About 40 Climate Champions trained under the FEED THE FUTURE Project component of USAID –Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation Activity (ERICCA)About 40 participants from different districts across Uganda code named Climate Champions on 8th and 9th July, 2015 underwent training on climate change. The training brought together people from the private sector, medical personnel, local government, model farmers, district environmental officers and media practitioners among others.
Climate champions in a break away session discussing in groups.
The training was officially opened by the Director, Economic Growth, USAID Jo – Lesser Oltheten. She said the US government has injected over 300 million US Dollars for climate change related activities in Africa this year, Uganda inclusive. She expressed the US Government commitment to supporting climate change activities towards mitigating climate change impacts and enhancing adaptation.
A new 4.2 Million Australian dollar project entitled, "Developing Value Chain Innovation Platforms for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (VCIP4FS) launched.• The four-year project (2015-2019) is funded by the Australian government
• The project will be implemented in Uganda and Zambia
• Makerere University will coordinate the project implementation in Uganda
• Dr. Prossy Isubikalu and Dr. Florence Birungi Kyazze from the Department of Extension are at the fore front of driving the project
• In Uganda , the project will be implemented in Kapchorwa and Manafwa districts
• Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries(MAAIF) Hon. Lt. Col. (Rtd) Dr. Bright Rwamirama lauds Ugandan scientists for research and human resource capacity building
A new project entitled "Developing Value Chain Innovation Platforms for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa abbreviated as VCIP4FS" was on 13th July, 2015 launched.
Participants posing for a group pic with the minister after the launch of the project
The project was launched by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Hon. Lt. Col. (Rtd) Dr. Bright Rwamirama at at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala. The function attracted Development Partners from Australia, the Director General NARO, representatives from the MAAIF, Chief Administrative Officers (Manafwa and Kapchorwa) and representatives from ICRAF. Others present were representatives from the University of Adelaide - Australia, representatives from Landcare international and African Land care, project leaders and partners.
The Minister of state MAAIF Hon Bright Rwamirama reading his speech during the project launch
• Major challenges include Land issues, Fake seeds, Decline in soil fertility, Population increase, and Lack of capital and market
• World Vision registers success in Agricultural production and value added products, calls for more partnerships with Makerere University
Makerere University students undertaking PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovations (ARI) and students from European partner universities undertaking a course in Agricultural Transformation through Innovations (AgTrain) have finished the Field based module on Participatory Research Methods in Nkonzi sub county Mpigi district. . The two weeks field based training started on 21st June to 3rd July 2015.
A section of farmers listening during the feedback session
The program brought together 18 students from Makerere University of different nationalities including Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria and Kenya. Two AgTrain students were from European Universities. The course attracted instructors from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, France and Spain.
• 23 computers and other equipment procured
• Participants from patnering university undergo a week’s e- training
Cutting the tape The e- Learning centre opened
An e- learning centre fully furnished with equipment worth 42, 000 Euros has been opened at Makerere University’s School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering (SFTNB). The centre was unveiled during the opening ceremony of the one week’s e- training workshop held at the SFTNB held on Tuesday 23rd June, 2015.
The establishment of the e-learning center at Makerere University has been funded by the European union funded project titled, “ Capacity building for, “ E-learning Network on Food and Nutrition Security with partner universities in Eastern Africa and Europe (eLEFANS).
e-training inside the e- learning centre