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:
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
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.
The African-Bavarian-Alliance project, funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery, serves to build a network between the HSWT and partner institutions from Ethiopia, Senegal, Tunisia and South Africa (Gauteng & Western Cape).
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.
Applied sciences as a driving force of innovation in Africa - How can the developmental contribution be supported? This was the topic discussed by the HSWT as a member of the "HAW Afrika" network in the German Bundestag at the end of January.
VP Lorz participates in the side event of the Munich Security Conference 2023 entitled "Inspired by Bavarian and Israeli Resilience: How could developing countries provide food security for their citizens?" organised by Fraunhofer LZSiS, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and the State of Israel.
Start of the HAW.International project, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Meeting with Mahmoud Zouaoui, Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as the management of the DAAD office in Tunis and visit to the Université de Tunis El Manar, Université de Carthage as well as Université de Gabès in Tunisia
Delegation trip to South Africa in the framework of the African-Bavarian Alliance
Delegation trip by Prof. Dr. Carsten Lorz under the management of the Bavarian Minister of State Melanie Huml, MdL to Senegal to sign a cooperation agreement with the Senegalese partner university USSEIN at the German Embassy in Dakar (African-Bavarian Alliance)
Visit of a delegation consisting of representatives of the African Union, the AfCFTA administrative office and the GIZ AfCFTA Support Programme to the HSWT within the framework of the African-Bavarian Alliance.
Stay of four guest researchers from the fields of soil and water from Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia at the HSWT
Visit of the Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Cheikh Tidiane Sall, together with Ulrich Rieger from the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy at the Weihenstephan Campus
Start of the English-language Master's programme"Farm Management" at the Triesdorf Campus
Two-day virtual conference "The Coffee Value Chain & Higher Education: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice" with experts from Latin America, Ethiopia and Germany as part of the Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance
Digital launch event for the Technology and Applications Pact with Africa together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Agreement signed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the HSWT on the promotion of junior staff from Africa and research projects for Africa by Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller