Tag: Farmers

Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.


The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to submit business proposals for support in accessing: Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals, Agri-business incubation services and mentorship Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities The proposal can be on an existing businesses/start-ups run by youth with a view of … Read More Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.

Uganda: Cassava Disease Threatens Food Security


By Bill Oketch KOLE/APAC- Researchers have warned of a serious threat posed by cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), saying it could cause food insecurity in Lango. The worst hit areas are Chegere Sub-county in Apac District and Bala Sub-county in Kole District, where nearly 100 per cent of residents are farmers. Many famers interviewed by this newspaper do not know the origin of this … Read More Uganda: Cassava Disease Threatens Food Security

Varsity launches farm attachment for agro-students


In Summary The programme that was officially launched at Njoro Campus by Nakuru and Baringo Counties Executive in-charge of Agriculture this week has been ongoing on a pilot basis for the last two years. Though all students are supposed to go for field attachment as a course requirement, this programme is intense as students partly become managers and teachers at the same time. Egerton … Read More Varsity launches farm attachment for agro-students

Makerere University engages farmers to evaluate Striga-resistant rice varieties


Striga, also known as the witch-weed, is a parasitic plant that infests cereal crops, often causing yield losses of up to 100% on farmers’ fields. In Eastern Uganda, the weed poses production constraints to upland rice cultivation. It is therefore urgent to manage this problematic weed in order to improve cereal productivity and enhance farmer livelihoods. As part of efforts to address community challenges … Read More Makerere University engages farmers to evaluate Striga-resistant rice varieties

Gulu University Farmer Call Centre: Reaching out in real time to Smallholder Farmers in Northern Uganda


By Okidi Lawrence[1] and Basil Mugonola Gulu University is committed to facilitating community transformation at national and regional levels through its academic programmes. The Masters programmes in MSc. Food Security and Community Nutrition and MSc. Agri-Enterprises development are some of the unique programmes at the University that have a community attachment and engagement model through which students are attached to communities for experiential learning. … Read More Gulu University Farmer Call Centre: Reaching out in real time to Smallholder Farmers in Northern Uganda

AgShare: Working with farming communities to document Agricultural Indigenous Knowledge


The College of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda are participating in the Agshare II Project. This component of Agshare II has resulted in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge through working with farming communities, students and academic faculty. Selected students with computer and agricultural related background have participated in field-based participatory action … Read More AgShare: Working with farming communities to document Agricultural Indigenous Knowledge

Bringing African universities to farmers


Written by Jon Spaull – SciDevNet This film focuses on the work of researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, in Rakai district, an area of the country whose farmers are particularly prone to climate change-induced water vulnerability. As part of the WATERCAP project, they have helped transform local people’s lives. Through the introduction of low-tech innovations, the farmers now enjoy year-round access to safe water … Read More Bringing African universities to farmers

The Case for higher education in Africa – A lot remains to be done


Victoria Mbigidde, Catherine Mloza  Economists say that land, labor and capital are the key factors for production without which a farmer, small or large cannot do without. This is true and by far undisputed. However, over the past two decades, it is increasingly becoming apparent that knowledge is also a critical factor that can determine or affect in some way, agricultural productivity. For arguments’ … Read More The Case for higher education in Africa – A lot remains to be done

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