Tag: TAGDev

Education is a change catalyst


Aipa Grace Bekah is a second year TAGDev student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelors of degree in Agricultural Education and Extension. The second born in a family of three hails from Turkana County, Northern Kenya; a pastoral community. She believes in education as the only equalizer. She was brought up by her grandmother alongside other thirteen grandchildren. School uniform, books, shoes were a luxury … Read More Education is a change catalyst

[Issue 62] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa


Daily Maverick Our universities need to change for an as yet unimagined future (South Africa) South Africa needs to build national capacity for an economy that needs skills that are radical and complex. In order to facilitate this, we need to ‘decolumnise’ campuses from the grand colosseums to a vibrant, insightful, smart network of decentralised partners.  Here is something that should scare and excite … Read More [Issue 62] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya


Having grown and brought up in western part of Kenya, where cassava is one of the major foods and a week cannot go without ‘Ugali’ made from cassava and sorghum this was my first encounter with the Kenyan coast. I had higher expectations and according to the stories I have been since my childhood about the people in the Kenyan coastal region. This ranging … Read More Farmer Misconceptions of Cassava Diseases, Income and Food Security Opportunities from Cassava Production in Coastal Kenya

My field work experience in Karamoja- Uganda, demystified stereotypes about the region


Elizabeth Nderitu is a Kenyan and a beneficiary of the Mastercard-RUFORUM postgraduate scholarship given through RUFORUM and placed at Egerton University, one of the implementing Universities.She is from Cohort l pursuing a masters in of Science programme in Community Studies and Extension, She shares with us her research and placement story

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

Learning with and from smallholder cassava farmers of Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties, Kenya


Being raised in the Kenyan coast, cassava roots is amongst a familiar food that I had interacted with as breakfast, lunch and supper in most cases. Cassava production practices are less since now that I used to be sent by my mother to source them at Bomani (Likoni) or Kongowea market. The memorable part for me with cassava is during its peeling because I … Read More Learning with and from smallholder cassava farmers of Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties, 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

Gulu University partners with Bobi Community Polytechnic and ZOA to train 60 out-of-school youth


With nearly 80% of youth in northern Uganda unable to attain higher education, this large population of out-of-school youth requires competences to participate in gainful economic activities. Gulu University, in a joint initiative with Bobi Community Polytechnic, a community-based Technical and Vocational Education and Training institute (TVET) and ZOA, an international relief and recovery organization, has responded to the call for universities to play … Read More Gulu University partners with Bobi Community Polytechnic and ZOA to train 60 out-of-school youth

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

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

FAO and RUFORUM link students and local communities for enhancing sustainable agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Africa


In 2018 the Regional Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) implemented the Community-Based Field Attachment Award (CFAPA) program, which was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for promoting youth support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular, SDG2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. CFAPA program is designed … Read More FAO and RUFORUM link students and local communities for enhancing sustainable agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Africa

Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports hails Mastercard Foundation for their support to Uganda


Reeta Roy the President and CEO of Mastercard Foundation on 4th January 2019 met a delegation from Makerere University, RUFORUM and Ministry of Education and Sports at the State House, Nakasero, Uganda.  The convener of the meeting was the First Lady of the Republic of Uganda who is also the Minister of Education and Sports. In her welcome remarks to Reeta Roy, the First … Read More Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports hails Mastercard Foundation for their support to Uganda

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