Call for proposals: Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food System Transformation in Africa (SHAEA

In collaboration with the Governments of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and
Mozambique the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity
Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are jointly launching a Call for Proposals for a Regional Project
for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-food Systems Transformation in Africa

Objective of this call

The main objective of this proposed project is to develop competent and relevant human
resources required to accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa through strengthening

(i) agri-food related education and training enhanced with transdisciplinary approaches,
experiential learning and applied research at selected African regional anchor universities;

(ii) university linkages to the regional agricultural sector - its priorities, needs and stakeholders; and

(iii) university partnership with private and public entities related to agri-food both within and
outside Africa. SHAEA is part of the WBG Board’s significant reinvestment in higher education in
Africa with a regional emphasis that complements the African Higher Education Centers of
Excellence (ACE) projects as well as the regional agricultural projects - the West African
Agricultural Transformation Program (WAATP) and the East and Central African Agricultural
Transformation Program (ECAATP). 

Interested universities should meet all the following eligibility criteria: 

a) Be from one of the participating countries which have IDA funding availability;
b) Has had at least 5 cohorts of graduates with masters degrees in relevant areas;
c) Offers postgraduate programs at the Masters level (preferably also at the PhD level) in agrifood
systems related topics and preferably one within the identified regional key knowledge
gap areas;
d) Has at least one existing active and functional regional partnership in the area of agriculture;
e) Demonstrates on-going effort in reform/change for institutional improvement;
f) No land acquisition needed if civil works are expected to be financed under the project;
g) If a university has an existing agricultural ACE, it can apply as long as the proposed focus
area for being a RAU is not the same as what is already supported by the agricultural ACE;
h) Only one proposal per university may be submitted

Application Process

Who can apply?

Proposals will be submitted to RUFORUM through the national governments in each of the participating countries

Relevant documents, including the SHAEA Proposal Submission Form, SHAEA Evaluation Protocol,
SHAEA Project Description and Results Framework, are available on the SHAEA website:

Key dates

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2018

Additional information can be obtained from: