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Mobilizing University Capacity for Development Impact: the Case of RUFORUM - Prof Ekwamu Adipala, Executive Secretary, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

Mobilizing University Capacity for Development Impact: the Case of RUFORUM - Prof Ekwamu Adipala, Executive Secretary, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

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    • Mobilizing University Capacity for Development Impact: the Case of RUFORUM Prof. Adipala Ekwamu Executive Secretary RUFORUMFood Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, November, 2012
    • RUFORUM- The Change we Want High performing African universities that strive to produce skilled, proactive graduates, demand driven research output and innovation in response to regional and national agricultural development priorities. Increased Increased Influence RUFORUM becomesInfluence of of Regional Reference RUFORUM RUFORUM alumni PointUniversities
    • RUFORUM Strategic Goals 1. Capacity building (MSc, PhD, Post-doctoral & short courses) 2. Rationalized resource use for training & research 3. Innovative structures for training, research and outreach 4. Impact-oriented research in universities 5. Increase in the participation and voice of women in agricultural research, production and marketing 6. Increase the use of technology to support effective, decentralized learning and the sharing of knowledge 7. Advocacy, coordination & resource mobilizationFood Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, November, 2012
    • Conceptualizing the System Producing a New Cadre of High-Performing, GraduatesDemand Driven Agricultural Advocacy: Turning Research into Action Research Capacity by:  Farmer Outreach Competitive Grants Schema  Policy Outreach M&E Learning Field Attachments  University Outreach  RUFORUM M&E of Research Methods programmes on an on- Institution Strengthening Grants going basis Mounting Courses on Emerging  Methodology Issues Feeding research results into Professional Community  Data and Knowledge curriculum Building Sharing  Peer Review Commissioned Community  Intergenerational Mentoring  Capacity Action Research  Biennial Network  External Evaluation Regional Course-Based PhDs Assemblies  National Forums ICT Support for Research, Professional Communities, M&E, Dissemination & Advocacy Governance & Management for quality, transparency, and Performance Agricultural Innovation Employment Policy & Practice Reform
    • Competitive Grants Objectives 1. Providing students with opportunities for problem-solving and practical experience –to be creative, improve teamwork and be responsive to deadlines and client demands. 2. Raise the profile and encourage better university recognition of the grassroots demands and needs for research and graduate skills in both their research and curricula. 3. Produce innovative and useful research that is effectively communicated 4. To link universities to farmers and develop mechanisms for dissemination of university research to rural communities and the servicing agencies.Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, November, 2012
    • Harnessing Africa- Australia Partnerships Strengthening centers of leadership to train a critical mass of agricultural scientists including in new and emergent areas such as dryland resource management, building resilience, etc.; Support for food security research through the Community Based Research (CARPs) and Competitive Grants to address smallholder farmer needs, entrepreneurship capacity, and closely link universities to rural areas; Engaging Australian partners to strengthen institutional capacity and quality of higher education programs; Enhance higher education for women.Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, November, 2012