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Adipala Ekwamu, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda

Adipala Ekwamu

Adipala Ekwamu is the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 60 African Universities that provides research and postgraduate training opportunities for students and faculties in Africa. He provides overall leadership in the running of the RUFORUM Secretariat. He has held this position since 2004, transforming RUFORUM from a member based organisation of 8 Universities in 5 countries in East and Southern Africa, to now an Africa-wide consortium of Universities in Eastern, Central, Southern and West Africa. Under his leadership, RUFORUM has supported the training of over 1,500 MSc and PhD students that are working across Africa. He has teamed up with several higher education networks both within and outside Africa to advocate for higher education in Africa, and has helped to establish and strengthen postgraduate training programs and academic mobility programmes for students and faculty across Africa.

Ekwamu is the founding editor of the African Crop Science Journal, and founded the African Crop Science Society in 1993 - one of the most respected professional societies in Africa. Recently, he helped to found the African Journal of Rural Development.

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