By Vanilla Amadeu

 

Na conferência participaram estudantes, docentes e outros, das cerca de 42 Universidades de 19 países africanos membros da RUFORUM, sendo algumas das quais a Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Universidade Kenyatta, Universidade de Makerere, Universidade de Eldoret.A mesma tinha como lema: “celebrando a contribuição das universidades e parceiros para o desenvolvimento agrícola da África”. O objectivo era de os participantes reflectissem sobre o papel da agricultura para o Continente africano onde mostra-se necessário o investimento por parte dos governos na área, de modo a que possa contribuir significativamente para o crescimento económico.

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Prof Alidipala o chefe de RUFORUM com alguns participantes.

Portanto, estiveram governantes de alguns países participantes, e não só, com o destaque para Reitor da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Orlando Quilambo, o Secretário Executivo da RUFORUM, Adipala Ekwamu, A Presidente da Comissão da União Africana, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, docentes e estudantes das Universidades membros da RUFORUM. Read More


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By Pauline Atim
I had the opportunity to attend the Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) meeting at the #RUFORUM@10 when it called a number of stakeholders including university deans, vice-chancellors, policy makers, lecturers and students to discuss strategies to strengthen the research-training-farmer continuum and the youth agenda in the SADC region. The event was overall interesting and intellectually stimulating as I heard different standpoints and suggestions concerning agricultural research for development (AR4D).

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Dr Yemi Akinbamijo FARA’s Executive Director

By Jackline Nnam

If the world were to be re-sized according to science output, Africa, the world’s second largest continent in area and population, would disappear. This is worrying for Africa’s development, considering that science and technology is essential for economic and social transformation of any society. Science provides the basic ingredient, the “DNA helix”, for many disciplines including agriculture.

With agriculture as the key driver of most economies, Africa is focusing on transforming its agricultural sector to leap frog in development. To achieve this a lot of emphasis has been placed on development and adoption of technologies to enhance productivity. Without a critical mass of scientists on the continent, this may remain a dream.

Africa’s low science output is partly due to its low number of scientists. With the declining popularity of sciences versus arts courses in schools the situation could worsen. Moreover, agriculture as a discipline is more at risk as students do not find it attractive enough and opt to join other disciplines. Cases abound of students who study agriculture as a last resort because they could not get admission to more prestigious courses like engineering and human medicine. This leaves a very huge capacity gap in the agriculture sciences. Read More

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