agenda.  The higher education day was officially opened by the Minister of Higher Education Hon. Brian Mushimba who applauded RUFORUM’s efforts in Zambia especially in advancing Africa’s response to higher education disparities and support to disadvantaged students and countries. He applauded the drive to mobilize the private sector to take an active role and invest in agricultural education transformation and the ongoing efforts to foster linkages between the higher education sector in Zambia and the RUFORUM network of universities. In his remarks, the Minister said,

Transformation of Higher Education in Africa is non negotiable, this is because the forces of globalization require new waves of knowledge generation including partnership for working in African Universities.

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RUFORUM Board and Vice Chancellors from Zambia pose for a Photo with Hon. Dr. Mushimba during the Zambia Higher Education Day


 A team of Ten Vice Chancellors from RUFORUM member universities, the RUFORUM governance bodies and other stakeholders including, the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development (CCARDESA), East African Farmers Federation and the Kenya National Qualifications Authority paid a courtesy call to the Acting Republican President, Her Excellency Inonge Wina at the cabinet office in Lusaka.  The RUFORUM delegation was led by the RUFORUM Board Chair, Professor George Kanyama-Phiri, the Vice Chancellor, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.  In her remarks, the Vice President said that she was confident that the RUFORUM partners visit to Zambia would enhance the finding of solutions not only to food and nutrition insecurity but to the climate change challenges whose negative impact has been evident in Zambia.  She noted that Zambia was keen to learn from experiences from across the continent.

Higher Institutions of Learning are the Knowledge Centres and therefore putting Science, Technology and Innovation as a priority would be key in solving the current problems that we are confronted with.

For the next steps, the Acting President directed the Minister of Higher Education to develop a Cabinet Memo to be tabled to the Cabinet. The Memo will among other things outline the RUFORUM Charter that was presented to her by Dr. Alice Mweetwa, Deputy Executive Secretary, RUFORUM.  She further reiterated the need to work with RUFORUM to develop a framework for finding solutions to challenges in Zambia. Her Excellency pledged that the Government of Zambia would host the 22nd RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in 2026 because she was confident that it would add value to the Country through synergy and collaboration.  She thanked the delegation for choosing Zambia and re-echored the Government’s commitment to supporting Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Zambia.

Related Story: CCARDESA and RUFORUM pays a courtesy call on the Vice President office in Zambia


Appel à candidatures pour bourses d’études 2020-2021 pour l’Afrique subsaharienne à l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi

“In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” pour l’Afrique subsaharienne à l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Ecole doctorale des sciences agronomiques et de l’eau du Bénin – Renforcement de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche en Afrique occidentale et centrale

Contexte :       Le DAAD, financé par le Ministère Fédéral Allemand de la Coopération Economique et du Développement (BMZ en allemand) et financé par “In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme”, offre des bourses pour des études de Doctorat et de Master. Le programme vise à promouvoir des systèmes d’enseignement supérieur solides et à vocation internationale en Afrique subsaharienne, capables de contribuer au développement durable.

Dans le cadre de ce programme, l’Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Agronomiques et de l’Eau (EDSAE) de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi propose des programmes de Master et de doctorat en Biostatistiques/biométrie, un domaine qui revêt une importance particulière pour le développement national des pays de l’Afrique subsaharienne.

Domaine d’application : Master en Statistique (Orientation : Biostatistiques)

          & Doctorat en Agronomie (Option : Biométrie).

Langue de Candidature : Toutes les candidatures DOIVENT être soumises en anglais.

Groupe cible: diplômés et étudiants d’Afrique subsaharienne titulaires d’une licence ou d’une maîtrise s’ils postulent au programme de maîtrise ou d’un Master s’ils postulent au programme de doctorat et souhaitent poursuivre des études en Biostatistique/ Biométrie dans leur pays d’origine ou dans un autre pays d’Afrique subsaharienne. Les candidats doivent être affiliés à des laboratoires d’université ou être membre du personnel du secteur public.

Nombre de bourse:

2 bourses de doctorat  & 2 bourses de Master pour les béninois

  5 bourses de doctorat & 6 bourses de Master pour les pays d’Afrique Sub-Saharienne

Critère d’éligibilité : Pour être admis dans le programme de Master, les candidats doivent être titulaires d’une licence ou d’une maîtrise en sciences agronomiques/biologiques ou en mathématiques /statistiques avec des préalables en statistiques. Pour le programme de doctorat en Biométrie, les candidats doivent avoir le Master en Biostatistiques/Biométrie. En outre, les candidats doivent répondre aux critères d’éligibilité du DAAD, disponibles ici.

