• International Partnerships

Network Africa

Network Africa creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, concepts and people between African universities and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) on topics related to applied life sciences.

Network Africa: Challenges & Solutions

The Africa Network will contribute to solving the many challenges facing academic education in Agriculture and Food Technology - and beyond. These include:

  • Food Security

  • Impact of climate change

  • Productivity of smallholder agriculture

  • Minimising losses during harvest, storage and transport

  • Processing of agricultural products to increase value added

  • Start-up, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness and Food Technology


Goals Pursued by Network Africa

Network Africa has set itself the goal of contributing to the knowledge society in African countries, which serves as the foundation of a stable and functioning society as well as the basis of a successful business location. This can create new jobs, support smallholder farms in sustainably increasing production and income, and shift value creation to rural Africa.

As a concrete goal of knowledge transfer, the stronger inclusion of practical elements is at the top of the agenda. The experience of the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf in practice-oriented life sciences is to complement the often very theoretically oriented agricultural education in Africa.

Network Africa in Figures

Years Ago


Training Pact with Africa (AmA)

The training pact with Africa sets out core measures and expansion measures to strengthen the exchange of knowledge, for example training for managers, but also the Master's programme in Agricultural Management.

Postgraduate Course "Foodchains in Agriculture"

The postgraduate course "Foodchains in Agriculture" with a maximum of 25 African Master's graduates takes place at the Triesdorf Campus.

Technology and Application Pact (TAP)

The TAP works with African universities of applied sciences and companies on application-oriented teaching in the field of Agriculture & Value Creation.

Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences

The Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance was a project existing until 2021 to build a network in the Ethiopian region to promote international academic training.

African-Bavarian Alliance

The African-Bavarian-Alliance project, funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery, served to build a network between the HSWT and partner institutions from Ethiopia, Senegal, Tunisia and South Africa (Gauteng & Western Cape) until the end of 2023.

TOMATO project

In cooperation with the three Ethiopian partner universities Bahir Dar, Hawassa and Arsi, the TOMATO project aims to strengthen local value chains in fruit and vegetable cultivation through practice-oriented higher education in Foodstuff Management.


The HAW.International project serves to expand the international study and training opportunities offered by the HSWT.

Women Empowerment in Food and Agriculture Cooperatives through Enabling Market Access (WEFACE)

The overall objective is to empower women in the agri-food sector and to promote sustainable and innovative practices for a better food and agriculture industry. WEFACE is a joint project of four countries: Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) from Germany, Arsi University from Ethiopia, Université du Sine Saloum El-Hâdj Ibrahima NIASS (USSEIN) from Senegal and Gabes University from Tunisia.

Boosting Agricultural Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa (BASIS)

The overall project objective of BASIS is to support partner universities in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Togo, Senegal and Uganda, in the transition to practice-based teaching in order to improve students' employability and strengthen capacity building and partner universities' strategies for social inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility of Agriculture education.

Cooperation for Holistic Agriculture Innovation Nests in Sub-Saharan Africa (CHAIN)

CHAIN's overall objective is to support the modernisation of agricultural education in Togo, Nigeria and Kenya by promoting a more holistic and people-centred approach to agricultural education, training and innovation.

Managing (South) Africa and Senegal Sustainability Targets through Economic-diversification of Rural-areas (MASSTER)

The MASSTER project explores ways to support agriculture students and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa by offering innovative education and training tools implemented through greater involvement of universities of applied sciences in community development and a whole-of-society approach in the context of linking agriculture and rural development as well as migration and mobility.

African-Bavarian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences 2.0

As a continuation of the African-Bavarian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences, which was concluded at the end of 2023, the African-Bavarian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences 2.0 includes Kenya in the network, thus further promoting dialog between all Bavarian partner countries on the African continent. The Alliance 2.0 is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery.

African-German Applied Research Initiative on Agroforestry - Perspectives from Sub-Sahara Africa and Germany (Agroforestry)

The DFG project is pursuing the establishment of an African-German platform for applied research on agroforestry with partner institutions from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Benin and Ghana.

FAMFISK – Fostering Agricultural Machinery & Food Technology in Senegal & Kenya

The aim of the joint project between HSWT, the Maschinenring Foundation and the Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft is to enable Senegalese and Kenyan universities to support the establishment and expansion of machinery rings in Senegal and Kenya. The project is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Building Capacity for Climate-Resilient Food Systems in Africa (CaReFoAfrica)

The aim of this EU project is to promote capacity building in the field of climate change adaptation in African agriculture through the training of master and doctoral students.

Mobility 4 Agricultural International Networks Supporting Thematic Resilience and Enhancing Adaptation and Mitigation (MAINSTREAM)

The project, funded by the European Union, promotes institutional modernization and internationalization reforms in agricultural education and training in Africa at master and doctoral levels, particularly of vulnerable and underrepresented groups, including youth and women.

Green Futures

The main objective of the Green Futures project is to strengthen and support marginalised groups in the agricultural sector in southern Africa through knowledge transfer and capacity development. The target groups are women, young and smallholder farmers and university students, taking into account gender and role sensitivity. The beneficiary countries of the project include Zambia and South Africa.



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