October 22-26,2018


University of Nairobi/Kenya




24 Professional Speakers

WELCOME NOTE | Prof.Peter M.F.Mbithi | Chair, Local Organizing Committee

 Over the last decade, Africa has become an important investment destination, with a budding youthful population providing a labor base, natural resources endowment, diminishing political conflicts and civil strife as many countries especially those in sub-Saharan Africa enter into post-conflict reconstruction, a high returns market. For example between 2012 and 2014, an increase from 12% to 39% in terms of business considerations was realized, real incomes per person increased by 30% over the last 10 years, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased from US$15 billion in 2002 to $37 billion in 2006 and $46 billion in 20123. These trends and patterns are changing the narrative of about Africa from a hopeless to hopeful continent4justifying the„Africa rising‟ narrative.The under exploited agricultural sector that is a mainstay in many African economies especially in sub-Saharan Africa remains a major focus of attention to drive economic growth including other priority areas such as entrepreneurship.Though growth in Africa is impressive, it is differentiated with non-resource intensive countries growing faster than resource intensive countries with North Africa having higher growth patterns and FDI than sub Saharan Africa (SSA). In SSA, much of the growth is driven by agriculture yet the farmers remain low resourced, and often using rudimentary tools and technologies. More and more foreign investors in Africa see agriculture as an investment opportunity and can provide considerable number of jobs to African youth


About the Conference | Sixth RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2018

 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a pan African organisation of 66 universities in 26 African countries is an impact oriented network of universities that seeks to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder 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.

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