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


Hon. Dr. Zerubbabel Mr. Nyiira 

By Zenon Niyomwungere

Au cours de cette réunion, l’un des étudiants qui ont été formés par RUFORUM appelé Chimwemwe Chamdimba qui travaille maintenant à l’agence de coordination du NEPAD a déclaré que RUFORUM formé dirigeants. Ella a ajouté que RUFORUM continue à s’entraîner comme après leur formation. Elle nous a donné des conseils, vous avez besoin de nous pour être des leaders dans notre société, nous acceptons la responsabilité de faire la différance dans ce que nous faisons dans la vie de tous les jours pour faire un changement.

Nous avons également eu l’occasion d’entendre l’honorable docteur Zerubabel M.Nyira, ministre d’État au ministère de l’Agriculture de la République de l’Ouganda, qui nous a raconté comment il a joué dans sa carrière scientifique. Avec son expérience, il nous a donné des conseils qui peuvent nous aider à réussir dans la vie, je voudrais citer quelques-uns dans lequel il a énuméré. Read More

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