FTZ starts new Erasmus+ project with agricultural universities in Kenya and Uganda

The goals of the 'green deal' for a climate-neutral and globally fair society are part of the EU priorities for university cooperation with African partners. The project 'ADVALUE' focuses on the training and research topis of sustainable agricultural value chains and is funded by the EU 'Erasmus+' program for capacity building in higher education. The international consortium is led by Nürtingen-Geislingen University.

The acronym ADVALUE stands for 'Advancing Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains through Strengthening Transdisciplinary Skills and Cooperation in East African Doctoral Education'. The three-year collaborative project will start in January 2024. Central core of the project activities is the development of four modules that will be integrated into the doctoral education of the East African partners and aim at improving the quality of teaching and research.

Even or especially at the level of training doctoral students for research work, the practical relevance must not be lost. Instead, to achieve sustainable development goals, it is important to conduct research with and for the practice. Two of the modules deal with pastoralism and agricultural value chains, which are important economic sectors in Kenya and Uganda. Two further modules deal with approaches and methods in scientific working and transdisciplinary research.

Nürtingen-Geislingen University from Germany is coordinating the project. Participating partners from European countries are: the German Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Witzenhausen, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The partners in Kenya and Uganda are the University of Nairobi and Pwani University Kilifi, as well as Makerere University Kampala and Uganda Christian University in Mukono. RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture) as additional partner, will support and facilitate the exchange within the African university network.

In addition to the module development and pilot events, study visits take place and a discourse on quality development in agricultural science faculties involves a wider audience. Associated partners from the national ministries of research and education in Kenya and Uganda support the project.

Project team:

Dr. Petra Chaloupkova (chaloupkova@ftz.czu.cz)

Dr. Jana Mazancová (mazan@ftz.czu.cz)

Prof. Michal Lošťák (lostak@pef.czu.cz)

Dr. Tereza Brůna Slámová (slamovat@ftz.czu.cz)


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