Tag: Smallholder Farmers

Inspiration from Malawi Aquaculture Research: My Passion for Fish Brought to Reality


By Rebecca Mwima I am Rebecca Mwima[1] a graduate from Makerere University. I have 4 years work experiences in administration which I gained from Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) where formerly I worked as an Administrative Assistant. Through one of RUFORUM engagements with stakeholders, I got an opportunity to participate in a tour to the aquaculture research centre of Lilongwe … Read More Inspiration from Malawi Aquaculture Research: My Passion for Fish Brought to Reality

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems


The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively1. Apart from the provision of technical knowledge, which is the traditional focus of higher education, … Read More The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

ICT Enabling University Engagement with Smallholder Farmers


Many African countries especially those in sub-Sahara Africa are endowed with abundant natural resources, ideal for the development of sustainable agriculture.  It is worth noting that nearly 80% of populations in sub-Sahara Africa depends on agriculture as the main source of livelihood of which, over 70% of these farmers are smallholder farmers. On top of abundant natural resources, African higher education sector is rapidly … Read More ICT Enabling University Engagement with Smallholder Farmers

RUFORUM recognizes outstanding Malawian Young Scientists and Farmers


During the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, the RUFORUM Secretariat awarded outstanding scientists and farmers from Malawi for their exceptional work and contribution to agricultural development. Outstanding Lead Farmers in Malawi Five farmers from within Malawi were awarded for their outstanding work and leadership in farming in Malawi. These farmers were nominated by the local partners in Malawi and represented all regions … Read More RUFORUM recognizes outstanding Malawian Young Scientists and Farmers

RUFORUM-USADF collaboration to create opportunities for underserved communities in Africa


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized and participated in the 2017 Global Workshop of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Held at the University of Maryland, the workshop was funded through a grant from USADF, a U.S. Government agency established to support African-owned enterprises, which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities on the continent. Over 80 participants … Read More RUFORUM-USADF collaboration to create opportunities for underserved communities in Africa

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

Seasonal Greetings from RUFORUM


The RUFORUM Secretariat appreciates your continued support and wishes you a Happy Holiday as we look forward to more fruitful partnerships in 2017. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Partnership to transform agricultural education


By Munyaradzi Makoni, University World News A ground-breaking partnership between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and The MasterCard Foundation is aiming to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. It is seeking to transform agriculture into a vibrant sector linked to African universities that can produce high-performing graduates and high-quality research. The eight-year programme backed with US$27.1 … Read More Partnership to transform agricultural education

Testimony of career opportunities for young scholars in agricultural sciences


By Lijalem Gebrewahid, PhD Student at Mekelle University I was born and raised in Shire-Endaslassie, a town in the  Tigrai Region of Northern Ethiopia. My love for agriculture must have been borne out of my experience of growing and caring for plants in the backyard of our home during my childhood. After completing high school, I went on to study a Diploma in Plant … Read More Testimony of career opportunities for young scholars in agricultural sciences

Reaching the farmer


Several discussions on Thursday last week were dominated by conversations around the best ways of connecting with farmers. Keynote speaker Prof Patrick Okori (ICRISAT) told delegates despite the increased reach of communication technology, over 500 million people are not benefiting that much from agriculture due to limited access to relevant information and market knowledge, adding: “The farming landscape has not changed, despite technological changes … Read More Reaching the farmer

Business as Usual in Agriculture is no option


Deputy Executive Secretary Dr. Moses Osiru presented members with the Secretariat’s report highlighting the past year’s achievements. Notably, this included RUFORUM’s support of more than 120 Masters Students and close to 100 field attachments, reaching over 5000 smallholder farmers. Osiru also highlighted operational improvements that include strengthening internal ICT systems and the development of a communication strategy – one of the results being an … Read More Business as Usual in Agriculture is no option

Women farmers in Eastern Uganda reap big from cassava processing


By Stanslus Okurut and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Under their group the Popular Knowledge Women’s Initiative (P’KWI), women farmers in Soroti District, Eastern Uganda, are reaping big from processing fresh cassava roots into High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF). Lack of access to adequate and sustainable markets has been a perennial challenge of cassava farmers in Eastern Uganda -the … Read More Women farmers in Eastern Uganda reap big from cassava processing

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