ATPS and RUFORUM host a Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa
20 November 2010
The ATPS, in collaboration with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and other development partners including the Development Research Network (DDRN) organized a Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa (CHEA). The conference was held at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda from 15-19 November 2010.
As part of the conference, ATPS together with RUFORUM and DDRN organized a Pre-Conference workshop on Strengthening University Competence and Practice for Engagement with Policy from 13-14 November, 2010 following which a parallel event was held on 16 November, 2010 on Placing Agricultural Tertiary Education in Policy Agenda in Africa. The outputs/outcomes from the one day parallel session were fed into the plenary session of the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education. The one day event was further used as a forum to brainstorm and synthesize relevant recommendations on how to get tertiary education role integrated into country development strategies and policies.
The immediate beneficiaries of the conference were universities in Africa and higher education networks concerned with informing policy debates with research based knowledge and advocating for the need to give the highest priority to African tertiary education in agriculture and natural resource; participants in the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture, especially in the parallel session on Theme 5: Placing Agricultural Tertiary Education on the Policy Agenda and in the long term farmers and other agricultural stakeholders on the continent who will benefit from returns from higher education
A key outcome of the conference was a Ministerial Communiqué adopted by ministers from 10 countries including Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The Communiqué called on the need for renewed and vigorous emphasis by African governments on restoring the quality of higher education in agriculture. It also called for increased investment in higher education in agriculture in Africa and to be included as an integral agricultural development investment in CAADP Country Compacts and Medium Term Agricultural Productivity Programmes, through structured fore sighting.
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