Project Information

PI nameProf. Nancy Mungai
Project titleTransforming African Agricultural Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development (TAGDev)
PartnersThe MasterCard Foundation, Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Gulu University, EARTH University
Collaborators
  • Prof. Patience Mshenga
  • Baraka Agricultural College
  • Farming Systems Kenya
  • Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dairy Training Institute (DTI)-Naivasha
Grant amountUS$ 6,228,304
Project StatusOngoing
Project LocationEgerton University and Gulu University
Project description This Program aims at strengthening the capacity of African agricultural universities and their graduates to transform agriculture and accelerate growth and development of sustainable livelihoods in Africa. This will be achieved through transformation of university curricula and linked activities to strengthen university capacity to produce graduates with appropriate skills to engage with communities and conduct research that addresses the needs of smallholder farmers, and further facilitate entrepreneurship development at community level. Through the CARP+ and Entrepreneurship challenge Program, the faculty will be engaged to train students jointly with private sector organizations, research institutions and farmers among other actors to nurture practical oriented graduates who have an appreciation of entrepreneurship for community transformation The Project will support a total of 220 students subdivided into; 110 undergraduate students (in three cohorts) and 110 Master’s students (in five cohorts) to undertake studies in agriculture and related sciences in the two early adopter universities in Uganda and Kenya. Identification, recruitment and selection of students will target talented, motivated yet rural disadvantaged students with a passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship
Project Start23/09/2016
Project End31/12/2024
Expected outputs• Articulated innovative agricultural education training • 110 undergraduate and graduate students trained • 2 CARPs supported with additional 20 students trained • Agribusiness Incubation Center established/Supported • At least 2 TVET Institutions engaged • At least 30 university managers trained in institutional leadership • At least 5 partnerships brokered with industry and other universities • At least 20% of the graduates establish own enterprises • At least 3,000 farmers reached