Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Annual Student Agricultural Exhibition and Career Expo.
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES), is organizing the annual Agricultural exhibition and career expo from 21st to 23rd March 2017 at the Makerere University Freedom square under the theme, “The role of Youth and Small holder farmers in agricultural transformation amidst changing climate and growing population”.
Agriculture is the major employer and accounts for more than 30 per cent of GDP in low-income countries (World Development Indicators 2014 data) and is among the most sensitive sectors to climate change. Meta-analysis presented in the Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2013) report provides evidence that climate change without adaptation will have negative effects on the yields of major staple crops where local temperatures increase 2°C or more above 1990s levels. Tropical regions are likely to experience stronger yield decline than temperate regions (Porter et al. 2014). Combined with future challenges of population growth, demographic transitions and conservation of ecosystem services, climate change puts future food security and rural prosperity at stake. Whereas Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sectors that can generate wealth with high employment potential (Uganda Vision 2040); it is still on record that majority of the youth are unemployed and most of the food is produced by small holder farmers amidst increasing challenges of climate change and high population growth rates.
It is based on this argument that despite efforts by the youth and the small holder farmers, there is still a lot that needs to be done to increase their resilience against climate change and the dynamic agribusiness sub-sector. This exhibition and career expo will make known to the public the most recent innovations, technologies, products, farming practices and services that can be used to solve problems and make farming and farming businesses a success.