Mr. Pius Lutakome

Pius has 9 years of working experience in Animal nutrition-related research and dissemination. Currently, he is an assistant lecturer at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University where he’s engaged in teaching examining and supervising undergraduate students in animal science. Besides, he also a Doctoral Fellow at Ghent University in Belgium where he’s working on a research topic Cross-breed dairy cows in grazing systems of Western Uganda: towards improved nutritional management based on monitoring the metabolic status.”

His doctoral research is supported by a VLIR-IUC scholarship through the Mountains of the Moon University and the VLIROUS Joint Project. Pius is also the coordinator of the Joint Project entitled “Joint endeavour to enhance dairy and beef production in Vietnam, Uganda & Ethiopia through monitoring of Negative Energy Balance in early lactation” funded by VLIROUS in Belgium. In Uganda, the project aims at improving nutritional management of crossbred dairy cows in the grazing systems of Uganda based on monitoring their metabolic status using novel biomarkers and tools. Details of the project can be found on this link https://www.vliruos.be/en/projects/project/22?pid=4098.

Until June 2022, Pius coordinated the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-Uganda team that worked on the Uganda Livestock CGIAR Research Program project entitled “Improving pig productivity and incomes through an environmentally sustainable and gender-inclusive integrated intervention package (MorePork II)”. The team’s country-level work aimed to influence investment and policy by both the private and public sector players. A detailed report of the project can be found at https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/117347.

Before coordinating the ILRI team, Pius worked with the World Agroforestry Centre (aka ICRAF) under the East African Dairy Development Project where he coordinated research and dissemination of a broad range of climate-smart interventions on dairy nutrition for increased on-farm milk production, food security, and economic development in Uganda.

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