Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has been recognised among leaders and visionaries in promoting a Green Revolution in Africa by The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Forum.
The University was on September 28, 2012 recognized as one of the best institutions for the commitment and excellence in areas of Academia & Research during AGRF Awards gala dinner in Arusha. Others in this category were, The African Centre for Crop Improvement, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Advocacy Organizations - Rural Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI), Tanzania.
Dr. Richard Edema Receives the Award from Koffi Anan in Arusha Tanzania
S. Korea’s Saemul Movement introduced as an effective rural development model to spiral economic transformation in developing countries
Developing countries have the capacity to develop and address the challenges of urbanisation, poverty, low agricultural productivity, poor infrastructure and unemployment using the available resources.
The assurance was made by The President of the Saemaul movement Jai Chang Lee while delivering a public lecture on the South Korea’s Rural Community development model at Makerere University on October 19, 2012. He said economic development can be achieved through a special reform program to transform the rural communities.
Jai Chang said Korea, a former colony of Japan was devasted by the Korean war that continued for three years from 1950 and became one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita income below US$ 100, but today, it has developed to become the 9th largest economy in the world using a simple community model that was established in by the late President Park Joeng Hee in 1970.
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES) is in advance stages of negotiation to start a new program for capacity building to be funded by USAID and Michigan State University(MSU) starting October 2013.
Following several meetings the college management, USAID and MSU representatives, agreed on five main areas of priority in their last meeting held on October 4, 2012.
These areas include Policy Analysis, Entrepreneurship and Business development, Sanitary and Phyto- sanitary (SPS), Climate Change and Nutrition. A team of three namely Denis Mpairwe, Dr. Mnason Tweheyo and Prof. John Muyonga were appointed as contact persons for the project. The latter, Prof. Muyonga is to coordinate.