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6th FARA Conference ends in Accra, Ghana

  • Mak Don, Dr. Donald Kugonza wins a prize  for young scientists
  • Participants applaud Makerere for her technologies and innovations
  • The Soil Testing Kit, Omulondo liquer excite participants
  • Mak dons represent the University in different fora.

The 6th Africa Agriculture Science week and FARA General meeting ended Saturday 20 July, 2013 at Accra International Conference Centre Ghana. The conference commenced on July 15 and attracted over 1200 delegates including agricultural ministers, specialized agencies, universities, farmer organizations, private sector, civil society, research centers, regional and international organizations and donors among others.

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Makerere University Supports Small Holder Farmers in Rakai District to Harvest Water and to Set-up Small scale Irrigation Gardens to Cope with Effects of Climate

In conjuction with Masaka Diocese Development Organisation (CARITAS-MADDO), a church based NGO,Makerere University has supported ten farmers to construct water tanks for harvesting water from their roofs for both domestic use and irrigation of their kitchen gardens during the dry season. In addition, groups of farmers have also been assisted to set-up small holder irrigation systems to take advantage of a stream that runs through the village to grow high value crops such as vegetables.

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Makerere Launches training program for Plant doctors and nurses.

  • Initiative spearheaded by CABI through Plantwise
  • Aim is to ensure that at least by 2015 a million of farmers will have access to the information that they need to produce more and loose less
  • Graduates to establish and manage plant clinics
  • Plant doctors take modular courses  in  major crop diseases and pest diagnosis  and offer practical recommendations
  • Training to be integrated in University curriculum
  • In-service training of plant doctors to be accredited by Makerere University  

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has launched a training program for plant doctors  starting with the current Undergraduate BSc Agriculture students on Recess term training at the University Research Institute at Kabanyolo. The initiative funded by donor funds is spearheaded by CABI through Plantwise - a global initiative that helps countries develop a sustainable national plant health system.

                                 Participants pose for  a group photo after the launch

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Makerere takes Climate change project to Mayuge to encourage farmers to plant trees

  • Prof. John Tabuti holds research dissemination workshop on tree planting
  • Farmers endorse study findings as true information that was obtained
  • Study documents 11 multipurpose tree species   valued by farmers
  • Tree pests, drought, land scarcity, planting materials identified as key challenges to tree cultivation.
  • Farmers demand for more extension services and strict measures  to guide  sugarcane growing in the area

 Uganda like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is already severely and disproportionately affected by climate change and vulnerable to future variability, and yet has the least capacity to respond.

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Makerere University has been provided with a grant to develop the country and regional capacity to stem the challenge posed by climate change through the project titled, “Strengthening East African Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Capacity through Training, Research and Policy Interventions”.

This initiative will develop capacity to address critical issues of climate change adaptation research, policy development and implementation in East Africa. In addition, it will help to create a regional climate change community of practice with East Africa-focused collaborators.

 Current major thrust being undertaken by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences include Curriculum review and reform to address climate change; Creation of a national think-tank to guide policy, research and reform processes in the University and country; Marshalling national and regional human resources via a regional community of practice and Critical research on climate change adaptation.

Muyuge scenary as pictured from the Local government headquarters. Farmers plant multipurpose trees mostly  edible for income and food.

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Makerere Constructs Valley Tanks for Nakasongola Residents

  • 3 year Project costs 150,000 Euros
  • New valley Tank drilled  for human use
  • Animal dam that was built in 1967  reconstructed  and widened
  • Water pump with capacity of pumping  4000 litres on 0.6 Litres of petrol procured
  • A 70 ft wide water  trough with the capacity of 4000 litres  of water constructed
  • Makerere Dons Appeal to District Water Department to own the project.

Residents of Kanyonyi village, Wanzogi - Subcounty ,  Kalungi Parish in Nakasongola district have got two valley Tanks courtesy of Makerere University. The three year project titled strengthening Universities Capacities for Mitigating Climate Induced Vulnerabilities in East Africa (WATERCAP) started in 2011 at an estimated cost of 150,000 Euros. Another site is being worked upon in Rakai district.

The project was an initiative from RUFORUM an umbrella where different Universities in Africa come together to do training and research. It is led by Makerere University Assoc. Prof. Paul Kibwika as the Principal Investigator and Dr. Florence Kyazze from the department of Extensions and Innovation studies assisted by Engineer Nicholas Kiggundu from Agricultural Bio systems engineering.

This project is aimed at harnessing water and its use especially production in water stressed areas.  Makerere University is collaborating with Egerton University (Kenya), RUFORUM which is an umbrella organization for African Universities, and Bok University in Austria.

  Reconstructed and widened dam for cattle in Kanyonyi village

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Makerere’s Mobile Fruit Factory Launched in Yumbe

  • Processes 20 tonnes of mangoes in five days, the juice to be sold to Kampala companies that can make retail packs but some to be utilised by the Business Incubation Centre
  • Farmers paid 200/= per kilogram
  • Mango supply exceeds the capacity of the machine
  • Residents demand for more mobile machines or a permanent factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDC rep. Baluku Alozio (infront) followed by IGP representative Capt. Musherure move to launch the machine

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Makerere University, Uganda Police and Prisons flag off the Mobile Fruit Processor for Mango juice extraction in Yumbe .

Makerere University in partnership with Uganda Police and Prisons has flagged off a Mobile Fruit Factory to Yumbe district to extract Mango juice as part of the initiative to address post harvest loses and value addition for farmers produce.

The Mobile Fruit Processor was flagged off by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Elizabeth Muwanga at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio- engineering on the 16th May, 2013 about 10:00 am and would arrive in Yumbe district at around Midnight. Also present at the function were representatives of the Uganda Prisons led by   Andrew Kisitu and University officials.

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CAES holds dialogue with parliamentarians on climate change: Presents curriculum review efforts and research findings for policy guidance.

Scientists  from Makerere University  College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES) working on a climate change project on April 17th 2013 engaged  Parliamentary committees of Agriculture, Natural resources and climate change to update them on what the university was doing in regard to addressing the impact of climate change.

The climate change policy dialogue was held at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala on the project titled, “Strengthening East African Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation capacity through Training Research and Policy Intervention.

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Ag. Deputy Principal - CAES hands over office

Ag. Deputy Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Prof. Frank Kansiime has handed offer office to the New Deputy Principal Dr. Goretti  Nabanoga Nsubuga. The ceremony was held on Friday 10th May 2013 in the conference room School of Agricultural sciences.

Dr. Goretti Nabanoga received the instruments of power which included the keys to the office and files mainly University policies and college documents. Items in the office included a desktop computer, an office desk, executive chair, foldable table, a shelf, one locker, two telephone headsets, a small table to hold a printer and printing paper .It was reported that a printer had been ordered.

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