MSc Programme in Agrometeorology and Natural Risk Management at Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Africa is the most vulnerable region to climate change/variability/ hazards. More than ever, improved understanding of early warning systems including weather and climate prediction and initiatives highlighting the effects of global warming are important educational priorities. In view of this, Haramaya University, in collaboration with other Universities is planning to launch an MSc training programme in Agro-meteorology and Natural Risk Management during the 2012/13 academic year. The focus of the MSc programme is to develop and strengthen the regional human resources and institutional capacity in impact-oriented training and research in Agro meteorology and Natural Risk Management (AGMNRM) as an entry point towards food selfsufficiency through sustainable use of resources and management of climatic and non-climatic hazards or risks in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa region. To this end, stake holder analysis, curriculum development and its subsequent approvals by the university Senate has been in process. It is anticipated that students will be recruited from the region and nationally from different administrative regions of Ethiopia. The MSc programme will help build human resource capacities that will be able analyse and interpret climatic and natural risk based information.
L’Afrique est la région la plus vulnérable au changement climatique / à la variabilité / aux risques. Plus que jamais, une meilleure compréhension des systèmes d’alerte précoce, y compris la prévision météorologique et climatique et les initiatives mettant en évidence les effets du réchauffement climatique sont une importante priorité éducative. Dans cette perspective, l’université de Haramaya, en collaboration avec d’autres universités régionales prévoit de lancer un programme de formation en Maitrise de science d’agro-météorologie et de gestion des risques naturels au cours de l’année académique 2012/13. L’objectif du programme de maîtrise est de développer et de renforcer les ressources régionales de l’homme et de la capacité institutionnelle axée sur l’impact de la formation et de la recherche en météorologie Agricole et la gestion des risques naturels (AGMNRM), comme point d’entrée vers l’autosuffisance alimentaire grâce à l’utilisation durable des ressources, et de la gestion des risques climatiques et non climatiques, ou les risques dans l’Afrique orientale, centrale et australe. A cette fin, l’analyse des dépositaires, l’élaboration de programmes et de ses approbations subséquentes par le Sénat de l’université a été en cours. Il est prévu que les étudiants seront recrutés dans la région et au niveau national à partir de différentes régions administratives de l’Ethiopie. Le programme de maîtrise aidera à renforcer les capacités des ressources humaines qui seront en mesure d’analyser et d’interpréter les informations sur les risques climatiques et naturels
Extended abstracts submitted under Strengthening S&T Capacity in Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Strengthening S&T Capacity in Africa