Tag: MasterCard Foundation

Promoting solar drying technology to reduce post-harvest losses among vegetable and fruit farmers in northern Uganda and West Nile regions


Kumi Peter Korsuk was one of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars supported through RUFORUM who graduated this year on 11th January with Msc in Agri-enterprises Development at Gulu University, one of the TAGDev implementing Universities. As a way of supporting some of the graduates to advance their research findings by interacting with communities, RUFORUM provided a financial award known as  The Field Attachment Program Award … Read More Promoting solar drying technology to reduce post-harvest losses among vegetable and fruit farmers in northern Uganda and West Nile regions

My community mobilization skills helped me create market linkages for increased Smallholder Pig Incomes in Northern Uganda


In 2017, I was among the first cohort beneficiaries of the Mastercard Foundation at RUFORUM Scholarship programme. During the nearly one month orientation training at Egerton University, we were tasked to develop personal purpose statements and “Creation of market linkages” was my personal purpose statement. I focused on this because growing up in a peasant’s household and in my rural communities, farmers complain of … Read More My community mobilization skills helped me create market linkages for increased Smallholder Pig Incomes in Northern Uganda

Cassava offers under exploited alternative livestock feeds to farmers in Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties, Kenya


My name is Elijah Mwangi, I have a background in Animal health undertaking MSc in Animal Nutrition and Feeds Sciences. After completing the mandatory course work for the degree at the University of Nairobi, I got lucky as one of the third cohorts for the RUFORUM funded CARP+ program under stewardship of Professor Mwang’ombe. My clear cut-out role was to look into the use … Read More Cassava offers under exploited alternative livestock feeds to farmers in Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties, Kenya

The origin or language of a student should not hinder access to higher education: Uniqueness of MCF-RUFORUM scholarship


Olivier Nihimbazwe grew up in rural north-western part of Burundi (Mabayi). Growing in a big sized family (12 children) under the care of a single mother. Luckily, this mother had much interest in education hence she always encouraged him and his siblings to study hard and perform well in class.  He shares his story of how the mastercard scholarship that he got through RUFROUM … Read More The origin or language of a student should not hinder access to higher education: Uniqueness of MCF-RUFORUM scholarship

Kerio Valley: A beautiful land with an amazing culture


By mugonya John  In September this year, I received communication from the International Crop Research Institute for Semi_Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) that my application for an internship placement had been successful. Getting an internship opportunity soon after defending my Master’s thesis at Gulu University, was exciting and double blessing. I looked forward to working with a multi-disciplinary team from various countries. I was selected to … Read More Kerio Valley: A beautiful land with an amazing culture

Experiences with Marakwet and Pokot Communities in Kerio Valley, Kenya


By Redempter Mbula Mutinda Marakwet and Pokot communities were not something new to my ears. No one who studied Social studies subject in Kenyan primary education would miss studying Nilotes and the Kalenjin tribe, sub-ethnic groups. All media houses in Kenya could at times highlight news about cattle raiding conflicts in Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot border along Kerio Valley. Despite being passionate … Read More Experiences with Marakwet and Pokot Communities in Kerio Valley, Kenya

Press Release: First Cohort of Masters students supported by Mastercard Foundation through TAGDev Graduate at Gulu University


Kampala 15, January 2020 The just concluded 15th Gulu University Graduation Ceremony which took place on 11th January 2020 in Gulu District, Northern Uganda was a special one to RUFORUM.  This was because 14 Students supported by MasterCard Foundation through the TAGDev project and the Nurturing grants at RUFORUM were conferred with degrees. The graduates who were from the Faculty of Agriculture were conferred … Read More Press Release: First Cohort of Masters students supported by Mastercard Foundation through TAGDev Graduate at Gulu University

Voices from the Field: Enhancing Potato and Cassava Value Chains Performance


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Egerton University and Gulu University in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation are implementing the “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev) Project”. The overall objective of the project is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, … Read More Voices from the Field: Enhancing Potato and Cassava Value Chains Performance

Gulu University hosts over 600 at the First National Agrienterprenurship Symposium


Prof. Ongeng the Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University said that Universities can no longer work in isolation, there is a critical need to build more synergies with other players such as TVETs, and private sector so as to enhance actual contribution of Universities to community transformation.  This was part of the wider call to action during the first Agrienterprenurship symposium … Read More Gulu University hosts over 600 at the First National Agrienterprenurship Symposium

RUFORUM trains Masters and PhD students from Gulu University on academic proposal writing and scientific data management


Under the auspice of the project “Transforming African Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Development (TAGDev)” with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organised a training on academic proposal writing and scientific data management for Masters and PhD students from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment from Gulu University. The training took place from 1st … Read More RUFORUM trains Masters and PhD students from Gulu University on academic proposal writing and scientific data management

Collaboration for youth business incubation: Bishop Stuart University partners with PUM Netherlands


Bishop Stuart University (BSU) in Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PUM Netherlands senior experts to gain from PUM’s expertise in setting up business incubators.  In this two-year agreement, signed in February 2019, BSU staff and students will benefit from capacity building activities offered by PUM. The two organisations will also jointly engage with small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), the wider business … Read More Collaboration for youth business incubation: Bishop Stuart University partners with PUM Netherlands

Egerton University hosts 2nd National Forum for agriculture stakeholders in Kenya


  The Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev) Programme at Egerton University held its second National Forum from 12th to 13th March 2019 in Naivasha, Kenya. With the key objective of creating and promoting linkages between agricultural education, training, labour markets and policy makers, the National Forum brought together participants from several universities, Technical and Vocational Education … Read More Egerton University hosts 2nd National Forum for agriculture stakeholders in Kenya

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