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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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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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