SHAEA Project Vision

The Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa (SHAEA) Project vision is “an agricultural sector in Africa with the skills and knowledge needed for inclusive sustainable growth in support of African Agenda 2063”.

The Project’s Development Objective is to “strengthen linkages between selected African universities and regional agricultural sector needs for developing required human resources to accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa”. The Project will work towards development of competent and relevant human resources (especially the highly-skilled) that are required to  accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa through strengthening of

  1. agri-food  related education and training enhanced with transdisciplinary approaches and applied  research at selected African regional anchor universities;
  2. university linkages to the regional  agricultural sector – its priorities, needs and stakeholders; and
  3. university partnerships with  public and private entities related to agri-food both within and outside the region

Project Development Objective
To strengthen linkages between selected African universities and regional agricultural sector needs for developing required human resources to accelerate agri-food system transformation in Africa

Regional mobility will be key for this initiative in order to increase access to quality postgraduate training programs and enhance staff capacity development. The proposed mobility framework aims to:

  • Enhance staff capacity development and increase the proportion of academic staff and researchers with MSc & PhD qualifications in Agricultural sciences
  • Encourage greater interaction and collaboration among African higher education institutions for quality teaching and research that will, among others, attract African students and others to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent and context
  • Build capacity of weaker institutions through partnerships with stronger academic institutions
  • Provide opportunities for Masters and doctoral research that will contribute more directly to national and regional development priorities
  • Enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country
  • Promote regional integration not only in teaching and research but also in other sectors

The Project Components 

1.Strengthening Regional Anchor Universities (RAUs) in Regional Key Gap Areas with specialization(s)
2.Capacity-building Support to RAUs through Regional Interventions
3.Project Facilitation, Coordination and Management


Interested universities should meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  •  Be from one of the participating countries which have IDA funding availability;
  • Has had at least 5 cohorts of graduates with masters degrees in relevant areas;
  •  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;
  • Has at least one existing active and functional regional partnership in the area of agriculture;
  • Demonstrates on-going effort in reform/change for institutional improvement;
  • No land acquisition needed if civil works are expected to be financed under the project;
  • 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; and
  •  Only one proposal per university may be submitted

For more information, visit the official website of the World Bank Group Ruforum Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa