Tag: Food Security

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

My research got me into a USAID funded Project


Aliet Mmbone Ugada is Kenyan student studying MSc Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University with support from Mastercard Foundation through RUFORUM. She shares her journey and transformation thus far, from the two weeks orientation in Egerton University in Kenya, the change and adjustments in Uganda and the cultural shock that came with it and the research that got her in cooperated into … Read More My research got me into a USAID funded Project

Africa’s population explosion bad news for future food security


Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally. That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The … Read More Africa’s population explosion bad news for future food security

Global Food Security Conference: Submission of Abstracts


Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 May 2017 Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the following themes and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system. Food creation Food safety and bio security Food loss and waste Food in a changing society Food utilization Download the thematic matrix Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which … Read More Global Food Security Conference: Submission of Abstracts

New Program: Masters in Food and Nutrition Security starting in 2016


A new cross faculty interdisciplinary MSc, starting in 2016 Departments of Food Science, Agricultural Economics and Human Nutrition Stellenbosch University Why do MSc Food and Nutrition Security? Food and Nutrition Security studies are complex and multidisciplinary by nature, with human livelihoods at the core. The MSc (Food and Nutrition Security), taking a broader, more comprehensive approach, will train specialists capable of functioning in a … Read More New Program: Masters in Food and Nutrition Security starting in 2016

Integrating nutrition into the curricula of agriculture education institutions


Join this Ongoing Discussion This discussion aims to explore how to integrate nutrition into the training of agricultural workers, what components to include and what results to expect in terms of improving nutrition. To stimulate a debate on this important topic, the facilitator Mebit Kebete Tariku proposes to reflect on the following questions: What’s the role of agricultural colleges and higher education in promoting … Read More Integrating nutrition into the curricula of agriculture education institutions

RUFORUM Convenes stakeholders to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) on 15-16 September, 2015 convened a stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa Priority One. This was a follow up of the earlier meeting in March, 2015, where the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Coordinating Agency … Read More RUFORUM Convenes stakeholders to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa

Graduate Research Grant Program: Request for Applications


Application Deadline: The Fall 2015 application deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying* … Read More Graduate Research Grant Program: Request for Applications

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

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  

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