Nuffic Report in support of World Bank’s SHAEA initiative
We recently presented our report “Inventory of Dutch Partnerships in support of SHAEA (436.8 kB) (Strenghtening Higher Education for Agri-Food Transformation in Africa)” for which we were assigned by the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
SHAEA is a proposed regional loan of the World Bank to six African countries to strengthen linkages between selected anchor universities (represented in RUFORUM, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture) and the regional agricultural sector. Its goal is to improve the relevance of agricultural higher education and research for labour markets and for evidence-based policy making on rural transformation in Africa.
The role of Dutch agricultural education
In the context of the Netherlands – World Bank Group ‘Food for All’ partnership, the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform took the initiative to offer support in the development phase of SHAEA by exploring the possible future role of Dutch stakeholders related to agricultural higher education in the implementation phase. To create mutual benefit and set up sustainable cooperation networks, one of the identified activities was the inventory of existing institutional relations (academic and professional education, scientific and applied research) between the Netherlands and nine prospective SHAEA countries: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Malawi, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Cameroon. For the inventory Nuffic performed a desk study, a questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, and focus group discussions.
Our Orange Knowledge Programme, funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers potential collaboration with knowledge platforms (e.g. Food & Business Knowledge Platform), and/or the Borderless Network. In the coming period we will further explore potential joint ventures in the above mentioned countries.