Research Opportunity: Theme - Enhancing productivity of traditional goat Phenotypes among small holder farmers of Uganda
In Uganda, approximately 40% of the rural households rare goats as an important socio-economic activity. Unfortunately, due to the increased expansion of crop agriculture and settlement, areas under browse production for goats have reduced resulting into diminished goat productivity. One way of increasing goat productivity is through improvement in available feeds. However because of the varied nature of Uganda’s landscape and the presence of different breeds, it is difficult to design an all inclusive feed regime for the entire Uganda.
This study will: i) establish if there are unique traditional goat genotypes corresponding to the selected different agro-ecological zones of Uganda ii. Establish, with the participation of local farmers, the different browse species available in their areas and their actual availability; and determine the nutritional value of the common ones.
As part of the capacity building approach in achieving the above objectives, this is to invite applications from MSc students for a two (2) year research scholarship tenable at Makerere University in the Department of Environmental Management, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
The candidates must be successfully enrolled on an MSc program in CAES and ready to join a vibrant research team to start immediately. The candidates must have prior knowledge in basic biology, Basic Genetics, community work, natural resources conservation and othersupportive knowledge that is deemed useful in addressing the team’s