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NARO-MAK Agricultural Conference First Announcement : 21 – 24 November 2016, Kampala, Uganda

NARO-MAK Agricultural Conference

First Announcement 

21 – 24 November 2016, Kampala, Uganda


Agriculture remains a leading sector that spurs the economy of Uganda by contributing 23% to GDP and employing at least 70% of the country’s labour force. Agriculturalresearch is instrumental in catalysing the development of agricultural sector, yet it is faced with a range of constraints that have impaired delivery of impact at production and other levels of agricultural value chain. It is against this background that National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and Makerere University (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, CAES), are organizing a joint conference for agricultural stakeholders (e.g. farmers, private and public sectors, civil society and development partners)in Uganda.


Conference Objectives

The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for stakeholders along the agricultural value chain to share information and knowledge. The specific objectives include:

  1. Enabling a wide range of stakeholders access information and knowledge on technologies, innovations and management practices for improving agricultural productivity
  2. Galvanizing solution-oriented dialoguing on current bottlenecks that impair agricultural research from effective contribution to sustained agricultural transformation
  3. Creating avenues for leveraging synergies among agricultural sector actors including farmers, extension service providers, research, academia and otherprivate and public sector institutions, for meaningful impact on the agricultural development

Theme: Agricultural Innovations for socio-economic transformation


Sub-theme 1: Plant, Livestock and Fish Improvement

Scope: conventional plant breeding, biotechnology, tissue culture, livestock breeding, fish breeding.

Sub-theme 2: Plant, Livestock and Fish Protection

Scope: diseases, pests and their management

Sub-theme 3: Plant management

Scope: soil management, crop husbandry, agro-forestry, water for crops(quality, availability, access), farm mechanization, forestry husbandry

Sub-theme 4: Livestock and Fisheries Management

Scope:  dairy, beef, poultry, rangelands, livestock feeds, piggery, apiculture, aquaculture stocks, water (quality, availability, access)

Sub-theme 5: Postharvest and Value Addition

Scope: food products/formulations, nutrition, mechanization of postharvest operations, methods, animal products, forestry products, fish products, food quality and safety

Sub-theme 6: Agricultural extension, Agri-business and Policies

Scope: innovation systems, agriculture for enhanced employment, effects of policies on agricultural development, agricultural markets, economics, financial services, business development

Sub-theme 7: Cross-cutting areas

Scope:  carbon management, renewable energy, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change and adaptation, gender and diversity, environmental and social safeguards

Date:                           21 – 24 November 2016

Venue:                        Kampala, Uganda

Lead institutions:       National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and Makerere

                                    University (MAK)


1. The Director General, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), P.O. Box 295 Entebbe, Uganda; Tel: +256 414 320 341/2; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. The Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University,P.O. Box 7062 Kampala, Uganda; Tel: +256 414 542 277; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us

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