Regional Univ Forum for Capacity in Ag (RUFORUM) - One Health Commission

Regional Univ Forum for Capacity in Ag (RUFORUM)

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building

in Agriculture (RUFORUM)


Fostering Innovation and Adaptive Capacity of Universities




RUFORUM is a consortium of 29 universities in Eastern, Central, and

Southern Africa. RUFORUM has a mandate to oversee graduate training and

networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern

Africa (COMESA) countries. Specifically, RUFORUM recognizes the

important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to

the well-being of small-scale farmers and economic development of countries

throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region. RUFORUM's overall guiding

principle is proactive engagement with stakeholders in graduate training,

research, and development processes.




RUFORUM’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster

innovations responsive to demands of small-holder farmers through: the

training of high quality researchers; the output of impact-oriented research;

and, the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers,

farmers, national agricultural research institutions, and governments.

Scope International – Regional focus: Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (with

some projects in West Africa).


Primary Funders


Funding of university research and training is largely provided by the public

sector (government and development Partners' community); however,

opportunities to mobilize resources from public-private sector partnerships,

inter-sectoral linkages, and regional and international networks are being



Participants & Key Collaborators


Member universities are located in at least 16 countries of Eastern, Central, and

Southern Africa. Key partners include over 150 NGOs (within and outside

Africa), governments, universities, foundations, initiatives, networks, research

centers, and corporations.


Definition of One Health


None. However, the work of RUFORUM supports strengthening public health

activities with a one health approach addressing human and animal health



Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


RUFORUM has a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) strategy that involves

determining the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of activities in meeting

overall program objectives and providing means of taking corrective actions as

needed. Overall program objectives, outcomes and impact are externally

evaluated on a 3-5 year basis.


Sources of Information


RUFORUM Website:

Contact RUFORUM Secretariat

© 2018 One Health Commission. All rights reserved.