The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI/IFPRI) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) have partnered to launch two new online data portals on agricultural higher education capacities in Africa south of the Sahara.
The portals offer free, user-friendly data on teaching staff and student populations in agricultural higher education in African countries that will help decision makers plan, formulate policy, and set priorities and benchmarks for agricultural training—as well as measure progress toward goals and identify gaps.
The Portal on Agricultural Capacity in RUFORUM Universities
(https://www.asti.cgiar.org/ruforum) provides detailed teaching staff, student population, and other data for agricultural faculties at RUFORUM’s member universities, including indicators on teaching staff by number, degree attained, age, gender, position, and discipline; and on enrolled and graduated students, by number, degree, and gender.
A summary of this information is also available in the ASTI-RUFORUM University Factsheets, also available online, which highlight key indicators in an easy-to-read colorful chart format.
The African Agricultural Higher Education Capacities Data Portal
(https://www.asti.cgiar.org/ag-edu) offers detailed data on teaching staff in agricultural higher education in African countries. Data available includes details on the total number, degree attained, gender, age distribution, and discipline mix of teaching staff. Portal users can, make cross-country data comparisons, and download graphs, and customize searches with an easy to use benchmarking tool. The portal currently concentrates on Africa, but its geographical focus will be expanded over time.
It is hoped that this information will help agricultural higher education stakeholders gain a solid understanding of staffing and student capacities both in the higher education sector, as well as in the wider agricultural innovation systems in Africa south of the Sahara.
ABOUT RUFORUM, ASTI, AND IFPRI
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 105 universities in 37 African countries whose mandate is to strengthen the quality and relevance of postgraduate training and research in African universities—especially in agriculture, science, technology, and innovation—through activities designed to improve the capacity of African universities and research centers to generate knowledge relevant to Africa’s development challenges. http://www.ruforum.org
Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) is a comprehensive and trusted source of information on agricultural R&D systems across the developing world. ASTI works through collaborative alliances with numerous national and regional R&D agencies and international institutions, and is led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which—as a CGIAR member—provides evidence-based policy solutions to sustainably end hunger. https://asti.cgiar.org/
RUFORUM and ASTI/IFPRI gratefully acknowledge participating RUFORUM member universities for their contributions to the data collection and preparation of the factsheet series. ASTI also acknowledges the Mastercard Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their financial support of the development of the portals and the factsheet series.