RUFORUM Launches crowd funding campaign to raise scholarship funds for African students


Photo credit: Compass Magazine, William J. Holstein

Photo credit: Compass Magazine, William J. Holstein

The Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) today launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to train African graduate students within Africa to transform African agriculture.

Under the theme “Sponsor a student, Sustain Africa’s agriculture” the campaign seeks to spread far and wide, RUFORUM’s cause of training a critical mass of innovative graduates to champion agricultural transformation in the continent. Through the campaign RUFORUM will scale up its effort over the last 10 years that has helped to train over 1,200 MSc and 212 PhD students, of whom 42% are females, through its innovative post-graduate training programmes. Moreover, RUFORUM supports research linked to addressing the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusiness, with a focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable systems which has generated over 300 agricultural technologies, reaching over one million small holder farmers across Africa.

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African Universities meet to strengthen agricultural research and training


Deans Meeting during AGM

Above: Hon John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry opening the Deans Meeting

Government of Namibia Minister, Hon John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, hosted a meeting of over 50 African Vice Chancellors, 70 Principals and Deans, Policy makers and government representatives from over 24 African Countries to discuss the role of universities in feeding Africa. Africa’s population is expected to more than double to 2.4 billion by 2050[1]. Food insecurity, poverty and hunger will become wider challenges unless critical interventions. Are undertaken.

The meeting was under the Umbrella of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and hosted by Professor Lazarus Hangula, Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia.

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RUFORUM Expands Its Mandate to now 55 member Universities


Above: University of University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), receive their membership certificate

Above: University of University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), receive their membership certificate

At its meeting held today 29th August 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia, RUFORUM Annual General Meeting formally approved the expansion of its membership to West Africa, thus ratifying the admission of University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) to its membership.

The meeting further admitted seven Universities as full member universities of RUFORUM network, namely, University of Khartoum (Sudan), Jimma University (Ethiopia), Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Kenya), University of Fort Hare (South Africa), University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa), and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Uganda. Additionally Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Peace University (Sudan) and .Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) were admitted as Associate Member Universities, increasing the number of member universities from 42 to now 55 in 22 countries.

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RUFORUM Celebrates Outstanding Champions: The IMPRESSA Awards


IMPRESSA 2015/2016

Above: Overall award winner for IMPRESSA 2015/2016, Professor Olive Mwihaki Mugenda, receives her award from Professor Levi Nyagura

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the outstanding champions for Agricultural Transformation in Africa. The 2015/2016 awards winners were presented and honoured during the closing ceremony of the RUFORUM’s 11th Annual General Meeting held in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-29 August 2015.

Once every two years since 2009; following a decision made by the RUFORUM board of Trustees, RUFORUM recognizes professionals in African Universities who are dedicated to strengthening higher education in Africa, in terms of university leadership and management, teaching and carrying out research focused on improving rural livelihoods in Africa.

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