Tag: South Africa

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

Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme for Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia


         The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for … Read More Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme for Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia

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

From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience


I, Mr David Ekepu, was born in a rural area of Eastern Uganda in what is now called Amuria district but spent most of childhood in Pallisa district where my father was working as a secondary school teacher. I attended pre-university education in the same area and only moved out of Eastern Uganda to join Makerere University – located in Central Uganda. During my … Read More From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience

New Publication: Top Eight Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from South Africa


RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development in this respect. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the revolving fund implemented in some member universities. RUFORUM believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration … Read More New Publication: Top Eight Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from South Africa

Mac Maharaj on Mandela and South Africa


When we look back on the life and times of Mandela several attributes stand out. He was a man of action. By Mac Maharaj Nelson Rohlihlala Mandela, endearingly known among us as Madiba, once wrote that “Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind, not even their names. It would seem that they never … Read More Mac Maharaj on Mandela and South Africa

Strengthening University-Private Sector Partnerships in Agriculture – The Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week


Over 600 delegates, including 300 graduate students, 60 university Vice-Chancellors, policy makers, development partners and several delegates from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and America will convene at the Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week during the week of 17-21 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Key Speakers confirmed for this conference include; Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, The President of … Read More Strengthening University-Private Sector Partnerships in Agriculture – The Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week

COMMUNIQUÉ: 12th African Crop Science Society to be held in South Africa


The Council of the African Crop Science Society (ACSS) regrets to inform that the 12th ACSS Conference which was previously slated for Abuja, Nigeria, from 12 – 15 October 2015, has been cancelled due to unforeseen challenges. The Council thanks the local organizing committee for their efforts towards the organization, support and fund raising for the Conference; and apologies for any inconveniences caused. The … Read More COMMUNIQUÉ: 12th African Crop Science Society to be held in South Africa

QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA


Written by: Engela Duvenhage from Stellenbosch University Where studies and research in agriculture and forestry are concerned, Stellenbosch University (SU) ranks as the most sought after and influential institution in South Africa. It is also ranked among the top 100 institutions worldwide in these fields, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU is considered one of the world’s elite institutions … Read More QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA

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