Scholarship Background
Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 32 Universities in Eastern Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) with a goal to strengthen graduate training and agricultural related research. This is achieved by providing resources and peer support to generate knowledge, research products and human resources to support agricultural development. RUFORUM has been involved in Regional graduate programmes that are responsive to stakeholder needs and national development goals. RUFORUM has received funding from Bill and Melinda Gates to support training of students on Master’s Degree Program in Research Methods hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya for the academic year 2014/2015. Accordingly, applications are being invited for these scholarships.

Scholarship Eligibility and requirements
RUFORUM is offering a limited number of scholarships. Applicants MUST first apply to JKUAT for admission/acceptance to the university programme. A proof of admission to the programme will be need before the scholarship award. Priority will be given to applicants who are already staff members and research scientists from RUFORUM Universities and National Research Institutes in the RUFORUM countries, respectively. Special consideration will be given to applicants from outside Kenya. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

What the Scholarship Covers
The scholarship will cover application fees, tuition fees, research costs, economy class return ticket (for foreign students only), medical cover and living expenses. Full details will be given on admission. It is important to note that the scholarship will not cater for family members/dependents of students

Application process

The application submission will be online through the RUFORUM Website (www.ruforum .org) and will open from 24th – 30st March 2014. Please DO NOT send your application packages by email or post. The package to upload (in English) shall include the following;

  1. Duly filled fellowship/scholarship application form
  2. Two Letters from the applicant’s referees, including one from previous academic institution

For any urgent inquiries please email the Training Officer at the RUFORUM Secretariat: and a copy to

Scholarship Application Deadline
All applications must be received by end of day on 30th March 2014.


Source- Ruform website

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An open Letter to Agricultural Students

MY dear friend Emmie Kio from Kenya had put up this open letter on her blog. I totally agree with her and found it worth sharing with you all . Enjoy reading ..


Dear Agricultural students,

“Go to the University and get yourself a degree.Be grateful that you got a chance to be part of the team” . This is just one of the many statements you will encounter in your path to learning that agricultural course . 

Its these statements that will make you feel awful as to why you didn’t get that Medicine position that you so hoped to and what you never thought of choosing during the JAB selection process turns out to be what you get. Now this is what happens. Agricultural sciences have been degraded in the past often being given the last option.During the JAB courses allocation, when all  other disciplines have their fill  the remaining un-allocated  students are lumped in to the Agricultural sciences as very few students pick them as their first choice.

Well you have no choice. You go with what is written in black and white. Three weeks after commencing your studies, your classmates  will do inter-faculty transfers with a majority of them blindly escaping to Faculty of Arts, BA to be specific. They cite reasons like Economics students have the say in campus when it comes to dressing and partying. Don’t despair. You never came to school for dressing or partying reasons. You came to gain knowledge. You neighbors and some family members will also be on your neck disapproving your choice of  career, telling you how scanty jobs are in the agricultural arena.Listen to their concerns and be wise enough to settle on the best decision. And while at it, be bold enough to tell them that as farmers ………….

For without food there’s basically nothing the economist or the technology person can do. They all depend on farmers for daily sustenance. So imagine what happens when a new generation of farmers isn’t raised to replace the old one? I bet you must have read that the average age of a farmer in Kenya is above 55 years of age constituting mostly of the old and retired. So what will happen when there’s no one to continue the farming profession?We shall all starve and die, right? Or maybe manufacture our food in the laboratories.

In addition to showing that you aren’t in the scam of professions, consider Prince Williams ,the Duke of Cambridge, who chose to enroll  himself  for an Agricultural Management course at Cambridge University so as to gain a deeper understanding of  issues affecting Agricultural businesses and rural communities in the UK. And it doesn’t end there. We have  celebrities the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Russell Crowe all preferring to get down in their farms.
(Olawale OJO- And even D’banj in Nigeria)

“I don’t think any place of dirt anywhere in the world means more to me than this.” 
Russell Crowe

So, Why am i saying this?

Its basically to show you that you are what you believe you are. And any career is as important as you deem it right in your mind. Passion is what it takes to be what you want to be and to be gracefully good while at it and job opportunities will follow you. And that is regardless of what people will tell you about the farming career. Let it come from within you.

