Ruforum vira espaço de troca de experiências na área da agro-educação


By Cacilda Sitoe

A quarta conferência do RUFORUM que decorre na capital moçambicana vai ao seu segundo dia. A extensão da educação e da formação superior: um elo que permita que a ciência agrícola responda às necessidades dos pequenos agricultores foi pano de fundo de uma das sessões.
A conferência foi uma oportunidade de troca de experiências e descobertas entre líderes de várias associações e organizações baseadas em diferentes países que trabalham para o desenvolvimento da agricultura africana. Continue reading

Ciência e Tecnologia para o melhoramento da agricultura em África


By Vanilla Amadeu
A ciência e a tecnologia foram temas que mereceram atenção dos panelitas no terceiro dia da Conferência da RUFORUM. Em relação ao assunto, o Secretário Executivo da FARA, Yeni Akinbamijo, referiu que agenda da ciência para o desenvolvimento da agricultura em África ajudou-a a identificar o tipo de ciência de que precisa.

Assim, a ciência, a tecnologia, as inovações, a política e a aprendizagem social, a fim de cumprir suas metas de transformação agrícola. Segundo ele a finalidade de uma Agenda para a Ciência é de advogar o reconhecimento da importância da ciência na transformação da agricultura em África, fornecer orientação sobre onde devem ser feitos investimentos estratégicos na área científica, bem como facilitar o alinhamento de acções e recursos para melhorar o valor para o dinheiro em investimentos. Continue reading

Climbing up trees or sitting on shoulders?


GraciaBy Richard Powell

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than one-third of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa aged between 10 and 24.  By 2025 the number of young people in this age group in the sub-region is expected to increase to 436, and to 605 million by 2050.

For many, there is a dichotomy in how the future role played by this significant percentage of the continent’s population is seen: on the one hand, among the pessimists it is that of a ‘ticking time bomb’ waiting to explode; among the more optimistic, it is that of a generation of opportunity.

Traditionally, in many parts of Africa there has been a negative perception of the capabilities of the young, with an expectation that they should defer to the wisdom and experience of their elders.  As I listened to the charismatic humanitarian, and former Mozambican Minister for Education, Graça Machel, deliver her keynote address on women and children in Africa to the 4th RUFORUM Biennial conference, I recalled some illustrative, adverse traditional sayings:
“What an old man sees sitting down, a young man cannot see standing up” (from the Ibo ethnic group, Nigeria).
“An old man sitting on a stool can see farther than a young man who has climbed a tree” (from the Kikuyu ethnic group, Kenya).

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Knowledge is becoming a matter of life and death in this era


By Victoria Mbiggidde

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There is s a saying : “Knowledge is power” however for Africa, knowledge seemingly becomes a matter of life and death given its potential to lead to the transformation of the continent. Improved information organization and accessibility, more efficient collaboration in cross-divisional case teams, move from document storage to project management (task lists, calendars, links), real-time data collection, improved tracking and oversight – case and management level, more efficient decision-making, and reduced induction “learning-curve” for new staff are some of the endless benefits which come with having a knowledge management system and repositories established within agricultural organizations.

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From Invention to Innovation in African Agriculture


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Photo credit: ICRISAT / C. Wangar

By Catherine Mloza 

It was interesting to note that RUFORUM had a side session that addressed the issue of strengthening partnerships for research and higher education. By and by, it is  un-disputable that agriculture in Africa,greatly  depends on how successfully knowledge is generated, disseminated and applied. Traditional agricultural knowledge management systems models situate the role of knowledge generation (mainly technology development) in the domains of the university and research institutions. Extension, on the other hand, is entrusted with the role of knowledge dissemination, and farmers as end users of this knowledge. Continue reading