Comment postuler: Le processus de candidature comporte deux étapes

Première étape: les candidats doivent déposer un dossier à l’Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Agronomiques de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi.

Pour les candidats au Master en Biostatistique, le dossier est constitué de:

  • Lettre de motivation adressée au Coordonnateur de la formation doctorale en Biométrie
  • Diplômes académiques
  • Relevés de notes
  • Lettre de recommandation d’un enseignant-chercheur
  • Copie certifiée de l’acte de naissance
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Programme des cours déjà suivit par le postulant

Pour les candidats au Doctorat en Biométrie, le dossier est constitué de:

  • Lettre de candidature adressée au Directeur de l’Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Agronomiques et de l’eau de l’UAC
  • Lettre de motivation adressée au Coordonnateur de la formation doctorale en Biométrie
  • Note conceptuelle du projet de recherche (pas plus de 10 pages)
  • CV du candidat comprenant si possible une liste de publications scientifiques
  • Copie des relevés de notes officiels du candidat pour le Master en Biostatistique/Biométrie et pour la licence. Veuillez fournir l’explication officielle du système de classement
  • Copie des diplômes universitaires obtenus
  • Lettre de recommandation d’un enseignant-chercheur

Date limite: 15 décembre 2019.

Deuxième étape : DAAD se réserve le droit de la sélection finale. Seuls les candidats présélectionnés seront invités à se connecter au portail du DAAD, à s’enregistrer et à soumettre une candidature DAAD.

      Date limite : 7 Février 2020. Plus de renseignement sont disponible ici.


Prof. Romain L. Glèlè Kakaï

Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques

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Call for Scholarship Applications 2020-2021 at University of Abomey-Calavi

“In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” Sub-Saharan Africa at University of Abomey-Calavi, Doctoral school of agronomic and water sciences in Benin – Strengthening Higher Education and Research in West and Central Africa

Background: DAAD through the “In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), offers scholarships for PhD and Master studies. The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development.

As part of this programme, the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi offers a Master and a doctoral study programmes in biometrics, an area with strong relevance to national development of Sub-Saharan African countries

Application fields: Master in Statistics (Major Biostatistics) & Doctorate in Agronomy (Major Biometrics).

Language of application: All applications MUST be submitted in English.

Target group: graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for the Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for the doctoral programme who want to pursue studies in biostatistics/biometrics in their home country or in another Sub-Saharan African country. Applicants should be university staff or academically trained personnel of public sector.

Number of scholarships:

2 Doctorates & 2 Masters from Benin; 5 Doctorates & 6 Masters from other Sub-Saharan countries

Eligibility criteria – To be admitted in the Master programme, applicants must hold a bachelor or a master degree in agricultural/biological sciences or in mathematics/statistics with prerequisites in Statistics. For the doctoral programme, applicants must hold a Master’s degree in these fields. In addition, applicants must fit DAAD eligibility criteria, available here.

How to apply The application process contains two steps

First step: Applicants must apply for their studies at University of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences following guidelines (documents and how to apply) below (candidates for the Master’s programme):

  • Motivation letter to the Coordinator of the Master
  • Academic degrees
  • Academic transcripts
  • An academic reference letter from a lecturer-researcher
  • Certified copy of the Certificate of Birth
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Program of the courses already followed by the applicant

 Application file for doctoral candidates includes:

  • Cover letter of application to the Director of the doctoral school of agronomic and water sciences
  • Motivation letter to the Coordinator of the doctoral training in Biometrics
  • Concept note of the research project (not more than 10 pages) from the applicant/candidate
  • CV of the applicant including if possible a list of scientific publications
  • Copy of official academic transcripts of the applicant, for the Master in Biostatistics/biometrics and for the Bachelor. Please supply the official explanation of the grading system.
  • Copy of certificates for the Master in Biostatistics/biometrics and for the Bachelor
  • Letter of support from a lecturer-researcher

UAC Deadline: 15th December 2019.

Second step: DAAD reserves the right of final selection. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit an DAAD application. DAAD Deadline: 7th February 2020. More details are available here.


