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Low Funding of Market Information Systems Limiting Agric Productivity

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In the ideal world, Market Information Systems (MIS) are a farmer’s lifeline. In an instant, the farmer is able to analyse the best market for his agricultural produce; thanks to the volume of information flowing through the supply chains, hence ensuring increased transparency.

In the ideal world, Market Information Systems (MIS) are a farmer’s lifeline. In an instant, the farmer is able to analyse the best market for his agricultural produce; thanks to the volume of information flowing through the supply chains, hence ensuring increased transparency.

The development of the Internet has further reinforced the ability of MIS to provide valuable service to the agricultural sector.

Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, DVC(AA) makes her introductory remarks at the 7th PhD Dissemination Series 11th Nov 2011, Makerere UniversityHowever, these systems have been carefully built up over time, thanks to the provision of improved agricultural market information and continuous investment. In the Seventh PhD Dissemination series, Dr. Andrew Muganga Kizito a Lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, College of Business and Management Sciences, made a presentation on the role of MIS in agricultural marketing, the characteristics of information, and the environment in which the MIS operates and hence some of the ways of funding MIS activities.

Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) in her welcome remarks stressed the importance of the dissemination series as an avenue for staff to share research from their respective disciplines, with the university community. This sharing it is further envisaged will create a community of scholars and help in the formation of research networks and chains.

“We must encourage interdisciplinary research, because that is the only way we will be able to effectively solve the problems of society,” she added.

Dr. Andrew Muganga Kizito makes his presentation "Economics of Information and Its Implications for Agricultural Market Information Systems Design and Impact" at the 7th PhD Dissemination Series 11th Nov 2011 Makerere UniversityIn his presentation Dr. Muganga noted that well designed MIS helped create a level playing field by improving the welfare of agricultural producers as a result of providing up-to-date market information, hence creating a level playing field and increasing production supply. These advances would in turn foster the development of polices, and provide a monitoring tool for both governments and donor agencies.

Dr. Muganga further examined characteristics of information like indivisibility, non-appropriability, non-rivalry, quality uncertainty; a complicated property, whereby users cannot judge whether the information being offered is good or bad until they have purchased/obtained it. However this property leads to the creation of a high information cost good, which the user is likely not to buy, or most certainly under invest in it. He then looked at the perishability of the information that considers the importance of information, based on the frequency of availability i.e. whereas a farmer might require the information on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to sustain his business, a policymaker on the other hand would be comfortable with receiving a batch of the same information monthly or every other month.

Dr. Barnabas Kiiza the discussant makes adds his voiceHe further examined factors relating to the environment in which an MIS operates such as; inflation, which would lead to price uncertainty, hence increasing the demand for a market information system, while factors like high number of traders in the market would almost eliminate the need for the MIS as they’d each seek to attract the most number of buyers by offering the best market price.

In concluding his presentation, Dr. Muganga outlined four ways of funding MIS activities as: administrative or government funding using tax money; a combination of administrative and donor funding, and private effective demand; tie-in-sale of market information and members fees; and private effective demand through subscriptions fees and information sales.

Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa, Chairman of the National Planning Authority (NPA) graced the presentationIn his reactions, the discussant Dr. Barnabas Kiiza, Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences tasked the presenter to examine scenarios of how the small holder farmers may be able to benefit from a MIS scenario analysis of the Ugandan market, given that there were no MIS operating on a large scale. He also noted the need to examine the different African MIS models and identify a hybrid which is easily accessible to small holder farmers, considering that most MIS are ICT-based.

For any research findings to be effective, it ought to address the planning and policy needs of a nation. Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa, the Chairman, National Planning Authority who graced the occasion commended the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) for the innovation of research dissemination. He commended the presenter for capturing the gaps in MIS design and further charged him to come up with a policy brief.

The Chief Guest at the 7th PhD Dissemination Dr. Fred Muhumuza makes his remarksThe Chief Guest Dr. Fred Muhumuza, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development commended Dr. Muganga for choosing the agricultural market information sector to conduct his research, observing that this was a relatively untapped sector.

He challenged the university as the largest and premier public institution to continue supporting policy makers “As the premier public university, you cannot afford not to be the largest but must at the same time continue to give us that premier cream that we the policy makers cannot get from anywhere else” he added. He further urged the university to disseminate to both public and target audiences.

Dr. Muhumuza further urged the presenter to narrow down on areas like; small scale, large scale, value adders and processors, inputs, and so on, considering that production and productivity are a big agenda for the Government of Uganda.

 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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