Tag: Africa

Tweeting on about agriculture


Written by: Joan Apio- Communication Officer (RUFORUM) In a discipline that has existed for eons, there is a legitimate question: “Why should agriculture care about social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?” Michele Payn-Knoper, a self-described Community Catalyst, Advocate, Farm and Food Connector who established the US-based Cause Matters Corp., has a simple and powerful answer: “It’s really quite simple. Mass influence. … Read More Tweeting on about agriculture

Why consider Women in Agriculture Education?


Written by Maureen Agena – Social Media Consultant I was recently in Maputo, Mozambique attending the 4th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) biennial conference. RUFORUM is a consortium of 42 Universities across Africa and a platform for catalyzing change is African Universities.  I had gone for a consultancy to train young social reporters and journalism students in Mozambique who had … Read More Why consider Women in Agriculture Education?

The Future of Agriculture and Its Skills Requirements in Africa – In Response to the African Union Vision 2063


Written by Bongiwe Nomandi Njobe – Executive Director at Tiger Brands Ltd and RUFORUM Board Member As part of the celebrations to mark the 10 year anniversary of RUFORUM at the Fourth Biennial Conference held 21-25 July in Maputo, Mozambique, selected individuals provided reflections to RUFORUM network stakeholders. The following speech was delivered by Dr. Bongiwe Njobe, a member of the RUFORUM Board to … Read More The Future of Agriculture and Its Skills Requirements in Africa – In Response to the African Union Vision 2063

Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security


Written By Jon Spaull- SciDevNet [MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE] “Your granary will never be filled by your neighbour.” This is a Mozambican saying that was used by Graca Michel, member of International Panel of Elders and a former Mozambican minister of education, to illustrate the point that Africa cannot rely on outside help to achieve food security. It was a recurring theme at the Regional Universities … Read More Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security

Africa – defining its own path moving forward


Written by: Richard A. Powell – RUFORUM Communications Consultant Expressing his gratitude at the conferment of an honorary doctoral degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for his dedication to medical and scientific philanthropic activities in economically developing countries, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke of his commitment to the African continent, its responsibility in developing itself and the pivotal role played by agriculture. “The … Read More Africa – defining its own path moving forward

The Case for higher education in Africa – A lot remains to be done


Victoria Mbigidde, Catherine Mloza  Economists say that land, labor and capital are the key factors for production without which a farmer, small or large cannot do without. This is true and by far undisputed. However, over the past two decades, it is increasingly becoming apparent that knowledge is also a critical factor that can determine or affect in some way, agricultural productivity. For arguments’ … Read More The Case for higher education in Africa – A lot remains to be done

Seeing the big picture through the eyes of women  


By Richard Powell, RUFORUM Communications Consultant One of the enduring images of agriculture in Africa is that of the aging women, bent forward at the hip, using a rudimentary hand-held hoe to cultivate her nascent, subsistence crops, often constrained in her role by negative patriarchal cultural norms and values. This stereotype may be increasingly redundant as traditional gender roles and divisions slowly mutate with … Read More Seeing the big picture through the eyes of women  

A conferência Bianual do RUFORUM procura melhorar o sector agrário


  Arrancou na manhã de hoje em Maputo a cerimónia de abertura da conferência bianual do RUFORUM com lema ”Celebrando a contribuição das instituições de ensino superior e seus parceiros para o desenvolvimento da agricultura em África”. O painel constituído por Orlando Quilambo (reitor da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane), Graça Machel (Presidente do FDC), Adipala Ekwamo (Secretario Executivo do Ruforum), Nkosazana Dlamini (Presidente da Comissão … Read More A conferência Bianual do RUFORUM procura melhorar o sector agrário

Meet the Social Media team trained for #RUFORUM10


    Capacity building is at the heart of what RUFORUM does. For the last two days, RUFORUM with the help of 2 consultants: Maureen Agena, Ruth Aine Tindyebwa and Apio Joan [RUFORUM Communications Officer] has been training youth in agriculture in different social media aspects. They constitute the social media team that will take part in the 10 years celebrations of RUFORUM and … Read More Meet the Social Media team trained for #RUFORUM10

The 4th Biennial Conference covered on Social Media


By Armwell Shumba and Catherine Mloza “Youths prefer not to have a toothbrush for a day to a second without internet. ICTs have taken the world by storm especially young people under the age of 30, who constitute 50% of the world’s population.” Ruth Aine, Social Media Training Facilitator. The whole world has become a global village interconnected through ICTs via social media tools … Read More The 4th Biennial Conference covered on Social Media

Engaging youth in agriculture through ICT – Case in Point; Nigeria


    By Adebola Adedugbe, Farm Ideas Nigeria In Nigeria, agriculture is done more on subsistence level with low input and poor output. Agriculture is largely traditional and practiced by smallholders and pastoralists. This type of agriculture is predominantly rain-fed, has low yielding production and lacks access to critical information, market facilitation and financial intermediation. The role that ICT can play in addressing these challenges is … Read More Engaging youth in agriculture through ICT – Case in Point; Nigeria

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