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Invitation to Participate in a Public Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012

Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), in  conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), are organizing a  Public Debate to discuss Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and The Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012. The debate will take place on Thursday 18th July 2013, starting at 2.00 pm in Makerere University Main Hall.

As you may already know the Parliament of Uganda is currently debating (and is on the verge of passing) the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012. This bill is aimed at, among other things, providing a legal framework for the development, distribution and use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda. The bill has been developed to accommodate and provide for scientific advancements in the improvement of crop varieties, reduction of diseases and enhancement of crop production. It is however known that GMOs must be produced and used in a well-regulated environment. It is therefore important that two issues are well discussed and understood by the public before this bill is passed into law: the good and bad of GMOs on one hand and the robustness of the draft bill in protecting Ugandans and their environment on the other.

The debate will also provide a forum for participants to discuss the key questions: 

• Is the proposed Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 drafted to please foreign interests or drive the agenda of Ugandans?

• What therefore does responsible use and application of biotechnology mean to you?

• Does the bill sufficiently protect us against selfish and greedy private interests? 

• Could it be true that people opposed to elements of it are just uninformed and enemies of application of biotechnology for community and national development or could they actually be patriotic Ugandans who are working to protect our heritage and the future of Uganda’s children and their land?

As a result, a communiqué will be developed and sent to Parliament and other actors to guide the process of discussing the said Bill. 

All are welcome

Viva Voce Examination and Public Defence

There will be a Viva-voce examination for the following candidates which will take place on Monday 29th July, 2013 for the following candidates;

1. Mr. Alfred Ozimati --- MSc. Crop Science

2. Mr. Sebatta Christopher --- MSc. Agriculture

3. Mr. Biruma Moses --- PhD. Crop Science

Venue: School of Agricultural Science Conference Room

Time: 09:00 am

Launch of the “Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI)” at CAES.

The Makerere University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Rockefeller funded Project entitled; Strengthening East African Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Capacity through Training, Research and Policy Interventions is launching the “Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI)” on Tuesday 30th July, 2013 starting at 9:00am at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The centre is a new initiative that will develop capacity to address critical issues of climate change adaptation  research, policy development and implementation in East Africa starting with Uganda. The centre will aim at managing a regional climate change community of practice with East Africa to focus, leverage and harmonize efforts as well as address scalability issues. It will also coordinate key climate change activities to include; undertake critical research on climate change adaptation within the framework of a competitive grant scheme in order to generate knowledge and technologies on adaptation in forestry, agro-meteorology, climate science, arable agriculture and livestock production, and natural resources management, by extending current research and establishing new research programmes, creating a regional community of practice on climate change adaptation in agriculture to increase knowledge-sharing and collaboration on capacity development, research, and policy engagement, and engaging collaboratively on policy issues related to climate change adaptation.

Programme for the Launch: [Pdf] 


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Office of the Principal

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Makerere University

P.O.Box, 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256-414-542277

Email: principal@caes.mak.ac.ug