Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture turns 10


Written by: Senior University World News writer Munyaradzi Makoni

This article has been reproduced from the University World News website as part of the stories that were covered during the 4th Biennial Conference.

Prof. Levi Martin Nyagura: RUFORUM Board Chair  (Left), H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace: Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (center) and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu: Executive Secretary - RUFORUM (Right)

Prof. Levi Martin Nyagura: RUFORUM Board Chair (Left), H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace: Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (center) and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu: Executive Secretary – RUFORUM (Right)

Budgeting woes hit European-funded mobility schemes
The managers of Africa’s intra-ACP exchange programmes say that organising a large number of mobile students on the continent is a logistical nightmare. Worse, students complain of lack of research funding. Too many factors were not considered when European-funded mobility schemes were conceptualised for implementation in Africa.

Agriculture training key to meeting continental needs
Higher education in agriculture must provide training that allows Africa to feed itself, accommodate women, advise policy-makers, make use of innovative technologies, multiply fully trained researchers and turn research results into practice. This was the central message from the biennial meeting of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, RUFORUM.

New science blueprint for agriculture takes shape
New directions for harnessing science for agriculture to meet goals in innovation and social transformation have been proposed in a plan to promote efficiency and productivity in agriculture.

Producing postgraduates for sustainable development
An Education for Sustainable Development in Africa initiative with a three-pronged masters programme is helping to build the next generation of researchers and leaders skilled in sustainable development. The project, supported by Japan and involving eight universities in five African countries, has kicked off after years of planning and development.

Piloting graduate studies in post-conflict countries
The return of peace after civil war has provided an opportunity for three universities in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar to rebuild agriculture expertise by establishing three postgraduate training programmes.

Boosting African agriculture with open access
African universities should work towards establishing open access policies, to enable their research to be more accessible to the wider scientific community.

Mentorship portal to deliver market-ready graduates
A regional platform to train and mentor university graduates could produce highly skilled people who meet the demands of the agriculture industry by 2016. Research to develop the platform, which is being led by Egerton University in Kenya, started in February this year.

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