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By Catherine Mloza 

It was interesting to note that RUFORUM had a side session that addressed the issue of strengthening partnerships for research and higher education. By and by, it is  un-disputable that agriculture in Africa,greatly  depends on how successfully knowledge is generated, disseminated and applied. Traditional agricultural knowledge management systems models situate the role of knowledge generation (mainly technology development) in the domains of the university and research institutions. Extension, on the other hand, is entrusted with the role of knowledge dissemination, and farmers as end users of this knowledge. Read More


By Pauline Atim

                                              “Women should share success stories to bridge the gap of lack of role models in agriculture”

8.3 (24)Women have a tendency to think Agriculture is a man’s field. The fact that women make up a quarter of students in university agriculture programs is evidence enough to support this myth. This is quite ironic considering during the opening ceremony, a number of keynote speakers including Mrs. Graca Machel stated that women make better agriculturalists. Little attention is given to the roles women play in agriculture let alone, their specific needs and priorities.

 

The poor representation of women in higher education programs is due to some of the assumptions made about agriculture which include that it is ‘dirty’, ‘labor intensive’ and ‘not suitable for women’. This has contributed to the negative perceptions toward agriculture by women. Issues about girls dropping out of secondary school were also raised and the factors attributed to this include the social pressure to get married, girls not encouraged to take science subjects, lack of financial resources and career guidance. The main question asked during the session was: ‘How can girls be encouraged to join agricultural sciences?’. Read More


By Berta Madime

Uma das sessões da 4ª conferência Bianual da RUFORUM em Maputo teve como tema “Reforçando Parcerias em pesquisa e Educação Superior” e contou com a participação de Representantes de várias organizações a nível internacional.

Estas apresentaram o relatório completo das suas parcerias a nível interno e externo cada uma em seu respectivo ramo, sendo a educação, negócios ou agricultura. Ainda nesta sessão foram apresentados vários planos de parceria, de ensino e capacitação de mestrados e PhDs, oportunidades de negócio e convites para novas parcerias.
8.4 (7)O principais problema mostrado pelos representantes foi em relação a “quebra” das barreiras entre as organizações e o sector privado que tem mostrado-se renitente em cooperar com os pequenos agricultores. Outra idéia dividida por todos foi a de que África deve ser produtora de conhecimento e não simplesmente consumidora de ideias alheias. Quem assim afirma é Christoff Pauw da organização STIAS mostrando com estatísticas que África só partilha 1.8% do conhecimento que produz.

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