Prof. Romain L. Glèlè Kakaï

University of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences

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Call for Social Media Rapporteurs for RUFORUM Annual General Meeting 2019 University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Deadline for Application: 30 October, 2019

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is organising its 15th Annual General meeting at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana from 2-6 December 2019. RUFORUM is a network of 114 Universities in 38 Countries in Africa. The RUFORUM Network is mandated to strengthen the quality and relevance of postgraduate training and research in African universities especially in agriculture, science, technology, and innovation—through activities designed to improve the capacity of African universities and research centres to generate knowledge relevant to Africa’s development challenges.  The AGM is one of the key activities under Knowledge Hub programmatic pillar of the RUFORUM Vision 2030 strategy, which is also meant to be a vehicle for facilitating universities, stakeholders and key partners to synthesize emerging lessons and best practices, and to document and disseminate information, knowledge and innovations. The theme for this 15th AGM is Delivering on Africa’s Universities Agenda for Higher Agricultural Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (AHESTI): What will it take?”. As a way of reaching out to a bigger audience beyond those who will physically attend the conference, RUFORUM would like to engage student on a voluntary basis to share information about the conference in real time through Social media. See Link for application.

Roles of Volunteer Social Media Rapporteurs will;

  • Work online to share information and create a buzz about the AGM through tweets, retweets, likes and shares on face book posts, share videos, and pictures.
  • Write blog articles and re-post information related to the 15th RUFORUM AGM. These volunteers will work online from 1st December 2019 to 7th December 2019.
  • Be guided on what to tweet through a schedule of tweets and Facebook posts that will be shared with them
  • Be physically present. A total of 60 On-Site Volunteer Social Media Rapporteur will also be selected to support the online campaign and also participate in “onsite social media reporting”. Physical presence during the events is thus a requirement for onsite Volunteer Social Media Rapporteur. Hence these Volunteer Social Media Rapporteurs must be students at the University of Cape Coast and residents within Campus to be able to attend each event they are assigned to.
  • Use the hash tag #AGMGhana2019 will be used to tag all posts to enable aggregation and tracking of traffic the 15th AGM.
  • Tweet or like posts and will be encouraged to promote UCC and Ghana as well.
  • Be expected to follow RUFORUM social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Blog, Flick).
  • Have Team leaders selected to assist and channel the efforts of their team members in order to reach their goals.


  • Selected Rapporteurs will be trained about Social Media and effective Reporting
  • They will be given a certificate of participation signed by the RUFORUM Executive Secretary upon completion of all assigned tasks.
  • Applicants will have a real experience to include in their resume
  • Applicants will be associated with RUFORUM and be included in the Mailing list for future related opportunities to support applicant’s career growth

Eligibility Criteria

For onsite reporting

  • Must be a student of Cape Coast University, Main Campus
  • Aged 18-35 years
  • Be involved in Agriculture related field, Knowledge Management, Mass communication, ICT and related fields
  • Experience in using social media – at least twitter and face book
  • Interested social media and visits these sites regularly
  • Bears a smart phone or laptop and access to internet
  • Good reputation in social media communities
  • Understands the importance of hashtags and content aggregation
  • Appreciates the importance of Higher Education for Africa’s development
  • Be available to attend the social media training and the AGM week

For Remote Rapporteurs

There is no restriction on age and country of online Rapporteurs. Being part of the team will provide networking opportunities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications online via given this Link

by 30th October, 2019.




RUFORUM is a network of 114 Universities in 38 African countries with mission to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations for strengthening agri-food systems through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions and governments.

The RUFORUM Fifteenth Annual General Meeting , will be held 2 – 6 December 2019 in Cape Coast, Ghana along the theme “Delivering on Africa’s Universities Agenda for Higher Agricultural Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (AHESTI): What will it take?”. The event will bring together over 500 participants from a wide range of delegates including Ministers of Agriculture and Education and their respective Permanent Secretaries, Vice Chancellors, Principals and Deans, partners and Heads of development institutions, private sector leaders, farmers and farmer representatives, emerging and early career researchers and young entrepreneurs from especially Ghana and other West African countries. Universities, private sector actors and young entrepreneurs shall have the opportunity to showcase their innovations, products and services, network and broker partnerships with one another. The meeting will be co-organized by RUFORUM, and all the RUFORUM Member Universities in Ghana and other partners.

