390,000 euros earmarked to enhance capacity in fisheries and aquaculture
Two RUFORUM member universities have received a grant of 390,000 euros from the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPPEAR) to implement a higher education academic partnership for enhancing capacity in research and training in fisheries and aquaculture. The two universities, Makerere University and the University of Eldoret, will work with other partner organizations including the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research to implement a three-year project titled “Strengthen regional capacity in research and training in fisheries and aquaculture for improved food security and livelihoods in Eastern Africa (STRECAFISH)”.
Through the project, academic staff and graduate students will be equipped with knowledge and skills in developing and implementing innovations to address key constraints in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The partnership will engage over 20 academic staff and researchers, and train three PhD and six master’s students from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
STRECAFISH will be coordinated by Makerere University, under the leadership of Dr. Peter Akoll of the College of Natural Sciences, together with focal persons  in the partner organisations. RUFORUM will engage as an associate partner to backstop multi-stakeholder innovation platforms as well as provide opportunities for linking and disseminating project outputs to the wider RUFORUM Network which spans 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This project will compliment several other RUFORUM supported initiatives that have effectively engaged academic and non-academic stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, resulting in improved productivity and enhanced incomes and livelihoods.
 Focal persons for the STRECAFISH Project are: Makerere University – Dr. Peter Akoll, (firstname.lastname@example.org); University of Eldoret – Prof. Boaz Kaunda ( email@example.com); University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, BOKU – Drexler Silke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, EIAR– Dr. Adamneh Dagne Admassie (email@example.com); RUFORUM – Dr. Paul Nampala, firstname.lastname@example.org).