The college has over 14 centers serving as a base for knowledge transfer and partnerships. These
are complemented by facilities located at Nyabyeya Forest College and Budongo Conservation
Field Station that cater for Forestry students

Centre NameFocus Area (s) / ObjectivesTarget GroupPartners
The Food Technology
and Business
Incubation Centre
• Conduct research in agro-processing and
value addition,
• Train students, staff and the general
community in entrepreneurship,
• Nurture research ideas into Business
enterprises and commercial products,
• Carry out skills training (short courses)
using the installed equipment for potential
entrepreneurs in food value addition.
Staff, students,
entrepreneurs and
general community
Makerere University, GoU,
Private companies and
Makerere University
Regional Centre for
Crop Improvement
Expand, strengthen and transform the
PhD Plant Breeding program following the
pattern of the highly successful MSc in
Plant Breeding and Seed Systems.
Provide the nations of Eastern and
Southern Africa (ESA) with industry-ready
plant breeders who are equipped to use
cutting edge science to develop and deliver
new varieties of food crops.
Universities and
nations of Eastern and
Southern Africa (ESA)
The world Bank Iowa State
University (USA), North Caroline
State University (USA), Regional
Universities (Universities of
Zambia and Juba); Rwanda
Agricultural Board (RAB)
National Agricultural Research
Institute in DR-Congo (INERA),
National Agricultural Research
Organization in Uganda (NaCRRI
& NaSARRI, and others) The
World Vegetable Center –Arusha
(Uganda) and Seed Co. in
Makerere University
Centre of Excellence
in Waste Management
To become a centre of innovative research and technology development utilizing bio waste (agricultural/ organic wastes) in enhancing sustainable agricultural production and a healthy environment, Optimize and promote compositing of biodegradable waste for improved agricultural production,
Develop livestock feed protocols based
on market crop waste, Develop bio gas technologies for use by small scale households, Offer training, knowledge
sharing and advisory services in waste
management and create linkages with the
private sector in technology development,
Promote the adoption and diffusion of viable waste utilization technologies and products, Promote regional and international research collaborations and linkages and create community awareness and training through linkages
Farmers, universities,
Researchers and
research institutions
Sida, the African Union (AU)
European Union (EU),Government
of Uganda through Bank of
Uganda and Makerere University
Makerere University
Center for Climate
Change Research and
Innovations (MUCCRI)
Promote awareness on climate change,
Conduct research on climate change
science, climate change mitigation and
adaptation in all sectors and disseminate the generated information.
Generate and disseminate innovations for
climate for climate change mitigation and
adaptation in agricultural sciences and
natural resources sectors, Advocate and influence climate change and development policy to enable Uganda address climate change challenges.
Universities and nations
of Eastern and Southern
Africa (ESA)
Rockefeller Foundation, regional
universities and governments
University Center
for Soybean
Improvement and
To serve as a focal node for training
in Plant Breeding, Seed systems and
Biotechnology for the region,
Develop and release superior
Soybean varieties for Uganda and the
East and Central Africa region
Provides all breeder’s and foundation
seed for soybean developed and
released by the Center.
Conduct outreach activities like
training of farmer groups, seed
multipliers and seed companies
in soybean agronomy and seed
production techniques.
University students
and postgraduate,
agencies, non governmental
organizations, seed companies, farmers.
NARO, VODP, Soybean
Africa Limited, World Vision,
Sasakawa Global 2000,
VEDCO, Masindi Seed.
The National
Biodiversity Data Bank (NBDB) –
Avail data and information regarding
the country’s biodiversity to aid in
research, conservation and informing
the decision making process, Act as a central repository for biodiversity information within Uganda, Monitor the national biological resources, Provide consultancy services to the government and other organizations in Uganda in different fields of environment and natural resources, assessment and monitoring of
environment and natural resources.
researchers and policy makers scientists,
government agencies, land managers and
others interested in the conservation and
sustainable utilization of these resources
researchers and policy
makers scientists,
government agencies, land managers and
others interested in the conservation and
sustainable utilization
of these resources
Uganda Forestry
Resources and
Institutions Center
(UFRIC), Makerere
Promote sustainable management of
global commons including forests.

Address global challenging questions
such as the impact of institutions on
forest sustainability,

Collect forest inventory and socioeconomic data from several parts of the globe through its Collaborating
Research Centers (CRCs).

Monitor forest resources and institutions.
Farmers, policy
makers, students,
International Forestry
Resources and Institutions
(IFRI) Research Program.
Indiana University
Makerere University, GoU.
Education Centre
Operate outreach programs for
various stakeholders,

Host refresher and specialized short
courses to meet the demands as they
arise in agricultural and environment.
Farmers, policy
makers, students
Mak, GoU, Researchers and
research institutions.
A consortium
for Enhancing
to Agribusiness
Promote entrepreneurship by
students and graduates of Makerere
University in business incubation
especially those working with
agribusiness or farming.
Students and
graduates of
Makerere University

The Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory: The Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory was initiated in 1992 by several departments of Makerere University after realizing that the training facility in remote sensing and GIS techniques for applications in fields of natural resource surveys and management was becoming essential. The laboratory has over 30 personal computers connected to a local area network.

The Molecular Biology Laboratory is a teaching and research facility that was established under the auspices of DANIDA ENRECA (Enhancement of Research Capacity) with the aim of training African scientists and generating scientific information necessary for conservation of Africa’s Wildlife resources. It utilizes genetic information in biological macromolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA) to address numerous questions and has a potential for application in a wide range of biological fields such as molecular medicine, agricultural and livestock improvement and wild life genetics. It is capable of handling most molecular biology problems ranging from DNA and RNA extraction through to sequencing, genotyping selected genes and gene cloning. Initially, research in the laboratory was focused on documenting amount distribution of genetic diversity in Africa’s large mammals but has now expanded to include genetics major wildlife and livestock, pathogens, microbial and plant genetics.

The Water and wetlands research Laboratory carries out assessment and monitoring of water and wetlands resources with emphasis on wise use of these resources and pollution control. It is equipped for water quality and plant analysis. It involves national and regional projects like L. Victoria Environmental project (LVEMP) and the East African Regional program and Research Network for Biotechnology, Bio safety and Biotechnology Policy Development (BIO-EARN). In
addition, the laboratory is connected to a Local Area Network.

Other centers in the college include:

  1. Centre for Mountain Resources and Disaster Management
  2. Rangeland Resources Centre
  3. Agricultural Policy Analysis Centre