In most African countries agriculture is the motor of the economy. Wageningen University & Research contributes to this development in various ways.
Education and training
We support the delivery of high quality scientists and professionals who are capable of addressing Africa’s agri-food challenges. In Wageningen we educate and train large numbers of African MSc and PhD students. We currently have 265 African PhD students, which is (one of) the largest group of African PhD students in the world. Wageningen University & Research also offers short courses, which are attended by many Africans active in the food, agro- and pharmaceutical industries as well as policy makers and NGOs. Our African alumni make a significant contribution to the agricultural transformation in Africa as they are the (future) leaders of Africa.
Wageningen University & Research also provides scientific and educational support to enhance the delivery of quality teaching and research in African universities and research institutions. For example we assist with the revision of curricula, improvement of teaching methods, co- supervision of students, and setting up quality assurance systems. This helps us to further build on our strong network in Africa.
Research for impact
The private sector has shown a lot of interest to invest in the world’s fastest-growing continent. Through our research projects we support the sustainable development of a more robust agri-food sector in Africa that will benefit all Africans.