Enough said so,……..

Yours’ farming


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6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA)- Call for Paper

The 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA)

Theme: Africa’s Animal Agriculture: Macro-trends and future opportunities

Venue and Date: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, October 27-30, 2014


The 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture will be held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya, October 27-30, 2014. The All Africa Society for Animal Production is organizing this conference in association with Animal Production Society of Kenya (APSK). The theme of the conference is “Africa’s Animal Agriculture: Macro-trends and future opportunities”. The Organizing Committee is pleased to call for papers, which will be presented during the conference. Papers have to be submitted in English. Authors are asked to indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation and give their preferred sub-theme from the sub-themes listed below:

•    Sub-Theme 1: Youth in Animal Agriculture: The Future Hope
•    Sub-theme 2: Which Way for Smallholder Systems?
•    Sub-theme 3: Pastoral Systems: Options for Tomorrow
•    Sub-theme 4: Market access: opportunities for enhanced access to local, regional and global markets

The requests for consideration shall be submitted electronically sent by email to the executive secretariat. Authors may submit articles based on research, case reports, retrospective studies or participation interests in exhibitions or practical demonstrations within the realms of the conference theme. Selected papers will be published in a special journal issue of the East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal (EAAFJ) hosted by the  Kenya Agricultural Research Institute(KARI).

General presentation
The manuscript shall be in English, typed double spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12 with margins at least 2.5cm at all sides. The manuscript will be typed in the conventional format including title, abstract and key words, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Figures, tables and plates should be presented separately.

Title page
The title page shall include the title of the article, the surname and initials of the forenames and institutional affiliation. The email address of all the authors should be provided and that of the corresponding author be marked by asterisk.

The abstract should be 150-250 words and concise. It should contain no paragraphs, footnote, cross-references to figures and tables or undefined abbreviations

Key words should be up to five and should avoid words already in the title but based on the key messages of the paper. They should be written in lowercase letters, separated by commas and presented in alphabetical order.

Introduction should be brief but contain sufficient information reviewing important areas of the study.

Materials and Methods
This section should contain sufficient details to enable replication of the procedures. Previously established procedures should only be referenced rather than described in the article.

The results should be appropriately detailed. Tables and figures should be used only when they add value to the narrative.

Discussion, conclusion and implications
Should discuss the results and adequately cover related published information.

Authors should ensure that all other individuals or organizations which contributed financial, technical or editorial support are appropriately acknowledged.

In the text references should only contain the surname and the year of publication of the refereed articles. When more than two authors are involved the first author followed by should be used. In the listing they should be arranged in alphabetical order at the end of the article and be detailed as follows

Kuria, S.G., Gachuiri, C.K., Wanyoike, M.M.and Wahome, R.G. 2004. Effect of mineral supplementation on milk yield and calf growth of camels in Marsabit district of Kenya. J. Camel Pract.Res., 11(2): 87-96.

Hulsebusch, C. G. and Kaufmann, B .A. 2002. Camel breeds and breeding in North Kenya. Kenya Agricultural Research Institute: Nairobi, Kenya.pp 150.
Chapter in book
Wango, J., Farah, Z. 2004. Methods for quality control. In: Milk and meat from the camel. Z. Farah and A. Fisher(Eds). Vdf Hochshulverlag AG publ., Zurich (Switzerland) pp 51-65
Tables, figures,pictures
All figures and tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals and should be referred to in the text as such e.g. Figure 1 or Table 4. The title of each table should be written above the corresponding table. Photographs should be presented in the electronic form of JPEG.
The guidelines to Authors for EAAFJ is linked for more detailed information

Posters should fit into poster board measuring 1682  x 2378mm. The poster should be:

Simple, informative, visually appealing and attractive
Easy to read and understand with relevant legend
Contain text and illustrative material harmoniously combined to produce effective presentation
Tell the complete story

Deadline for first call of papers is 30th September 2013

Deadline for second call of papers is 31st December 2013

Deadline for last call papers is 31st March 2014

All correspondence  should be addressed to

SURFACE MAIL: 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA)
P O  BOX 57811-00200 NAIROBI KENYA
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