As part of strengthening dissemination of research outputs and lesson sharing RUFORUM  invites interested authors (University researchers, researchers and scientists from National, regional and international Research Institutes, Higher Education stakeholders and beneficiaries of RUFORUM supported projects, including postgraduates students and their supervisors) to submit posters  (for examples and guidelines of developing poster please see below). The deadline for submission is 20th October, 2019. All participants wishing to present posters are expected to prepare, print and carry poster(s) for display during the AGM.

For additional background information about requirements for Poster display during the AGM, please visit the RUFORUM website (

Tips for designing your poster

When designing your poster think about how people read posters. You want to grab the attention of participants at a busy conference with several side-events, parallel sessions and networking events.

There are lots of ways of doing a good poster but below are some key points to consider:

1) A good poster uses illustrations to draw the reader to and communicate the topic of the poster without the reader having to spend much time reading text.

2) Think about your title – an interesting title which gets to the heart of what the poster is about and why it matters is more attractive than a technically correct title with scientific names and lots of jargon.

3) No text on the poster should be too small to read from a distance of about 1.8m (6 feet). The bigger the better (within reason).

4) Generally you may have to redraw your figures and illustrations for your poster – not just cut and paste them from a paper or thesis chapter. The rules about being able to read text from 1.8m applies even more so to the legends and axes on graphs, plates, and other illustrations.

5) The RUFORUM AGM 2019 brings together a very diverse audience and interdisciplinary participants. To effectively engage this diverse audience please consider to avoid technical jargon and acronyms.

6) Think about the conversation message of your poster. Could someone get to the end of your poster and think ‘so what?’ If so then you need to be more explicit about why this work matters and how it is aligned to the theme and sub-themes.

7) Do consider including a picture of yourself (maybe in the field) so that someone who reads your poster and wants to meet you to learn more can easily find you.

8) Don’t forget to include names of collaborators and logos of funders or your host institution.

9) Tell us how to find out more – you can include a web or email address or even a website link, and feel free to provide a sign-up sheet where people can leave their contacts (e.g., email address) if they want to hear more. If you are on Twitter consider uploading your poster to a slide share website such as and tweeting your poster with the AGM hashtag (this can attract people to your poster for a chat as well as allowing those following the AGM deliberations from afar to see your work).

10) The more creative and imaginative the better in terms of effectively attracting participants to view and internalize contents of your poster!


Poster and Poster Board Design Layout

  • Poster Board dimensions will be as follows (Height: 180cm, Width: 180cm as indicated in figure A below. Please note that one poster board is for 2 posters.
  • If proposed Poster size is A0 then poster dimensions will be as follows:(Height: 118.9cm, Width: 84.1cm) as indicated in figure B Below
  • Depending on the nature of the floor layout, one poster board can accommodate 4 posters if placed back to back

Submission and Review of posters

Please submit your soft copy poster for review to;, and

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EARTH University – Mastercard Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program


Since 2011, EARTH University and the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) have partnered to provide educational opportunity to young leaders whose academic talent and promise exceed their financial resources, to support them in transforming the future of developing regions, particularly Africa. More than 130 MCF Scholars have graduated from EARTH after an intensive, experiential 4-year program in agriculture and natural resources management, and the vast majority of these Scholars has returned to their countries and communities to lead social, environmental and economic transformation back home.

However, many educated and high-potential youth lack the skills, knowledge, and networks to activate their entrepreneurial ideas and/or transition to the world of work to create impact in their families, communities, and countries. Young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds can face challenges because of limited personal or social capital, and young women and displaced youth in particular face additional disadvantages. EARTH and MCF recognize that these challenges faced by returning MCF Scholar graduates are significant. With this in mind, in 2020 the two organizations will launch the new EARTH-MCF Graduate Fellowship, a program of competitive, remunerated post-graduate fellowships for EARTH and MCF Scholar alumni focused on agriculture and rural development. The Fellowship Program will support professional development and entrance to employment and entrepreneurship that will accelerate Scholars’ impact on the continent.

As part of the Fellowship, EARTH will provide transition pathways to employment and entrepreneurship through one-year placements in select African countries across four tracks:

  • The Agricultural Employment Track provides opportunities for graduates to establish a foothold into careers in the future of agriculture and food systems, through placements with partner institutions in the private, public or social sectors.
  • The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Track provides support to graduates in launching their own market-based endeavors focused on innovative solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development.
  • The Agricultural Education Track provides opportunities, including teaching, with secondary education and technical, vocational, education and training (TVET) institutions in Africa to support the expansion of innovation and best practices in agricultural education.
  • The Agricultural Innovation through Science and Research Track will place graduates interested in careers in agricultural research in national and international research organizations, universities and other institutions.

During one-year placement opportunities beginning in January each year, Fellows will receive a modest monthly stipend in addition to mentoring and other services to support their career development and impact potential. EARTH will also organize periodic convenings among Fellows in Africa as spaces for peer-to-peer learning and continuing education. For the first 3 years, only recent EARTH graduates will be eligible to apply; following this initial period, the program will be open to all recent alumni of the MCF Scholars Program network. The Fellowship program will facilitate and accelerate transitions for 140 Scholars over the next 8 years to realize their potential and exercise their abilities as catalytic change leaders in and for Africa. The Fellowship Program will play an important role in establishing best practices and contribute to evidence building that informs the creation of viable pathways to transition from school to work.

Beginning in August 2019, EARTH will be recruiting the Fellowship management team and will actively be seeking partnerships for placements, mentoring, expert-led webinars and operational logistics in Africa. To learn more about the program and explore these partnership opportunities, please contact us at


Position Announcement: Fellowship Program Director, EARTH University


EARTH University, established in Costa Rica at the close of the Central American civil wars in 1986, was founded on the premise that a new generation of leaders would be key to achieving peace and shared prosperity among rural communities struggling with poverty, conflict and environmental deterioration. With this transformative premise in mind, EARTH set out to train and prepare future generations of values-driven leaders for rural areas; to alleviate poverty, promote social justice and build a future where communities achieve sustainable and shared prosperity.

EARTH’s educational model is unique. The University was conceived and established as an institution of higher education focused on the learner and the learning process.  Aspects of the program that make it distinctly different from other institutions include an individualized admissions process based on non-traditional selection criteria, in which all short-listed candidates have personal and group interviews with EARTH faculty and staff.  Students are active participants in a highly experiential, integrated and multi-disciplinary curriculum that seeks to balance self-directed learning with teacher-directed learning. EARTH’s program focuses on nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit, concern for the welfare of the community, and strong environmental ethos in every student.  Finally, the development of values and personal responsibility is emphasized and there is an expectation that graduates will “go back and give back” to their countries of origin.

Over the past three decades, the University has consolidated an established platform for rural leadership education that has provided holistic undergraduate education in agricultural sciences and natural resources management to more than 2,300 graduates from 41 countries around the world (including 16 African nations).  Nearly 90% of EARTH’s students come from rural areas, all of whom study thanks to full or partial scholarships.

EARTH has received African students since 2000 and has established collaboration with multiple African tertiary institutions and others, and through this work has become a respected partner in efforts to assist universities in better meeting the needs of their students and society.

In March 2018, EARTH launched its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan under the leadership of its new President and following extensive consultations with the entire EARTH community and many external stakeholders.  As EARTH aims to significantly grow the impact of the University and extend its reach to millions of rural people, it will strengthen relationships with graduates in order to increase shared impact in graduate communities across developing countries and regions. The renewed partnership with MCF, including the Fellowship Program, offers EARTH an important opportunity to grow its impact in Africa through its growing network of graduates.

The Opportunity

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, EARTH is launching a Fellowship Program in Africa to support graduates with yearlong placements to secure productive economic livelihoods for themselves, create opportunities for dignified employment for others, and to realize their potential as change agents for the future of Africa. The Fellowship Program has been developed in recognition of the challenges inherent in the transition from university to the world of work, particularly for graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Program, which will initially be open to EARTH’s African graduates and eventually to African graduates from all Mastercard Foundation partner institutions, will be offered along four tracks:

  • The Agricultural Employment Track will provide opportunities to establish a foothold into careers in the future of agriculture and food systems.
  • The Agricultural Education Track will provide placement opportunities in secondary education and with technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.
  • The Agricultural Innovation through Science and Research Track will place graduates interested in careers in agricultural research in organizations, universities and other institutions.
  • The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Track is designed for graduates who seek to launch their own market-based endeavors focused on innovative solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development.

