En collaboration avec les gouvernements du Cameroun, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Ghana, du Malawi et du Mozambique, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et le Forum Régional des Universités pour le renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM) s’activent conjointement à lancer un appel à propositions dans le cadre du programme régional d’appui à l’enseignement supérieur agricole pour une transformation des systèmes agroalimentaires en Afrique (SHAEA). L’appel officiel sera lancé vers la fin du mois d’Août 2018. La présente annonce fait partie du processus de préparation en prélude au lancement du dit projet, à être approuvé par le Conseil du Groupe de la Banque mondiale (GBM) en juin 2019. L’objectif ici est d’informer d’avance les universités des cinq pays mentionnés qui pourraient être intéressées à devenir des Universités Régionales d’Ancrage (URA) à travers un processus compétitif, et à préparer conjointement avec leurs partenaires, des propositions en réponse à l’appel à projet à venir. Le projet SHAEA vise à développer les ressources humaines compétentes et nécessaires pour accélérer la transformation des systèmes agroalimentaires en Afrique.

Il s’agira de renforcer (i) l’enseignement et la formation dans le secteur de l’agroalimentaire à travers des approches transdisciplinaires, l’apprentissage
expérientiel et la recherche appliquée dans certaines universités d’ancrage; (ii) les liens universitaires avec le secteur agricole aux niveaux régional et national – les priorités, besoins et parties prenantes du secteur; et (iii) des partenariats entre universités et entités privées ou publiques du domaine de l’agroalimentaire tant à l’intérieur qu’à l’extérieur du continent. Le projet SHAEA est un projet d’envergure régionale conçu
grâce à un investissement de la BM en appui à l’enseignement supérieur en Afrique. Il complète les autres projets d’investissement régionaux tels que les projets des centres d’excellence pour l’enseignement supérieur ainsi que les projets agricoles régionaux WAAPP et ECAAT. La conception du projet a été possible à la suite d’une série de consultations avec les parties prenantes concernées en Afrique, y compris les gouvernements, les établissements d’enseignement supérieur et le secteur privé. Six domaines critiques en termes de compétences requises pour une transformation des
systèmes agroalimentaires, ont été identifiés:
1. Agrobusiness et entrepreneuriat
2. Systèmes agroalimentaires et nutrition
3. Innovation rurale et extension agricole
4. Gestion des risques agricoles et changements climatiques
5. Analyse de la politique agricole
6. Analyse statistique, prospective et gestion des données

Le projet SHAEA aidera les gouvernements des pays participants à relever ensemble les défis liés à ces domaines, et ceci grâce à: (a) la sélection d’universités régionales d’ancrage (URA) à travers un processus compétitif et transparent impliquant des établissements d’enseignement supérieur existants dans les pays participants, ayant des capacités en agriculture au niveau du second cycle, et montrant un fort potentiel
pour relever les défis régionaux et nationaux définis; (b) l’appui aux URA sélectionnées à travers le renforcement des capacités en leadership et gestion, la conception des programmes transdisciplinaires, d’entrepreneuriat, les partenariats avec des entités publiques et privées, et la sensibilisation et vulgarisation agricoles; permettant ainsi à ces URA de fournir des formations de qualité et produire des recherches appliquées répondant aux besoins du secteur agricole; c) la mise en place d’un esprit de bonne
collaboration et de partenariat entre établissements d’enseignement supérieur et autres instituts de formation supérieure avec le secteur agricole; d) la transformation des URA sélectionnées en centres régionaux d’innovation et de formation pour susciter un véritable impact sur le développement; et e) la promotion d’un esprit orienté vers les résultats, et de responsabilité dans la gestion institutionnelle à travers un mécanisme de financement basé sur les performances. En tant que projet d’envergure régionale,
le projet SHAEA sera piloté par un Comité Régional de Pilotage (CRP) comprenant des représentants des gouvernements des pays participants, et géré par une Unité Régionale de Coordination (URC) – RUFORUM. Les URA seront sélectionnées au sein des pays participant au projet, et ceci à travers un processus compétitif et transparent. L’appartenance au réseau de RUFORUM n’est pas un critère d’éligibilité. Toutes les propositions soumises répondant aux critères d’éligibilité seront évaluées par un comité
indépendant, mais la décision finale reviendra au comité régional de pilotage. Les universités intéressées doivent remplir les conditions d’éligibilité ci-après:

