Tag: University of Nairobi

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

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

My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)


By Dr. Koech Oscar Kipchirchir, RUFORUM-ICRISAT postdoc student In 2017, I was awarded a Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA) by RUFORUM to support my field attachment internship at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Kenya. My research interest was on utilisation of sorghum as a source of food and feed in an integrated production system. The main focus was … Read More My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)

Empowering young intellectuals to tackle Tanzania’s agricultural development challenges-Case of Eliafie Mwanga


Mr. Eliafie Mwanga, a Tanzanian, completed his MSc in Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering in 2015 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with funding from the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI). iAGRI is a USAID Feed the Future Project aimed at strengthening training and building collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) with the goal … Read More Empowering young intellectuals to tackle Tanzania’s agricultural development challenges-Case of Eliafie Mwanga

Enhancing Staff Mobility: 13 Graduate Teaching Assistants Placed


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has facilitated placement of 13 staff members from member universities through an innovative program called Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). So far 6 member universities are among the first pilot host universities for the GTA program. The host universities include Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR, Malawi), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Makerere University … Read More Enhancing Staff Mobility: 13 Graduate Teaching Assistants Placed

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

PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists


By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB] “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change on forage resources in Karamoja, in northeast Uganda. Karamoja is … Read More PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

University of Nairobi to bid for a center of excellence


The University of Nairobi (UoN) will join other regional universities in bidding to host one of the centres of excellence being funded by the World Bank. This was revealed during a consultative meeting between The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The World Bank African Higher Education Centres of Excellence initiative will meet the demand … Read More University of Nairobi to bid for a center of excellence

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