Universities of Eastern and Southern Africa have taken a bold step to shift from outreach to engagement in agricultural research, training and development – a timely response to current development trends in agricultural research and training needs of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

The universities under the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 29 universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, are running the second of its three training workshops at Bunda College from 5th-9th November, 2012. The workshop is aimed at imparting Action research skills to the 30 participants which include lecturers, students and their stakeholders. This workshop will also feed into Community Action Research Program (CARP) – Fish project which is working with 68 fish farmers for enhanced fish production and Marketing in Dowa and Mchinji Districts, Malawi.

The first workshop which took place from 30th July to 3rd August 2012 was aimed at aligning the universities teaching, research and outreach programs towards industry-responsive practice based on experiential Learning.

The three workshops have been planned and are being implemented by Bunda College, Moi university School of Agriculture and Biotechnology in Kenya, Makerere University in Uganda and the Wagengen University and Research Centre (WUR) in the Netherlands. The workshops facilitators are Dr Conny Almekinders from Wagengen University and Research Centre (WUR), the Netherlands and Dr Prossy Isubikalu from Makerere University, Uganda. This is one of the projects by RUFORUM that is supported by European Union (EU).

Blogpost by: Msekiwa Matsimbe, NEPAD Regional Fish Node


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  1. Jefferson Bastian November 15, 2012 at 16:47 Reply

    I found something similar elsewhere and really liked. Some more of this please! Thanks very much

  2. Fervil October 10, 2014 at 05:56 Reply

    Engagement, research, training and development are really a great factor for the improvement and success of agriculture. These factors could really improve the individuals work when it is applied to the field/ farming. Im really impressed and informed at the same time to this article! Kudos to the author!

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