Makerere holds a two weeks workshop to train scientists in Quantitative Genetics and Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding• Course draws 80 students from the East, South and Western Africa’s Regional Centres
• The training is financed by AGRA and Next Generation Cassava project
• United States experts Prof. Bruce Walsh and Prof. Mike Gore to conduct the training
• Deputy Director NARO, Dr. Yona Baguma and Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha Officially open the training at Royal Suites, Bugolobi in Kampala – Uganda
• Training is to broaden breeders’ knowledge to lead innovations that address increasing food insecurity and other livelihood issues facing Africa.
Plant breeding continues to remain a highly dynamic field with a constant flux of new technologies for plant improvement such as advances in genomics, bioinformatics, throughout phenotyping, and new statistical approaches for selection, gene mapping, and GxE interactions.
Participants posing for a photograph after the opening session
It is within this background that Makerere University’s Coordinator for the Regional Programs in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems Dr. Richard Edema proposed and initiated an intensive breeding training workshop for 12-days facilitated for students and Professors of Makerere University and scientists of the Next Generation Cassava project at the National Agricultural Crops Research and Reseources Institute, Namulonge (NaCRRI).
• Min. of State for Higher Education Science and Technology Hon. Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa tables six proposals to streamline Agro Studies Program in government structures
• Mak Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera warns of impending deaths and starvation unless agricultural productivity is increased
• Uganda’s benefits from Agro Studies program increase, says the Regional Coordinator, Mr. Issa Agaba Mugabo
216 students from seven institutions of higher learning in Uganda were on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 flagged off to Israel for the one year paid Agro Studies International Internship Program for the year 2015-2016.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi on behalf of the President flagging off 216 students to Israel
This was the third cohort to be flagged off to Israel following the first batch of 41 students in 2013 at Makerere University and the second cohort of 198 students that was flagged off at Kyambogo University in 2014.
The Department of Geography holds a two weeks refresher course for Alumni of Netherlands institutions on Modern Satellite - based Digital Data technologiesMakerere University’s Department of Geography, Geo informatics and Climatic sciences (GGCS) conducted a two weeks refresher course for people who studied in the Netherlands institutions 4 years and backwards in modern satellite technology.
The participants were awarded certificates of attendance at a colourful dinner held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala. The training was held at the Computer Laboratory of the GGCS Department on second floor of the CIT building,
Guest of Honor gives out certificates to the participants
The course titled, “ Earth Observation and Spartial Analysis for enhanced climate and Disaster Risk Management for Societal Benefit in Africa”, attracted 25 participants from six countries including Uganda, Kenyan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Namibia and Ghana and is a basis for a larger conference to be held next year 2016 in which Makerere is taking lead.
The dialogue was attended by representatives from government, farmer organisations, private sector, NGOs, Research institutions including universities and civil society of about 50 people in total.
Participants pose for a group photograph
Currently, domestic climate financing in developing countries like those in Africa is characterised by a number of challenges. These include inconsistent definitions and criteria to define climate finance, inconsistence markers, indicators and codes to characterise different types of financial data and insufficient institutional arrangements including unclear roles and responsibilities of different ministries.