Apply Now: Africa Center of Excellence (ACE) AFRICA for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation

The recently established Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation (Climate SABC) at Haramaya University in Ethiopia, with financial support from the World Bank, provides a new opportunity for African students to enroll in a transdisciplinary post-graduate study conducted by a truly global faculty in one of the following programs:

  1. MSc in Climate Smart Agriculture
  2. MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management
  3. PhD in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation

Applications can be submitted to the following addresses up to 31 May 2017 for the first batch. Applications will be accepted also in the subsequent years.

Click here to read more: Haramaya ACE Climate SABC Brochure.

Call for Postgraduate students admission for 2017/2018: LUANAR

Bunda Campus
Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish)

World Bank (WB) has embarked on a project which is called Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE II) whose aim is to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern Africa higher education institutions to deliver quality postgraduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the regional priority areas clustered as follows: Industry, Agriculture, Health, Education and Applied Statistics.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, is hosting the Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish) whose main objective is “to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the production of high skilled fit-for-purpose critical mass of agricultural scientists for improved aquaculture and fisheries management in order to enhance food, nutrition and economic security in Eastern and Southern Africa”. Specifically, the AquaFish intends to achieve the following, a) train critical mass of MSc and PhD graduates who are competent to create innovations that will revolutionize the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, b) enhance capacity of the center of excellence to attract national and regional students and train world class scientists that are relevant to industrial and developmental needs in the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, and c) Improve innovations/technologies for increasing fish production, value addition and marketing, through partnerships.

The centre is employing innovative, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary approaches to training, research and outreach on production, value addition and fisheries management, through strategic partnerships. AquaFish Centre builds on LUANAR’s track record of serving as a regional training centre in aquaculture and fisheries science for Africa including Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as evidenced by hosting the AU-Aquaculture Working Group, NEPAD SanBio Fish Node, Afri-fish Net. AquaFish intends to undertake the project holistically by looking at the whole Fish value chain, hence a multidisciplinary approach. Read more.

Seasonal Greetings from RUFORUM


The RUFORUM Secretariat appreciates your continued support and wishes you a Happy Holiday as we look forward to more fruitful partnerships in 2017.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

RUFORUM partners with AWARD to Strengthen Leadership skills for Research Scientists and University staff in Africa

AWARDThe Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture  (RUFORUM) in partnership with the African Women in Agriculture and Research Development (AWARD) aims at strengthening improved gender practices within the RUFORUM Network and jointly organizing leadership and management training courses. A gender awareness leadership and management training conducted annually is one of the activities under this partnership.

It is within this context that AWARD in collaboration with RUFORUM conducted a Leadership Programme for Agriculture Research and Development (LEPARD) training workshop at Bingu International Conference Center, Umodzi Park Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi on 4 -9th July 2016.  This training workshop followed other two LEAPARD courses earlier hosted in Nairobi (2014) and Uganda (2015), respectively under the same RUFORUM/AWARD collaboration geared towards building capacity in gender mainstreaming in Africa. Specifically, the just concluded LEPARD training in Malawi drew participation from 11 Africa countries – namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

LEPARD focuses on strengthening Agricultural Rural and Development Institutions through provision of role model leadership and innovative expert facilitation based on core values of inclusiveness, performance, transparency, integrity, and efficiency. The course targets mid-level management staff from Agricultural Research and Development Sector such as National Agriculture Research Systems, Universities, and International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs).

DSC_1238The LEPARD training in Malawi was officiated by Dr Jean Kalilani, the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and  Social Welfare. In her remarks, Dr. Kalilani thanked the organisers for the life changing course.  She indicated willingness by her Ministry to partner with AWARD and RUFORUM to organize a similar training for female scientists and parliamentarians in Malawi.

AWARD representative Ms Dorothy Mukhebi, the Deputy Director Programmes, valued the high level presence, commitment and support from the Malawi Government and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) during the training.  AWARD has provided a total of 42 fellowships to Malawi for the past years in building the capacity of scientists.

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