The Director, together with two additional colleagues to be selected and with assistance from key EARTH staff members, will be responsible for strengthening existing partnerships and developing new ones for Fellowships placements, coordinating a support program for Fellows including mentorship, periodic convenings, on-line support services and other activities and project administration.  The Fellowship office will be located in Africa. Further detail on key responsibilities is provided below.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the roll-out process for the new Fellowship program;
  • Together with key EARTH staff, recruit two additional team members to collaborate in the launch and management of the Fellowship Program;
  • Identify, cultivate and formalize partnerships for Fellowship placements;
  • Organize periodic Fellow convenings in Africa with tailored content to support Fellows in their professional development;
  • Coordinate the selection process for Fellows and the annual cycle of the Fellowship for the first 8 cohorts of Fellows;
  • In coordination with EARTH’s Communications and Alumni offices, oversee the dissemination process for the Fellowship opportunity, both among EARTH graduates and later among all MCF partner institution alumni;
  • In coordination with EARTH’s Learning Director, capture and register data regarding Fellowship participants and analyze and distill learnings that serve to enrich the program and report on its impact;
  • Oversee the financial and operational management of the Fellowship Program, including stipend payments to Fellows and general administration in Africa;
  • Prepare periodic grant reports to share progress and key updates on the program with the Mastercard Foundation.
  • Collaborate with peer institutions and contribute to the broader discussion about youth entrepreneurship and employment in Africa.
  • Contribute to the growth and long-term sustainability of the program.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required; Spanish, French and Portuguese proficiency is a significant plus
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills and experience working in multi-cultural environments
  • Initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Experience in starting up new programs from scratch, flexibility and persistence in managing unknowns and change. Build on Fellowship design and implementation that has already begun
  • Ability to manage a small team and work effectively with University departments and across geographies to advance the goals of the program
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines with accuracy and a strong results orientation
  • Detail-oriented, with strong planning skills
  • Interest in working closely with young people and supporting their professional development
  • Passion for and personal commitment to the mission and values of EARTH University
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Africa (required); knowledge of agricultural education and sustainable development (preferred)
  • Ability to think strategically and leverage African knowledge and learning mindset
  • Willingness for extensive international travel, including trips to EARTH University in Costa Rica.

EARTH offers:

  • A values-driven organization with a compelling mission
  • An opportunity to impact the lives of young people
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • A unique professional and personal learning opportunity

Application Process:

  • Please send a current CV and a letter explaining your interest in the position and why you believe you are uniquely qualified for the position to

University of Zambia: Call for Applications to Masters and Doctoral Studies for 2019/2020

African Countries have continued to face growing challenges related to infectious diseases in both human and animal populations. As a way of increasing capacity to tackle these challenges on the continent, the Zambian Government obtained a loan from the World Bank for the creation of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA) at the University of Zambia (UNZA), School of Veterinary Medicine. The mandate of the Centre is the delivery of high quality research and training at MSc and PhD levels to smart, highly motivated and ambitious scientists in Africa, so as to reduce the identified critical shortage of skilled human resource in the prevention and control of infectious diseases on the continent.

The School of Veterinary Medicine boasts of the finest biomedical research facilities on the continent ranging from Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 to BSL 3 laboratories. The school also has a BSL 2 cell culture and an Animals Biosafety Level (ABSL) 2 laboratory. UNZA also boasts having highly qualified researchers and scientists who are able to offer quality student supervision and mentorship in a range of research areas. Additionally, student supervision will be done in collaboration with other internationally recognized scientists from within the continent and beyond. ACEIDHA is looking for highly qualified and motivated young African scientists interested in research in infectious diseases under the themes given below, that will culminate in obtaining MSc or PhD qualifications from the University of Zambia.

This training programme will empower graduates with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of livelihoods of people, including animals and the environment, and ultimately contributing to the attainment of some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with UNZA strategic plan, ACEIDHA is committed to the principle of gender equality and equal opportunities for all including individuals with physical disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds (We believe in equal opportunities for all). Through the funding received from the World Bank, ACEIDHA will offer scholarships (full or partial depending on circumstances) for the period of study at the University of Zambia, to deserving applicants meeting the selection criteria and whose proposed research areas will be in line with its mission and vision. Students with other sources of funding or those who can sponsor themselves are also encouraged to apply. Download ACEIDHA Call For Applications For Masters and PhD Studies For 2019 2020 Academic Year

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