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Over 450 graduate from CAES : Mak Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera warns of impending Food crisis calling for more investments in Agriculture and other sectors

Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera has warned that the mismatch between the growing population and food production posses a big challenge calling for interventions to improve agricultural production and productivity in the country.

Prof. Kagonyera was   presiding over the third day of Makerere University   63rd   Graduation  ceremony that took place at the Freedom Square on Thursday  January 24th 2013.

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CAES Celebrates the Institutional and Individual Awards Won Since Turning Collegiate

On the 21st of November 2012, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences celebrated its tremendous award-wining spree over the past two year since it turned collegiate.

The Principal, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa receiving the AGRF Award 2012 as one of the best institutions for the commitment and excellence in areas of Academia & Research towards promoting a Green Revolution in Africa

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Makerere Signs Pact with Tottori University Japan: Student/staff exchange, Establishment of an Agro – Technology Park, part of the deal

Makerere and Tottori university have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum on Student Exchange Based on Academic Exchange (MOSE), the first of its kind with the Japanese institution.

The collaboration is expected to benefit the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in terms of training, research, curriculum development, quality assurance, institutional development through student /staff exchange and the establishment of an Agro – Technology Park at Makerere University Research Institute - Kabanyolo (MUARIK).

[L-R]H.E Junji Yamazaki, Goddy Muhumuza, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and Dr. Dagnachew Aklog

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Prof. Joyce Kikafunda Receives Nestle Nutrition Institute in Africa Award (NNINA) 2012

On 23rd October 2012, Prof. Joyce Kikafunda from the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering received the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa Award (NNINA 2012) for her unique and very effective project in Uganda  “Informed Nutrition and Agriculture (GINA) sponsored by USAID Washington.

The colourful ceremony” was held at Speke Resort and Conference centre Munyonyo and presided over by Chairperson National Planning Authority, Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa  under the theme, “Maternal and Child Nutrition: The First  1000 Days”.

The GINA model is  a community  based strategy  that addressed the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition namely food insecurity, poor caring practices and poor health, for the purpose of  reducing  underweight among children below  5 years of age.

The model, aimed at strengthening the linkages between agriculture and nutrition for positive nutrition outcomes through advocacy, capacity building and empowering local communities with knowledge and skills about best practices for child feeding, child care and growth promotion, taking into account the role of health, education and gender.

                           

                           Prof. Joyce Kikafunda   

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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.

CAES Ag. Principal Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa, Jai Chang Lee, the interpreter and Korean Ambassador during a public lecture.

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School of Food Technology wins UMA Show Award 2012

Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering on October 10,2012 emerged as Best Exhibitor in service sector  at the  Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) show that took place from October 4th – 10th 2012.

The week long show attracted participants from ministries, telecom companies, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Madhvani, Spear motors, Jessa farm Nice Plastics and Roofing Ltd among others.

The school of food technology sent a team of 16 people who presented a variety of over 20 products beating all the other competitors at a colourful ceremony that was presided over by the minister of Trade and Industry Amelia Kyambadde and the Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali.

 “We deserved it because we had new products on the market which no one had. We had no duplication they were all organic products and the best food products” the exhibition team leader, Dr.  Balimunsi Hussein Kivumbi remarked.

Happy Moment: Exhibitors, the trophy and some of the products on closing  day of the show

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Makerere wins the AGRF Award 2012

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

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Makerere in a new project deal with USAID and MSU

 

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.

Ag. Principal Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa (L) chairing the meeting

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The 3rd RUFORUM Biennial Conference Held at Entebbe

Story by Issa Mugabo

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Makerere University will strive to remain a research led University, with strong links to communities and industry.

This assurance came from the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu, at the opening of the 3rd Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Biennial Conference on Monday, 24th September 2012.

Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu further shared that Makerere University through the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) has embarked on a path of improving the quality of graduate programmes both at the Masters and PhD levels, through harnessing efforts by RUFORUM and other knowledge centres to provide quality graduate programmes.

He informed participants that through RUFORUM, Makerere University will next academic year introduce jointly withUniversity of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) a PhD Programme in Food Science and Nutrition.

The conference under the theme "Partnerships & Networking for Strengthening Agricultural Innovation and Higher Education in Africa" was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Tress Buchanayandi.

Vice Chancelllor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu [L] shakes hands with Hon. Tress Buchanayandi.

In his address, the Minister said that Uganda was closely working with the East African Community (EAC) and theCommon Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member countries to ensure that RUFORUM activities are integrated within national programmes in these countries and that higher education in Agriculture receives due attention.

He challenged universities in Africa and other research partners to strengthen agricultural value chains on the continent in order to enhance productivity of farmers as well as integrate entrepreneurial skills development in university academic programmes.

Minister Buchanayandi called upon the scientists to enhance the resilience of the African farming communities to climate change challenges, and encouraged African governments to increase their support to the agricultural and higher education sectors as they seek to make a positive contribution in the lives of their populations.

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo challenged higher education institutions in Africa to align themselves to market trends and be in position to anticipate skills needed not only for today but also tomorrow.

[L-R]Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu (Executive Secretary RUFORUM) and Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu

Hon. Muyingo advised Universities in Africa to regularly obtain feedback from their alumni and market stakeholders, and also undertake foresight studies to establish future trends and their implications for human resource capital development.

He also noted that his ministry is working with the other member Universities of the East African Community to establish Centres of Excellence for both research and Higher education.

The Minister hailed Makerere University for the innovative School Gardening pilot project, which is aimed at attracting primary school children to agriculture and retaining them in school through the provision of lunch and other meals.

Some of the posters and technologies exhibited by CAES during the conference in Entebbe.

The RUFORUM Biennial conference provides an opportunity for graduate students to come to together with scientists and practitioners, as a platform for presenting and communicating research findings as well as sharing on-going university research projects.

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences show cased a range of technologies including the Banana tissue culture, New drought tolerant sorghum varieties, mak soybean varieties, climate change research and the Integrated Pest Management technologies among others.

 

 

Makerere implements the New ARI PhD Program

Makerere University Department of Extension and Innovation studies has finally implemented the new regional PhD program in Agricultural and Rural Innovation (ARI).

The program was developed by three East African Universities namely; Makerere University Uganda, Egerton University Kenya, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzanian in collaboration with Wageningen University in Netherlands and Montpellier SupAgro in France. The project was funded by the European Union ACP – EDULINK for Higher Education program at a cost of 500,000 Euros.

The program was launched in May 2012, at a colourful ceremony held at Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo.  In the September- October intake 2012, the department of extension recorded its first intake of 20 students out of the 30 that had applied.

“We have 19 Ugandans and one student from Malawi. They come from different organisations like NARO, Ministry of Agriculture, Private consultancies and teachers and of these, there are two Members of Parliament”  a lecturer, Dr. Florence Kyazze said.

ARI Pioneer class posing or a photo at the School of Agricultural Sciences

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