Conference Dates: 
Wed, 2014-06-18 - Sat, 2014-06-21

About Energy-Agro-Food

The Energy-Agro-Food action is a bilateral collaboration between European and East-African Universities to design and develop an educational program that matches the current and expected professional requirements in the field of Energy and Agro-Food Systems.


 The Energy-Agro-Food action aim 

The overallaim of the action is to strengthen innovation and raise sustainability in the energy– agriculture sectors in East Africa through the improvement of human resources. Accordingly the specific objective of the action is to increase the capacity of local universities to supply innovative programmes on the two thematic fields of Energy and Agro-food at postgraduate and Lifelong Learning levels. Further, the action will merge in improving the academic staff scientific competences and networking capacities and training experts with higher standard qualification in the energy and agro-food sector



The Energy-Agro-Food action is composed of consortium from:

Africa Universities

  • University of Nairobi (Kenya),
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania),
  • Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia),
  • Mekelle (Ethiopia),

European Universities

  • University of Bologna (Italy),
  • University D’Auvergne (France) and
  • University of Pavia (Italy)



Co-ordinating Institute

University of Bologna-Alma Master Studiorum

Department of Agro-Food Science and Technology

Viale Fanin 50, 40126 Bologna, Italy


Expected Outcome 

  1. Increased university awareness and capacity in interpreting local and regional needs of the agriculture-energy sectors.
  2. Reinforced universities’ capacity to design programs, teach and produce innovative knowledge of the local teaching staff.
  3. New teaching modules and materials jointly designed and incorporated in university programs in Master, PhD and lifelong learning level.
  4. New teaching modules implemented and tested at local and regional level with integration of internship experiences.



  1. 14-16 January, 2014: The Kick-off meeting was the first project meeting. It was organized in Bologna, country of the Project Coordination Unit.
  2. 4th March, 2014:A Local conference with project and external stakeholders was organised in Nairobi between University of Pavia (Italy) and the University of Nairobi.The objective was to share the results and gatherfurther feed backs on the state of the art on the local labour market and the expectations on the role of Universities. The conference was also an opportunity to collect ideas on possible cooperation between Universities and stakeholders and opportunities to take up internships and traineeship.
  3. 19-21 June 2014:Regional conference with project and external stakeholders with two main objectives: comparing national analysis to evaluate differences and similarities; receiving feed backs from regional actors with a broader vision of the evolution of the agro-food and energy labour market.
  4. November 2014:Training visits of senior African academic staff in Europe.
  5. Sept. 2015: A Summer school will be organized at the University of Nairobi in order to test the effectiveness of new modules and teaching materials and to offer a week of innovative training, with the possibility of co-teaching of African and European professors. Two academics from each partner University and five students from each African partner University will participate. Interactive sessions and working groups focusing on project works to facilitate student’s integration.