ERIGNU PROJECT

(Enhancing Rice-Greengram productivity in Northern Uganda)

Poverty levels in the northern Uganda remain the highest in the nation (UBOS, 2016). Rice, a strategic crop in the national agricultural development strategy and a key crop in the multi-annual-strategic plan of the Dutch Embassy in Kampala has very low average yields from farmlands in northern Uganda. In the region, smallholder rice farmlands are cultivated every season with little soil nutrient replenishment. The land is often left un-utilized in between rice crops resulting in reduced land productivity. We propose to introduce greengram in rice cropping system to increase land productivity, improve soil fertility, and enhance farmer’s income and nutrition among women and youth. We will also evaluate use of rhizobia inoculum to inoculate greengram and develop farmer-centred seed production and business. An ICT-enabled knowledge sharing framework will be established to enhance farmers’ information access. Up-to 1,500 smallholder farmers will be assisted to improve their household incomes, food and nutrition security.

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Integrating ICT in Commercial Production of Quality Sweetpotato Planting Material in East Africa (ICOPSEA)

The project is focusing on “Integrating ICT in Commercial Production of Quality Sweetpotato Planting Material in East Africa (ICOPSEA)”. The project is a consortium of 6 East African partners in including 2 universities (Makerere University; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology), 2 research institutes (Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute, Tanzania; Rwanda Agricultural Board) and 2 private laboratories (MIMEA International Kenya Ltd; SENAI Farm Supplies Ltd). The funding has been provided by the Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa; www.bioinnovate-africa.org) Programme, a regional initiative currently operational in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). BioInnovate is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi Kenya, and the funds will assist countries in eastern Africa benefit from the advances in biosciences, by converting such technologies into innovations for inclusive growth and sustainable development. The conceptualization of the project stemmed from the realisation that use of poor quality sweetpotato planting material results in 50-98% yield reduction in elite varieties, and the associated increasing demand for quality planting material. The ICOPSEA consortium is led by Makerere University and is expected to contribute to enhanced food and income security among smallholder farmers in East Africa through commercialization of the sweetpotato seed value chain. The ICOPSEA consortium project will run for 3 years (2018-2020).

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Ecohydrological Connectivities and Complexities: Deciphering Transformative Landscape Change in the Drylands of Northern Uganda (ECOLAN)

This project is a research project that analysing the ecohydrological consequences of transformative landscape change in the drylands of northern Uganda, analysing vegetation phenological dynamics in the dryland ecosystems of northern Uganda, and analysing socio-ecological resilience of dryland ecosystems in northern Uganda. The project is being implemented using an interdisciplinary approach. Six graduate students (4 MSc and 2 PhD) are engaged in this project with a team of 12 senior academics. The project is being financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York through Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture. The project partners are Makerere University and Gulu University.


Tsetse Invasion Effect on Socio-Ecological Resilience of Pastoral Communities in Karamoja Sub-region, Uganda (SORES)

Over 70% of Uganda is infested by tsetse flies with devastating impacts on both human and livestock health. Tsetse invasion of Karamoja has been reported further threatening livestock production in the sub-region which is central to food security and economic wellbeing of households in the sub-region. This SORES project is focused at strengthening epidemiological surveillance of tsetse fly in Uganda. The project is specifically; mapping and characterising tsetse fly spatial distribution in Karamoja sub-region, analysing factors risk factors influencing tsetse flies prevalence in Karamoja sub-region, and assessing the effect of tsetse flies invasion on socio-ecological resilience of Karamoja sub-region. Three master’s students from Makerere University are undertaking field research and assessments in this project.

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