Over the years, RUFORUM has championed transformative graduate research and training in agricultural sciences through supporting graduate research and training implemented under the Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS). One of the competitive grants that is routinely made available through Senior Faculty in member universities is the Graduate Research Grants (GRGs). The GRG supports the training of master level students under the mentorship of a research team drawn from within the university and outside the university. Dr. Ann Akol from Makerere University was one of the recipients of a GRG to train two master students. RUFORUM takes the pleasure to introduce the two  beneficiaries undergoing training and mentorship.

DianaMs. Namayanja Diana was born in Masaka District, Uganda. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences, Zoology major) of Makerere University. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Makerere University). She also received professional skills development training on Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation at Gent University, Belgium; funded by VLIR-UOS. Diana previously worked at Nyabyeya Forestry College as a Lecturer in Apiculture. Currently, Diana works as Research Assistant/Apiculturalist with the National Agricultural Research Organisation based at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute in Tororo District, eastern Uganda. To further her skills and competences, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Zoology (Entomology) funded by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). This funding is provided through the RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant (GRG) being implemented by Dr. Ann Akol of the College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University. Diana’s research focuses on “Developing a management approach for Varroa destructor infesting hived honey bee colonies in Uganda”. The study will provide .

AgabaMr. Agaba Aggrey was born in Rukungiri District in south western Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Biological sciences majoring Zoology) of Makerere University. Mr. Agaba worked as a Research Assistant at Makerere University School of Public Health under the One health Central East Africa network (OHCEA Secretariat). He has special interest in Entomology, management of pests and vectors, and wildlife conservation. Over the years, Mr. Agaba has focused at promoting commercial Entomology and environmental conservation as a mechanism to achieving healthy and productive societies. In 2015, he received the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Master of Science Scholarship provided through the Graduate Research Grant (GRG) implemented by Dr. Ann Akol (principal investigator). Dr. Ann Akol is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University. The Scholarship will support his pursuit of the Master of Science in Zoology (Entomology) at Makerere University. Mr. Agaba’s research focuses on “Evaluating the Prevalence of Honey Bee Pest and control mechanisms of Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida”. This research investigates an emerging pest challenge in Honey Production Value chain that has contributed to significant losses of honeybee colonies and beekeeping income. This research will provide information on the incidence and severity of the small hive beetles in honeybees in four different agro – ecological zones of Uganda and contribute to in providing strategic control measures to enhance Honey production value chain in Uganda.

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