  1. Appartenir à l’un des pays participants bénéficiant du financement de l’AID
  2. Avoir été établi légalement 10 ans au moins (public ou privé), avec au moins 5 promotions dediplômés de niveau Master
  3. Offrir des programmes de niveau Master (et aussi de préférence de niveau Doctorat) dans les domaines liées à l’agro-alimentaire, et de préférence dans l’un des domaines clé identifiés
  4. Avoir au moins un partenariat régional fonctionnel et actif dans le domaine de l’agriculture
  5. Avoir démontré un effort continu en termes de réforme/changement pour une meilleure institution
  6. L’acquisition d’espace n’est pas une nécessité si des travaux de construction seront financés dans le cadre du projet
  7. Si une université gère déjà un Centre d’Excellence agricole, elle peut toujours postuler si le domaine proposé pour l’université d’ancrage n’est pas le même que celui du Centre d’Excellence agricole.
  8. Une seule proposition devra être soumise par université

Pour plus de détails Projet d_Appui à l_Enseignement Superieur Agricole pour une Transformation Final_French

  • Trouver version anglaise here

In collaboration with the Governments of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, and Mozambique,the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are jointly preparing the launch of a Call for Proposals for a regional program of Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food Transformation in Africa (SHAEA). The official call is expected to be launched by the end of August 2018. This is part of the preparation for a proposed investment project expected to be reviewed by the World Bank Group (WBG) Board by June 2019. The purpose of the pre-call for proposals announcement is to inform in advance universities from the above-mentioned five African countries and their partners which are interested in becoming a regional anchor university (RAU) through a competitive selection process under the project and plan to jointly prepare applications in response to the upcoming call which will have more details.

The proposed SHAEA project is intended to develop competent and relevant human resources required to accelerate agri-food system 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; (ii) university linkages to the agricultural sector
at both the regional and national levels – its priorities, needs and stakeholders; and (iii) university partnership with private and public entities related to agri-food both within and outside Africa. SHAEA is part of the WBG’s significant investment in human capital in Africa with a regional emphasis that complements other regional investment projects such as the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence projects, the West African Agricultural Transformation Project (WAATP) and the Eastern and Central African Agricultural Transformation Project (ECAATP). The concept of the proposed SHAEA project has been developed through broad consultation with relevant stakeholders in Africa including governments, tertiary education institutions and the private sector.

The following six key gap areas in terms of knowledge and skills required by agri-food systems transformation in the region have been identified:

  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

The proposed SHAEA project will support the governments of the participating countries to collectively address challenges in these regional key gap areas with interventions of: (a) selecting Regional Anchor Universities (RAU) through a competitive and transparent process from among existing higher education institutions in participating countries that have agricultural capacity at the post graduate level and that show strong potential to help address regional challenges in the defined key gap areas taking into account
national priorities; (b) strengthening these selected RAUs through capacity-building in leadership and management; development of transdisciplinary programs, entrepreneurship and faculty; partnership with public and private entities; and outreach to the agricultural sector; thus enabling the RAUs to produce quality and relevant training and applied research that meets the needs of agricultural sector; (c) establishing a strong culture of collaboration and partnership between higher education institutions and other tertiary education institutions with the agriculture sector; (d) the selected RAUs to become theregional hubs for innovation and training and to instigate real development impact; and (e) developing a culture of results-orientation and accountability in institutional management through a results-based financing mechanism. As a regional project, SHAEA will be governed by its Regional SteeringCommittee (RSC) including of representatives of the governments of the participating countries and facilitated by its Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) – RUFORUM.
RAUs will be selected within participating countries through a transparent and competitive process. Universities do not need to be RUFORUM members to apply. All submitted proposals that meet the eligibility criteria will be evaluated by an Independent Evaluation Committee and the RSC will make the final selection decision. Interested universities should meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be from one of the participating countries which have International Development Association(IDA) funding availability.
  2. Has had at least 10-year’s history of establishment legally (public or private) with at least 5 cohorts of graduates with Master’s degrees
  3. Offer postgraduate programs at the Master’s level (preferably also at the PhD level) in areas related to agri-food systems with preference given to institutions that are active in at least one ofthe identified regional key knowledge gap areas
  4. Has at least one existing active and functional regional partnership in the area of agriculture
  5. Demonstrated on-going effort in reform/change for institutional improvement
  6. No land acquisition needed if civil works are expected to be financed under the project
  7. If a university has an existing agricultural Africa Center of Excellence (ACE), it can apply as long as the proposed focus area for becoming a RAU is not the same as what is already supported by the agricultural ACE
  8. Only one proposal per university can be submitted

