Tag: Benin

Harvesting business growth from COVID-19 Pandemic: a young entrepreneurs’ experience


The health crisis caused by COVID19 has had negative impacts on the global economy. Nevertheless, it has allowed some small enterprises to boost their income. This is the case of Agro Food Business (AFoB), a small social enterprise in northern Benin. Founded and headed by an academician entrepreneur, Dr. Ir. Soulé Akinhola ADECHIAN, AFoB is involved in the production, processing and marketing of perishable … Read More Harvesting business growth from COVID-19 Pandemic: a young entrepreneurs’ experience

My motivation to start a business was to respond to society’s needs


Gad Simone Mahoussi Assocle was born in Cotonou, Republic of Benin and she hold a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology from National University of Agriculture of Porto-Novo (Benin). She is currently enrolled for a Masters of Science in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University in Uganda, funded by RUFORUM as part of the TAGDev program (Transforming African agricultural universities to significantly contribute … Read More My motivation to start a business was to respond to society’s needs

Fighting malnutrition among children aged 2-5,one pancake at a time


Melas Cayrol Adoko is Beninese by nationality and he completed a Master’s of Science in Food security and Community Nutrition from Gulu University (Uganda). As a key requirement for obtaining the Master’s degree, he, like other students was expected to successfully carry out a research for effective community transformation in relation to his course. For Melas, his research focused on “Improving the Vitamin A … Read More Fighting malnutrition among children aged 2-5,one pancake at a time

Watermelon production is profitable and rewarding


Jemima ALLA HOUESSOU, a Beninese by nationality and a former RUFORUM scholar under the Nurturing grant project completed a Masters of Science in Agri-Enterprises Development at Gulu University and Graduated on 11th January 2020. As a former RUFORUM scholar,  She applied for the field attachment (FAPA) award which is a competitive grant program aiming at supporting graduate students to link thesis research findings and … Read More Watermelon production is profitable and rewarding

The Post Doctoral Fellowship supported by Carnegie kick-started my career as a Scientist


As Dr. Eric completed his PhD, he needed a platform to begin his career as scientist. Most early career scientists have to travel abroad to hold a PhD position. Through the Carnegie supported Postdoctoral Fellowship, RUFORUM gave him the opportunity to begin research in his home institution and more importantly to build a research team and develop skills in supervision of graduate students. Wanting … Read More The Post Doctoral Fellowship supported by Carnegie kick-started my career as a Scientist

RUFORUM PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR PROF. ACHILLE ASSOGBADJO FROM BENIN WINS 2019 YOUNG AFRICAN RESEARCHERS AWARD


Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, has won the 2019 Young African Researchers Award.  He was selected for “authenticity and quality of scientific research in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The award was given to him by the Academy of Scientific research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt. The 2019 award was announced by the ASRT Council of the … Read More RUFORUM PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR PROF. ACHILLE ASSOGBADJO FROM BENIN WINS 2019 YOUNG AFRICAN RESEARCHERS AWARD

Recognising Excellence – RUFORUM IMPRESSA Awards Winners 2017


During the 13thAnnual General Meeting, RUFORUM recognized outstanding university scientists and leaders who have made significant contribution in the field of agricultural research and science for development in Africa, through the Impact Research and Science in Africa or IMPRESSA Award. The IMPRESSA Award, which is been run for the fourth round in 2017, recognizes outstanding university led contributions to development through agricultural research and … Read More Recognising Excellence – RUFORUM IMPRESSA Awards Winners 2017

Prof. Achille Assogbadjo recognized for his outstanding research contribution


Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, is one of 52 individuals nominated for their outstanding contributions as African researchers in 2017. Nominated by the institutions for which they work, the 52 nominees are acknowledged by the Africa Science Report for their phenomenal scientific work towards addressing poverty unemployment and inequality. Prof. Assogbadjo is particularly recognized for his efforts in sustainable … Read More Prof. Achille Assogbadjo recognized for his outstanding research contribution

New Publication: Top African Young Entrepreneurs from Benin


RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development in this respect. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the revolving fund implemented in some member universities. RUFORUM believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration … Read More New Publication: Top African Young Entrepreneurs from Benin

Academic Mobility Paves way for Young Scholar from Benin, West Africa


Eric Etchikinto Agoyi from Benin is a PhD student of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda. The PhD in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology is one of the postgraduate programmes piloted by the RUFORUM Network. Eric’s PhD scholarship is under the EU supported Intra-ACP SHARE s project. His nascent PhD research protocol focusing on “Genetic study of promiscuous nodulation in soybean” won him … Read More Academic Mobility Paves way for Young Scholar from Benin, West Africa

Consultancy Opportunities: Country Level Study on the Status of the Higher Agricultural Education Sector


Science, technology and innovation is critical for responding to the challenges of African agriculture and to elevate its performance and contribution towards economic development and poverty alleviation. Universities have a key role to play in producing the next generation of the African workforce, including researchers/scientists, extension and advisory service practitioners, input dealers and other development practitioners that are expected to generate, translate, extend and … Read More Consultancy Opportunities: Country Level Study on the Status of the Higher Agricultural Education Sector

Landmark move West: RUFORUM becomes continental organisation


At a prominent meeting of African Union (AU) officials and higher education actors from across the continent, held at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 23-24 November, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) announced a landmark operational move to Western Africa. As part of a consultation exercise with Deans and Principals of African … Read More Landmark move West: RUFORUM becomes continental organisation

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