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UNILAK hosts launch event for UPLIFT Project- Ag

UNILAK hosts launch event for UPLIFT Project- Ag

In a bid to revolutionize higher education’s role in agricultural development across Kenya,
Rwanda, Burundi, and Zimbabwe, UNILAK played host to the launch event of the UPLIFT
Project-Ag. The initiative, aimed at empowering the efficacy of higher education institutions in
The aforementioned countries, seek to establish robust connections with key stakeholders
within the agricultural sector.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Emmanuel Hakizimana, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic and
Research at UNILAK underscored the pivotal role that higher education institutions play in
driving innovation and sustainable development in agriculture.  “The UPLIFT Project-Ag marks a
a significant milestone in our collective efforts to bridge the gap between academia and the
agricultural industry,” he remarked.
The UPLIFT Project-Ag aims to address critical challenges facing the agricultural sector. These
challenges include limited access to cutting-edge research, inadequate skill development
programs, and insufficient collaboration between academia and industry.
Through strategic interventions such as curriculum reforms, research partnerships, and
experiential learning opportunities, the project endeavors to equip students and faculty with
the requisite knowledge, skills, and networks to drive agricultural innovation and
entrepreneurship.
Speakers at the event emphasized the need for a holistic approach to agricultural development
that transcends traditional boundaries between academia, government, and industry. They
highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of collaboration, knowledge exchange, and
technology adoption to unlock the full potential of the agricultural sector in driving economic
growth and food security.
The launch event featured interactive discussions and networking sessions aimed at fostering
dialogue. Participants expressed optimism about the transformative impact of the UPLIFT
Project-Ag pledged its commitment to supporting its implementation and scaling up its
impact across the region.
The launch event concluded on a note of hope and determination, signaling the beginning of a
a new chapter in the journey towards agricultural excellence and prosperity in Kenya, Rwanda,
Burundi, and Zimbabwe.