ANAFE regional leaders visit SASACID pilot institutions to monitor the final phase of Implementation

PI-visitsANAFE regional leaders and secretariat staff visited selected SASACID pilot institutions to monitor the status of the project’s implementation. This is part of the ANAFE strategy approved by the Board to ensure regional chapters are actively engaged in monitoring project activities.

Prof. Stanley Makuza, the Chair of the ANAFE Southern Africa Regional Agricultural Fora for Training (SA-RAFT) and also the Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology of Zimbabwe led a delegation that visited the University of Pretoria on the 4th of September 2015. Other members of the delegation included the Vice Chair of the SA-RAFT, Prof. Olusegun Yerokun, former Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mulungushi University, Zambia; Prof. Marie Francoise Driver, University of Mauritius who is also a member of the SA-RAFT Committee andthe ANAFE Executive Secretary, Prof. Aissetou D. Yaye.

During the meeting, the University of Pretoria team, led by the Principal for Planning, Prof Anton Stroh and the Dean, Faculty ofNatural and Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Jean M-S Lubuma, agreed to strengthen ties with ANAFE in building collaborative partnership by spearheading and supporting innovations in teaching and learning in Higher Education for early-career lecturers; developing contextualized teaching materials; supporting research grants and curriculum development; developing strategies to access research funding; ensuring quality and sustainability of projects and sharing of knowledge with end-users.

The chair of the Africa Humid Tropics (AHT-RAFT), Prof. Essetchi Paul Kouamelan accompanied by the ANAFE Communications Officer, Alfred Ochola, travelled to the University of Abomey Calavi, where the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Joseph Hounhounigancommended ANAFE for its role in strengthening tertiary agricultural education in the continentHe said the University has learned vital lessons, which will help improve implementation of such programmes in future.

The Vice-Chair of the East and Central Africa RAFT Vice Chair, Dr. Wilson Kasolo visited the University of Kordofan, Sudan, together with the Senior Education Fellow Dr. Oluwole Akinnagbe. Prof. Adam Toudou, Vice Chair of the Sahel RAFT and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University AbdouMoumouni of Niamey, Niger, led the delegation that visited the University of Thies (ENSA), Senegal. The other members of the delegation included MrsNdèyeAminataDiagne, the Sahel-RAFT Committee member, and the ANAFE Senior Education Fellow Dr, Mipro Hien.