Tag: Africa

Amidst the challenges, I am still on course to finish my PhD studies


My name is Abich Amsalu. I have been studying PhD in Climate Change and Bio-energy Development since September 2018 at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Nature Resources, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. To support my studies, I won a research grant from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) funded by the  Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project for … Read More Amidst the challenges, I am still on course to finish my PhD studies

I have spread my wings through RUFORUM scholarships


Growing up in DRC Bukavu town, with parents who believed in education being key to my future, has shaped who I am today. In our home region of Eastern DRC, we faced so many problems growing up due to different wars and rape of women. I had to struggle finishing my university education.  After finishing my undergraduate studies, I started working at my university … Read More I have spread my wings through RUFORUM scholarships

The journey to my PhD programme begun with my involvement in the SENTINEL Project


My name is Petan Hamazakaza , a PhD student at Copperbelt University, Zambia. I consider life as a journey that is characterised by phases of ups and downs. Growing up in a rural setting where social standards are so low makes one not to appreciate how the other side of society in urban areas is. At a tender age of 15 years I happened … Read More The journey to my PhD programme begun with my involvement in the SENTINEL Project

RUFORUM Has Given Life Line to My PhD Journey


My name is Jackson Bunyangha from Uganda. Having completed my MSc in Environment and Natural Resources at Makerere University, I was eager to further my studies in Environmental Science particularly in the field of wetlands but in a new environment. Thus, I secured an admission at the University of Nairobi to do my PhD in Hydrobiology. However, I had no idea about where I … Read More RUFORUM Has Given Life Line to My PhD Journey

Studying forestry made me realise my destiny


My name is Basiru Adeniyi Okanlawon, PhD student of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Brief about the study and aim.   My research is about Climate change and climate justice. My research study will answer this questions: a.            What kind of livelihoods, disaggregated by gender and marginalized groups, are obtained from different biophysical and socio-economic systems in the selected study sites? … Read More Studying forestry made me realise my destiny

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

[Press Release] RUFORUM awards eight Graduate Research Grants


Kampala 30th, November 2020 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 129 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the two year Graduate Research Grants  (GRGs) funded by the Governments of New Zealand and the Netherlands, in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA; https://globalresearchalliance.org/). The grants are aimed … Read More [Press Release] RUFORUM awards eight Graduate Research Grants

[Press release] FAO and RUFORUM renew Memorandum of Understanding


Kampala 23 November 2020 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), headquartered in Rome, on 24th October 2020, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) for another three (3) years. FAO Deputy Director General, Elizabeth A. Bechdol, signed the partnership renewal letter on behalf of FAO, while RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice … Read More [Press release] FAO and RUFORUM renew Memorandum of Understanding

I was offered an opportunity to provide advisory services to farmers


Before I benefited from a scholarship from the MasterCard Foundation that consequently improved my financial status, my family was landless. We had no source of ready income, and life was difficult. This situation was further complicated by the semi-arid nature of the Karamoja region where I come from, in North eastern Uganda. So, from the monthly stipend that I receive as a student at … Read More I was offered an opportunity to provide advisory services to farmers

After a successful harvest, I plan to start a demonstration farm


I lost my dad at a young age. With that, came the uncertainty of life. I wasn’t sure I could go to school or complete my education. I was taken to live in an orphanage—Redeemer Children’s Home in Moyo District, in the West Nile region of Uganda. From the orphanage, I attended primary and lower secondary school until I won a scholarship to study … Read More After a successful harvest, I plan to start a demonstration farm

I started a blog to share business tips


My name is Brian Amanya, a first-year student pursuing a bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at Gulu University. The programme is fully funded by the MasterCard Foundation under the Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev). Every day, I live by the vision of the TAGDev programme, which is to produce a cohort of African scholars who … Read More I started a blog to share business tips

My farm is now a demonstration centre for the community


Over the years, agriculture as a sector has improved the lives of many people who engage in it. This is what largely motivated me to venture into it. But I also wanted to undertake it on a commercial scale that benefits me and the community. Because most of the farmers in my community are engaged in growing maize, rice and beans, I also decided … Read More My farm is now a demonstration centre for the community

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