Press release: RUFORUM and World Bank jointly launch “Call for Proposals” for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food Systems Transformation in six African countries


 Kampala, 31 August 2018. In collaboration with the governments of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and  Mozambique, and, The World Bank Group (WBG) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are pleased to launch the call for proposals for the regional programme for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food Systems Transformation in Africa (SHAEA).  The purpose of this Call is to invite universities from the above-mentioned six African countries, who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in becoming a Regional Anchor University (RAU), to submit applications in partnership with tertiary education institutions, including post-secondary agricultural vocational institutions and key agricultural sector actors, both public and private.

The SHAEA Project is intended to develop competent and relevant human resources required to accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa through strengthening (i) agri-food related education and training enhanced with transdisciplinary approaches, experiential learning and applied research at selected African regional anchor universities in six key gap areas; (ii) university linkages to the agricultural sector at both the regional and national levels; and (iii) university partnership with private and public entities related to agri-food both within and outside Africa. The six key gap areas are; 1) Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship; 2) Agri-food Systems and Nutrition; 3) Rural Innovation and Agriculture Extension; 4) Agricultural Risk Management and Climate Change Proofing; 5) Agriculture Policy Analysis; 6) Statistical Analysis, Foresight and Data Management.

Regional Anchor Universities will be selected from participating countries through a transparent and competitive process and do not need to be RUFORUM members. All submitted proposals that meet the eligibility criteria will be evaluated by an independent evaluation committee and the SHAEA Regional Steering Committee will make the final selection.

Download the complete Press release here Press Release. SHAEA Call English

More information on the Call can be accessed at www.ruforum.org/SHAEA/.

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