Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Universities role in preparedness, response and monitoring of emerging and re-emerging pandemics

3 July 2020. This webinar Universities’ role in preparedness,response and monitoring of emerging and re-emerging pandemics discussed:

  1. Universities innovations in response to COVID-19 situation; 
  2. Innovations for technical and policy response to public health emergencies; 
  3. Capacity building needs for Africa’s excellence in the new normal (diagnostics-laboratory infrastructure, molecular, clinical management, therapeutics, vaccines); and 
  4. Africa’s collaboration and financing for health innovations in the new normal. 


  • Dr. Raiji Tajudeen, Head NPHIs and Research Division, Africa Centre for Disease Control Addis Ababa-Ethiopia 
  • Dr. Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Government of Uganda, Kampala-Uganda 
  • Prof. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Vice Chancellor, Linkoping University-Sweden 
  • Prof. Willian Bazeyo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda 
  • Prof. Simeon Mining, Director of Research & Professor of Immunology, Moi University Eldoret-Kenya 
  • Discussant: Prof. Johan Dabrosin Söderholm, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linkoping University-Sweden 
  • Moderator: Prof. Address Mauakowa Malata, Vice Chancellor, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Lumbe-Malawi

15 July 2020. 15.00-17.00 East African Standard Time Webinar  ‘Delivering food for Africa in a transforming agri-food system in the ‘new normal’. Organised by RUFORUM

This webinar on delivering food for Africa in a transforming agri-food system in the ‘new normal’ seeks to deliberate on the need to:

  1.  Re-contextualising support for enhancing productivity and marketing systems for smallholder farmers; 
  2. Innovations for delivering agricultural advisory services to farmers to enable them make smart decisions; 
  3. Innovations for reducing logistical bottlenecks and enhancing ecommerce; 
  4. Innovations for multiple agricultural and social protection interventions; and 
  5. Galvanizing partnerships and collaboration to strengthen African agricultural research and innovation capacity. 


  1. Dr. Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa, World Bank, Washington 
  2. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA, Nairobi-Kenya 
  3. Prof. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Accra –Ghana 
  4. Dr Owusu-Afriye Akoto, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Accra-Ghana 
  5. Dr Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), AUC-Addis Ababa 
  6. Discussant: Prof. Frans Swanepoel, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
  7. Moderator: Prof. Dora F. Edu-Buandoh, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

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