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Mak and MAAIF Hold CAADP Malabo Declaration Action Planning Meeting



Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), on 30th August 2018 held Uganda’s action planning meeting to assess the implementation of the Malabo declaration.

The Malabo declaration was adopted during the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, held from 26th to 27th June 2014. It was aimed at accelerating agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods mostly centred on small scale farmers’ agriculture.

During that meeting the AU Heads of State and Government adopted the Malabo declaration and committed to ending hunger by 2025 and to achieve this, they resolved to halve the current levels of post-harvest losses by the year 2025.

The declaration required that most of the African countries contribute at least 10% of their national budget towards Agriculture and since that time there have been follow-ups to see which countries have fulfilled the Malabo declaration through the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).

Prof. Archileo Kaaya at the CAADP Action Planning Meeting

According to Prof. Archileo Kaaya; coordinator Uganda Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANAPAN) Uganda Node, CAADP is Africa's policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all.

FANAPAN is a multi-stakeholder network which supports the development of policies regarding food, agriculture and natural resources. It was established in 1987 by a group of Ministers from AU and is currently based in Pretoria, South Africa.

During the meeting held at Fairway Hotel, Prof. Kaaya also the Head, Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering explained that FANPAN has been writing proposals for support to agriculture and one of these was specifically aimed at addressing issues of the Malabo declaration.

“FANPAN got a grant from the African Green Revolution to establish dialogues, for finding the country’s position in line with fulfilling the Malabo CAADP declaration.  

Prof. Archileo Kaaya makes his presentation during the meeting

In order for each country to check its progress in fulfilling the Malabo declaration, they come up with an action plan which has thematic areas that the country promised to fulfill” he said.

The FANPAN funded meeting at Fairway Hotel attracted different Agricultural stakeholders like non-state actors, Makerere University staff, Local Governments and the private sector among others. It was aimed at identifying the gaps in the CAADP ahead of the Kigali-Rwanda meeting of which seven of Uganda’s commitments were identified as needing improvement.

They include; Re-committing to the CAADP process, Enhancing investment finance in Agriculture, Ending hunger by 2025, Halving poverty through Agriculture by 2025, Boosting intra-African Trade in Agriculture commodities and Enhancing resilience to climate change variability.

Prof. Kaaya noted that the Kigali meeting will gather all countries that make up the AU and each country will present their action plan in as far as implementing the CAADP is concerned.

CAES' Dr. Stephen Lwasa takes note of the proceedings during the CAADP meeting

“The ministry of Agriculture identified stunting, malnourishment; poverty and hunger reduction, climate change resilience, and environmental management as still very big problems, “he said.

He explained that each of the thematic areas which the country promised to fulfill has also got subthemes with activities that also have to be fulfilled.

“Looking at where we are doing badly according to the action plan, we want to see what budget can be attached to those areas to enhance development.

We want to see what technical support is needed to address the action problem, be it in the area of supporting technologies, what technical support is needed in developing the technology to address issues of post harvest losses, issues of storage and drying among others,” he said.

MAAIF's Emmanuel Kimbowa makes his presentation at the CAADP meeting

The theme for the Kigali forum is focusing on small holder farmers: “lead, measure, grow to enable new pathways to turn small holder farmers into future agri-businesses”.

According to Emmanuel Kimbowa, Senior Economist MAAIF, Uganda has not been performing well in fulfilling the Malabo declaration and yet agriculture is now a business that many smallholder farmers aspire to engage in.  

He said that during the forum, AU countries’ presentations will be scored based on progress made in fulfilling the CAADP process. He added that Uganda can only fulfill this through a multi-sectoral approach.

“During our joint sector review, it was reported that the ranking was reduced to 39% but Uganda managed to score 45% yet we did not report on other areas. But if we embrace a multi-sectoral approach we can perform better, “he said.

The First Policy Officer FAO, Jean-Marie Bakweli (L) charting with Mr. Kigula (R) on the sidelines of the CAADP meeting

Agnes Kirabo the Executive Director, Uganda Food Alliance, observed the need to engage the youth in whatever is done in Agriculture to enhance rapid growth.

“There are various opportunities for the youth in Agriculture and Value addition but we are currently not on track towards this objective because we have left them behind” she said.


Story compiled by Agnes Nankebe Nantambi,
For Communication Office, CAES

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



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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