Egerton University as key implementer in Kenya of the MasterCard Foundation -RUFORUM Program on Innovative Agricultural Training in Africa

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The MasterCard Foundation (MCF) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will collaborate to test new models of agricultural education in Africa.  Egerton University which is an early adopter of the RUFORUM approach, will be the key implementer of the program in Kenya.

According to the Project Coordinator Prof. Nancy W.  Mungai, the eight year commitment of US$ 6,228,304 from the MasterCard Foundation will focus on connecting university education to the needs of rural communities so as to meaningfully contribute to Africas growth and development.

This eight year Program will support the training of 110 undergraduate and post graduate economically disadvantaged students. Seventy (70 %) percent of the undergraduates and 50 % of the post graduates will be from Kenya and the rest from across Africa. Egerton University will ensure students benefit from leadership training to produce Africas next generation of agricultural leaders. The Program focuses on integration of entrepreneurship and community engagement into university outreach platforms. The Program will further provide opportunities for transformative action research using the expanded RUFORUM Community Action Research Program (CARP+) to enhance university-led community impact. The CARP+ will include supplemental focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to enhance gains through greater collaboration and joint action between Egerton University and TVET institutions. Egerton University has its historical roots as an agricultural TVET institution. The University has continued to play this active role, engaging farmers and reaching out to TVET institutions particularly in the Rift Valley region.

The MCF Project at Egerton University will be significant in mainstreaming approaches like special support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, closer links with communities and with industry and engagement through motivational talks, internships and closer links to ensure more relevant research and curricula. This is crucial to Egerton University in producing competitive and hands-on graduates that contribute to national and global development.