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Workshop on Food and Nutrition Security at RUFORUM Conference
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Workshop on Food and Nutrition Security at RUFORUM Conference

A workshop on food and nutrition security for deans of African higher education institutions is to take place from 19-20 July 2014. The event is being organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, a CAAST-Net Plus partner, alongside the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). RUFORUM's fourth biennial conference will take place between 21-25 July 2014. The event has been planned to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the network, which supports African higher education in agriculture. [Image credit: Flickr, Bill Zimmerman]

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Overview of Climate Change Studies in Tanzania
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Overview of Climate Change Studies in Tanzania

Presentation by Prof. JHY Katima from the University of Dar es Salaam at the CAAST-Net Plus Regional Workshop on Climate Change in East Africa (Kigali, Rwanda: 28-30 May 2014). [Image credit: J. H. Y. Katima]

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Higher Education and Africa-EU Research Collaboration
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Higher Education and Africa-EU Research Collaboration

http://l.caast-net-plus.org/57

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has published an analysis in its ACU Insights magazine on the role of universities within Africa-EU research and innovation collaboration. “Since universities contribute directly to research that responds to these global challenges [climate change, affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency, infectious diseases, and food/nutrition security], there is a very welcome strategic objective in the Heads of State road map of strengthening the links between education, training, science and innovation for promoting human capital development, and knowledge and skills-based societies and economies. Universities however face the substantial challenge of ensuring the relevance of their research agenda and the application of that agenda both for informing policy and effecting change on the ground,” the article states. To read the full article, click on the link provided. [Image credit: Flickr, CIMMYT]

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New Climate Change Adaptation Project for East Africa
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New Climate Change Adaptation Project for East Africa

http://l.caast-net-plus.org/3L

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is collaborating with South Africa’s University of Cape Town, US-based Start International, Oxfam Great Britain and India’s Institute for Human Settlements in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions research group. The focus of the East Africa component of the research will be on the “interaction between water stress, or scarcity, and livestock raising and agriculture in the region”, according to UEA’s website. The project has received funding from the UK Department for International Development and Canada’s International Development Research Centre under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia programme. [Image credit: Flickr, Rodrigo R N]

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Results of ACU Survey on University Research Uptake
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Results of ACU Survey on University Research Uptake

http://l.caast-net-plus.org/4h

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has released results from the 2014 DRUSSA Benchmarking Survey. The Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa or DRUSSA project is funded by the UK Department for International Development as a partnership between the ACU, the South Africa-based consulting firm, Organisation Systems Design, and the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Science and Technology based at Stellenbosch University. Results suggest African universities have progressed in fostering the uptake of research by key stakeholders, “although much more remains to be done”. [Image credit: Flickr, Msafari 2425]

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Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa Conference
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Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa Conference

The 2014 SASA conference aims to provide a forum for African scientists to network and share. The event takes place from 6-10 May 2014 in Uganda and is co-hosted by Gulu University in partnership with the Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology, Makerere University, and a number of international collaborators. [Image credit: Flickr, Andrew Huff]

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