Tag: Agribusiness

Winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition Announced


Kampala 06 October, 2018 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 23 winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition.  The competition attracted a total of 1,332 applicants from 42 African and 4 non-African countries. The following process was undertaken to identify the top 23 winners for the 2018 cohort: All 1,332 applications were screened … Read More Winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition Announced

Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.


The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to submit business proposals for support in accessing: Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals, Agri-business incubation services and mentorship Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities The proposal can be on an existing businesses/start-ups run by youth with a view of … Read More Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.

RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2018 is now open


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 85 Universities in 35 African Countries, is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business … Read More RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2018 is now open

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

Realising the potential of Africa’s hidden talent


Much of agriculture in Africa is in the hands of poor, scattered populations served by inadequate infrastructure for agricultural research, outreach and training. The national institutions serving agriculture often lack the capacity to undertake research and technology transfer on a meaningful scale. In addition, much work undertaken in Africa is lost as a rapid turnover of staff (a consequence of poor working conditions and … Read More Realising the potential of Africa’s hidden talent

On vocational approach in university education: Is it the way to go?


The loyal non-critical civil servants that the university was set up to provide to the colonial administration and subsequently to the new independent state is no longer in demand. So, the design of higher education in Africa is increasingly out of sync with the labor market demands. Is it high time that universities considered a more vocational approach to their undergraduate education. Universities must … Read More On vocational approach in university education: Is it the way to go?

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

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

ICRA – Scholarship Application is Open for Professionals in Agricultural Education, Research and Agribusiness: March – May 2017


Application deadline (for scholarships): 19 October 2016 Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 13 – 31 March 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands As a professional in tertiary agricultural education you are expected to prepare competent graduates for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services … Read More ICRA – Scholarship Application is Open for Professionals in Agricultural Education, Research and Agribusiness: March – May 2017

Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition


Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016 The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for 10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and … Read More Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Enhancing the role of Universities in Agribusiness through linkages with society


Experiences from the Agribusiness Enhance Project FED/2013/320-100 RUFORUM is an Associate Partner for the project “Strengthening Universities Capacity to Enhance Competitiveness of Agribusinesses in East and West Africa – Agribusiness Enhance in short,” an Edulink project grant number FED/2013/320-100. The project brings together agribusiness educators and researchers from Egerton University, Kenya, ;Mekelle University, Ethiopia; Gulu University, Uganda; University of Port Hartcourt, Nigeria and University … Read More Enhancing the role of Universities in Agribusiness through linkages with society

eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates


e-Capacities is an online marketplace for the supply and demand of capacities in strategic human capital formation. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments. eCapacities connects training providers, workplaces and graduates and allows them to interact with each other … Read More eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates

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