Tag: RUFORUM Alumni

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

Mrs Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a RUFORUM PhD scholar, shares her doctoral Journey as midcareer woman and a mother


As I and my active toddler daughter boarded the flight from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, I felt nostalgic at first for leaving my family and friends behind, and fear of the unknown. As I got to Kigali International airport, I became anxious of how to manage my work-life balance. As the airplane touch-down at Entebbe International airport, I was determined to succeed … Read More Mrs Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a RUFORUM PhD scholar, shares her doctoral Journey as midcareer woman and a mother

Skilling graduates to support multidisciplinary research – RUFORUM trains 100


The Master of Science Degree in Research Methods hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is one of the six collaborative regional master’s degree programmes established by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Launched in 2009, the programme was established in response to the large unmet demand in the labour market for professionals skilled in agricultural research … Read More Skilling graduates to support multidisciplinary research – RUFORUM trains 100

Enhancing Collaboration and Quality in Postgraduate Training: Joint Module Training Delivery in RUFORUM Regional Programmes


In its efforts to strengthen the quality of post graduate training programmes and partnerships, RUFORUM and the member universities are using a combination of innovative approaches in the curriculum design and delivery of the regional postgraduate training programmes. A case is the RUFORUM multidisciplinary PhD programme in Agriculture Rural Innovation (ARI) which is hosted simultaneously by three RUFORUM member universities (Makerere University- Uganda, Egerton … Read More Enhancing Collaboration and Quality in Postgraduate Training: Joint Module Training Delivery in RUFORUM Regional Programmes

Engaging smallholder farmers in cassava value addition in Northern Uganda through community engagement approach


By Sam Elolu[1] Cassava is a key staple in Uganda and is increasingly gaining popularity as an income generating crop. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture has engaged university-based research teams to generate innovations and solutions to constraints along the cassava value chain. This storyline features one of the graduate students working with a research team at Gulu University that is … Read More Engaging smallholder farmers in cassava value addition in Northern Uganda through community engagement approach

Working with the communities to address child malnutrition: experience of a young researcher


One year after completing my undergraduate studies at Gulu University in 2013, I enrolled for a Master’s in Food Security and Community Nutrition at the same university with a scholarship from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) through their Graduate Research Grants (GRG). The unique design of the masters’ programme that includes a component of community engagement, in line with … Read More Working with the communities to address child malnutrition: experience of a young researcher

From community psychologist to agricultural change agent: Margaret Gumisiriza’s story


Studying community psychology nurtured my innate dream to become a change agent in the community. By the time I completed my undergraduate degree in 2009, this dream was strongly ingrained in my aspirations. My resolve to make an impact on peoples’ livelihoods was strengthened when I worked with farmers in Masaka and Ngora districts in Uganda on projects implemented by the National Livestock Resources … Read More From community psychologist to agricultural change agent: Margaret Gumisiriza’s story

Alumni Stories from our Alumni: I set up my farm to inspire others


Dr Apollo Kasharu, a university don in agribusiness, does not want to preach what he cannot practice so he has decided to do it practically. He is also a FORUM/RUFORUM alumni. He shared his story with Otushabire Tibyangye. I decided to practice agriculture to inspire people and improve livelihoods of rural communities. With this, I hope to turn around the fortunes of many, both … Read More Alumni Stories from our Alumni: I set up my farm to inspire others

Building the Capacity of the Next Generation of Scientists for Africa: RUFORUM’s Hand into the Future


Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics University of Nairobi RUFORUM has had a history of lifting many scientists from a position of great need into one of hope. It is as though the future suddenly stretches before you and you feel capacitated to dream and take that next bold step forward. This is what exactly describes the feeling that we now have upon receiving the … Read More Building the Capacity of the Next Generation of Scientists for Africa: RUFORUM’s Hand into the Future

Meet RUFORUM Graduate Research Student, Mzengereza Kumbukani


Walking in the corridors of Mzuzu University after having been awarded a scholarship by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to study for a Master of Fisheries science degree was a dream come true for me as l had been yearning for the opportunity.  What is more fascinating is the experience I have had interacting with the farmers at community … Read More Meet RUFORUM Graduate Research Student, Mzengereza Kumbukani

RUFORUM Alumni: Entrepreneurial Agricultural Graduate Linking to Smallholder farmers


In January 2015, Titus Kisauzi graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension Education (MSc. AEE) from Makerere University. His MSc training was funded through a RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant under the Project “Understanding the Gender dimensions of the impact of climate change on agriculture and adaptation among small holder farmers in Uganda.” Towards completion of the training program, he had been contracted as … Read More RUFORUM Alumni: Entrepreneurial Agricultural Graduate Linking to Smallholder farmers

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