Tag: innovation

University of Free State catalysing quality and increasing profitability of the wool value chain among small-scale farmers in the Free State


The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension submitted a proposal, “Building Competitiveness for communal farmers through developing the wool value chain in the Free State Province of South Africa”, as a bid for a project to The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture. The proposal was selected and the grant was awarded to the Centre.  Subsequently Dr Jan W Swanepoel, … Read More University of Free State catalysing quality and increasing profitability of the wool value chain among small-scale farmers in the Free State

Innovation Challenge: Disruptive Agricultural Technology (DAT) by Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank, Uganda


Background The Government of Uganda (GOU), through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) received a 150m dollar fund from the World Bank towards the cost of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP). The project objective is to raise on-farm production, productivity, and marketable volumes of Beans, Rice, Maize, Cassava and Coffee, in specified geographical clusters, making up 42 districts. During its … Read More Innovation Challenge: Disruptive Agricultural Technology (DAT) by Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank, Uganda

Lauréats de la deuxième édition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains


Kampala 06 Octobre, 2018 Le Forum Régional des Universités pour le Renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM) a le plaisir d’annoncer la liste des lauréats de la 2eme Edition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs Africains. Des 1332 propositions reçues de 46 pays (42 en Afrique et 4 hors du continent), 23 projets ont été sélectionnés à travers le processus suivant: Une évaluation rapide des … Read More Lauréats de la deuxième édition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains

Statement from RUFORUM Executive Secretary at the Joint Meeting of the SADC Ministers responsible for Education, Training, Science, Technology and Innovation


Professor. Adipala Ekwamu the Executive Secretary of  the Regional universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has today made remarks about RUFORUM’s contribution to SADC during the closing of the joint meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Education, Training, Science, Technology and Innovation in Durban South Africa. Read the full statement below

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

Goodwill Message from RUFORUM to the Association of African Universities (AAU).


The Association of African Universities Inaugurated an East African Regional Office in Khartoum, Sudan on 14th March 2018. Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM delivered a good will message during the occasion. Read the complete message below.     Goodwill Message from Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary RUFORUM to the Association of African Universities (AAU) on occasion of the Inauguration of the East African … Read More Goodwill Message from RUFORUM to the Association of African Universities (AAU).

Scholarships: Intra – Africa Academic Mobility Program Msc, PhD and Staff Scholarship


OVERVIEW The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility program, six African partner institutions and one EU Technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to strengthen fragile ecosystems (FE) management in Africa, which will lead into reduced environmental degradation and sustained food production by small-scale farmers. Partners … Read More Scholarships: Intra – Africa Academic Mobility Program Msc, PhD and Staff Scholarship

Press Release: Six RUFORUM member Universities among top 17 ranked African Universities


With increasing pressure from university stakeholders and beneficiaries for universities to demonstrate value for money invested in Higher Education, universities are consistently striving to do their best to visibly show their relevance to the public. University ranking, though controversial, remains the common means of informing the public where they should get the ‘best’ education. To this end, RUFORUM strives to build capacity of its … Read More Press Release: Six RUFORUM member Universities among top 17 ranked African Universities

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.


The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since its launch by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognized 33 entrepreneurs, who … Read More BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

RUFORUM: An Innovative Mechanism for engaging African Universities for Development


Prologue: The promise of Africa, as a vibrant strong player in the global economy, remains steadfast, especially, after an impressive 15-year period of steady economic growth. During that period, per capita GDP surged to an average of 3%. However, more recently, this remarkable upturn in the continent’s development fortunes, have diminished, raising concerns about Africa’s renaissance. Nevertheless,  the continent, through its vision 2063, the“ … Read More RUFORUM: An Innovative Mechanism for engaging African Universities for Development

Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa


I write this article as a young African woman with a passion for her continent and a hunger for innovation. As I attended one of the pre-events of the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, I happened to sit in one of the side events in which the Provost for EARTH University, Dr Daniel Sherrard shared the vision of EARTH University with … Read More Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa

Press Release: Announcing Recognition Award Winners 2017


During the just concluded RUFORUM 13th Annual General Meeting in Malawi this week, RUFORUM recognised individuals making a contribution in transforming their communities and institutions. A total of ten (10) awards were given during the official opening ceremony here in Lilongwe, Malawi. As a Network, RUFORUM periodically recognizes individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to development in the continent, and to their … Read More Press Release: Announcing Recognition Award Winners 2017

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