ICRISAT and RUFORUM meet to consolidate partnership for Agricultural Research and Human Capacity Development


Dr. David J. Bergvinson (Centre) with RUFORUM and ICRISAT staff at the RUFORUM Secretariat

Dr. David J. Bergvinson (Centre) with RUFORUM and ICRISAT staff at the RUFORUM Secretariat

The RUFORUM Secretariat was privileged to host Dr. David J. Bergvinson, the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Dr. Bergvinson was accompanied by Dr. Patrick Okori, Principal Scientist at ICRISAT Malawi, and Dr. Moses Siambi, the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, ICRISAT. This event took place on the 17th November, 2016 at the RUFORUM Secretariat.

Dr. Bergvinson’s visit to the Secretariat follows previous discussions between the CGIAR Centers and Sub-Regional and National Research Organizations in Africa. This discussions took place at the recently concluded fifth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, 17th – 21st October 2016.

During this visit, the two institutions agreed to explore collaborations in the a number of areas including; mapping out the agricultural human capacity needs in the RUFORUM and ICRISAT member countries; deployment of ICTs in agricultural training, research and extension; Intensifying research on Climate change especially climate smart agriculture, “orphaned” crops and nutritional security; establishing business incubation and entrepreneurship mentorship programmes and attachment of graduate students to ICRISAT research programmes.

The operationalization of the above focus areas will be guided by the existing Memorandum of Understanding signed by ICRISAT and RUFORUM in September 2014. These focus areas will build on PhD and MSc training and research internships currently being implemented by the two institutions. Click here to download the full press release.

Calls for proposals: Doctoral Regional Reserach Grants targeting Barley, Finger Millet, Pearl Meillet and Sorghum


Call ID: RU/2016/DRRG/ CGIAR
RELEASE DATE: 28th January, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30th April, 2016

This Call for Doctoral Research Grants is being sponsored and supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals and is designed to increase capacity for research on barley, finger millet, pearl millet, and Sorghum. Where appropriate the grantees are expected to work closely with ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) and ICRISAT (The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics) scientists. The awards are being made through Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) which will monitor and oversee the grant implementation process.

About the Call / Grant
This is to announce a Call for Applicants registered in RUFORUM Regional PhD Programmes for a Doctoral Regional Research Grant to support their doctoral research over two years. These doctoral research grants are to address issues that specifically affect barley, finger millet, pearl millet, and sorghum at any one point/s along the value chain from soil fertility to consumption including breeding, agronomy, marketing, processing and information dissemination for uptake.

It is a requirement that students applying for these grant must have completed and passed all their coursework. However, where there is a strong case for support, applications can also be submitted before the final examinations have been written, but no award will be made until all courses have been passed. Click here to download the full call.

RUFORUM Awards 67 Field Attachment Grants


Above from left to right: SHARE Students: Hanaa (Sudan); Liambila (Kenya); Moffat (Zambia); Olivier (Burundi), Maysoon (Sudan) graduated on 04 July 2015 in Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

Above from left to right: SHARE Students: Hanaa (Sudan); Liambila (Kenya); Moffat (Zambia); Olivier (Burundi), Maysoon (Sudan) graduated on 04 July 2015 in Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

RUFORUM has recently awarded 67 Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) grants to her students totalling to US $84,000. The Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) is one of the competitive grants program designed to provide graduate students supported by, and/ or associated with RUFORUM interventions at Member Universities to disseminate their research findings and recommendations to the communities where the research was undertaken through an internship arrangement that links them to community, industry, the private sector and policy and decision makers. By design, the field attachment awards are intended to encourage students to follow through with the dissemination of their research and enable them to link more closely with the agencies working in the area where their research was carried out.

The current round of FAPAs went to students in various countries drawn from various RUFORUM Regional MSc. Programmes. Further, the grantees were also drawn from four RUFORUM Intra-ACP Academic Mobility affiliated projects. Of the 67 awards, 64 were awarded to students under the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility projects implemented by RUFORUM Member Universities. The coordinators to the four programs who will work as mentors to the students are: Prof. Dintwa Edward of University of Botswana (Research Funds for students under Mobility to Enhance Training of Engineering Graduates in Africa – (METEGA); Prof. Banadda Nobel of Makerere University (Research Funds for students under Mobility to Enhance Training of Engineering Graduates in Africa – (METEGA); Prof. Rubaihayo Patrick of Makerere University (Research funds for students under Inter-University Cooperation to Train Crop Scientists for African Agriculture (CSAA); and Assoc. Prof. Paul Kibwika of Makerere University (Research funds for students studying under Sharing Capacity to Build Capacity for Quality Graduate Training in Agriculture in African Universities). It is hoped that this award will propel the mobility students to share their experiences and publish their research for international audience. Five of the 64 awards are to students that have just recently graduated from the first intake of a RUFORUM incubated and piloted Programme – the Masters in Agrometeorology and Natural Risk Management at Haramaya University. The Haramaya University Graduation Ceremony held on 4th July, 2015 was presided over by His Excellence Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia who also hooded and handed over Honorary Doctoral Degrees to His Excellence President Guelleh of Djibouti and Professor Gebisa Ejeta.

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RUFORUM awards six grants for Dryland Cereals Research


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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the recipients of Dryland Cereal Research grants and Research Internships (MSc and Doctoral Field Attachments). RUFORUM in collaboration with CGIAR is implementing the Dryland Cereals Programme responding to the new RUFORUM business strategic plan 2020 which aims to build capacity of new generation of scientists. This will be achieved through real experiences within systems and value chains, exposure realized in advanced science labs and high performing employment ready graduates.

In 2014 RUFORUM signed a memorandum of Agreement with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) to enable universities link with research institutions in order to build hands-on capacity of promising scientist in Africa through field attachments/ internships and collaborative research. Under this arrangement, graduates are expected to work on the research under the supervision of the university supervisor and CGIAR mentor who has expertise in the dry land cereal crop of their choice.

After a competitive and rigorous selection process, we are pleased to present to you the successful applicants for the dryland cereal fellowship programmes as per the categories below;

Research Fellowships for Doctoral Grants : A total of two Research doctoral grants have been awarded. The Doctoral Research grants aim at contributing to the student’s research, thesis preparation and dissemination of results to PhD students who are self – financed or sponsored and have successfully completed course work at a host university. The value of the scholarship is $15,000 per student.

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