For more details and criteria of how to submit proposals, please download SHAEA Pre-call for proposals announcement Final

  • Find French version here
  • Portuguese version……Coming soon!

 


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Dr. Egeru and Dr. Runyararo visiting the potato gardens at Baraka Collage of Agriculture

In the lush green rolling hills of Molo in Kenya lies Baraka Agricultural College, an exemplary Agricultural Technical Vocational and Training (ATVET) institution whose focus on nurturing skilled, relevant and market ready graduates is visible. Baraka Agricultural College prides in its competence based training approach that it executes in a range of training offerings including: Diploma in horticulture producer, Diploma in entrepreneurial agriculture, Diploma in sustainable agriculture and rural development, Certificate in horticulture producer,  Certificate in agripreneurship, Certificate in agripreneurship, Certificate in dairy farm management, Certificate in fishery technology, Certificate in bee keeping, and Certificate in sustainable agriculture and rural development. These course offerings respond to the market needs at local and regional level, especially the need for hands-on graduates that service agricultural production operations.

Baraka Agricultural College works with several partners including universities. Through a partnership with Egerton University in implementing the project on “Enhancing Access to High Quality Seed Potato for Improved Productivity and Income of Smallholder Farmers in Nakuru County”, the college has once again demonstrated the unequivocal role the ATVETs play in agricultural and rural transformation. This project is financed through the Community Action Research Programme Plus (CARP+) competitive grants mechanism of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). In under one year of engagement, on a three acre piece of land, the college harvested 400 bags of clean seed potato. Part of this seed has served as foundation seed that has now been planted on a five acre piece of land. The farm operations have become self-sustaining as some of the potato bags were sold to finance clean seed production.

While this intervention appears to be simple, within the college and beyond, it is ‘a gold star turn around’ response from the college; demonstrating the working effectiveness of the partnership between universities and ATVET institutions. To Ms. Virginia Nyamu, the Principal of the college and her staff, the partnership with Egerton University and RUFORUM has delivered for the college on several fronts; i) staff and students are having opportunity for enhanced practical sessions; ii) Baraka Agricultural College is responding to actual need in the community in terms of the shortage of clean potato seed; iii) this intervention has positioned the college for investment by other development partners including the Government of Kenya through the ‘Big Four Agenda’ with a focus to promote production of potato; one of the three key food and income security crops in Kenya; iv) the project has elevated awareness among staff and management for the sustainability of farm operations and the need to increase their entrepreneurship programmes within the college.

Owing to the success of the first harvest of the seed potato and the subsequent expansion from three to five acres, Ms. Virginia Nyamu has applied for a 100 acre piece of land from her Board. As a Catholic faith based institution, the church has this land within the area. This is part of the college’s response to heightened demand for clean potato seed. The small first harvest of 400 bags, has attracted immense requests from farmers and traders in potato seed, unfortunately their stock has run out in a short while!

Potatoes

Some of the potato products

This partnership between Egerton University, RUFORUM and Baraka Agricultural College, is also developing National Occupational Standards for Pig Producer Assistant Level 3 and Level 4 in partnership with industry, experts and Curriculum Development Accreditation and certification Curriculum (CDACC). This is hoped to be translated into a competency based curriculum that will be available to strengthen the capacity of pig producers to support the production of high quality pork in Kenya. This initiative is financed through the RUFORUM Technical Skills Development Programme (TESDEP). Both the Potato CARP+ project and the Pig Occupation Standards development are part of the ‘Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)’ a RUFORUM’s Vision 2030 flagship programme currently financed by the mastercard foundation.

 

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