Tag: Youth

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

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

Lauréats de la deuxième édition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains


Kampala 06 Octobre, 2018 Le Forum Régional des Universités pour le Renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM) a le plaisir d’annoncer la liste des lauréats de la 2eme Edition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs Africains. Des 1332 propositions reçues de 46 pays (42 en Afrique et 4 hors du continent), 23 projets ont été sélectionnés à travers le processus suivant: Une évaluation rapide des … Read More Lauréats de la deuxième édition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains

Winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition Announced


Kampala 06 October, 2018 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 23 winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition.  The competition attracted a total of 1,332 applicants from 42 African and 4 non-African countries. The following process was undertaken to identify the top 23 winners for the 2018 cohort: All 1,332 applications were screened … Read More Winners of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition Announced

Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.


The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to submit business proposals for support in accessing: Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals, Agri-business incubation services and mentorship Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities The proposal can be on an existing businesses/start-ups run by youth with a view of … Read More Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.

My Ten Year Journey with RUFORUM, A Life Changing Opportunity


Starting my Journey with RUFORUM When the RUFORUM job adverts were placed in 2008, the opportunity to serve an African led organisation motivated me to apply and work at the RUFORUM Secretariat. I was very nervous. This largely was due to my inexperience in the field of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). I recall vividly when asked by the panel why I should be … Read More My Ten Year Journey with RUFORUM, A Life Changing Opportunity

Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities


Africa has been described by Mckinsey, as ‘Lions on the move’ to describe the growth in the consumer sector in many of its countries and its tremendous potential. Much has been achieved, as indicated by the remarkable economic growth indexes, albeit from a low starting point. The Continent however, continues to lag behind in several development indices, including rampant hunger and poverty in several … Read More Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities

The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies


The RUFORUM ‘Vision 2030’ outlines a proposed agenda for how African universities within the network intend to position themselves to improve agricultural higher education, science, technology and innovation in Africa by the year 2030. The ambition of the agenda is to harness the discovery, engagement and learning of vibrant transformative universities to catalyse sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. … Read More The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies

Investments in Youth and Science to combat Hunger in Africa


The African Union has announced 2017 as the year to invest in the demographic dividend of the continent – “its youth”. Two hundred and twenty-seven million of the world’s chronically hungry live in Africa. This translates to approximately 30% of this group globally. Seven out of ten people living in sub-Saharan Africa are farmers (compared to that of the United States, where the ratio is … Read More Investments in Youth and Science to combat Hunger in Africa

Wealth of Opportunity for Youth in Agriculture


New technologies, expanding populations, urbanisation and more varied diets all coalesce to set the stage for opportunities that will enable Africa to take advantage of its youth dividend and meet the aspirations of Agenda 2063, “The Africa We Want”. The current world agrifood system is inadequate – 815 million people hungry, 2 billion micronutrient deficient, and 700 million obese (108 million children) and yet … Read More Wealth of Opportunity for Youth in Agriculture

Investing in Africa’s Young population to drive the Continent’s Agenda


According to the United Nations report, by 2050, there will be an increase of 1.3 billion in Africa’s population. Africa’s growth is expected to move from 1 to 4 billion people. Forty-five percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is below the age of fifteen, yet over the next two decades, 330 million young Africans will be entering the job market looking for work. How prepared … Read More Investing in Africa’s Young population to drive the Continent’s Agenda

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

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