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Mak’s Dr. Richard Edema Wins CFAES International Alumni Award 2019



Makerere University alumnus and don, Dr. Richard Edema has won the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) International Alumni Award 2019 for his distinguished service to the university and society.

“We are pleased to inform you that the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board of Directors has selected you as a recipient for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of your significant contributions to your career field, your college, university and your Community”, Part of the award letter to Dr. Edema, from the President CFAES Alumni Society, Nick Retting reads.
The International Alumni Award is given to outstanding international alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State worldwide.

“Our alumni serve as inspirations to our students and the entire CFAES community. They improve our college, their industries, and our world through their work,” Cathann A. Kress, Vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, said in one of the news posts online.

Dr. Edema was among the two (2) of the twelve (12) individuals who received the International Alumni Award during the annual event, held on 2nd March 2019 at the Fawcett Center, Ohio State University Columbus Campus. 10 others received awards in different categories including the Young Professional Award.

When contacted, Dr. Edema said, this international Award came as a total surprise.

“I am far away in Africa. I did not know that my own Alma Mater was keenly following everything that I was doing. Actually, they have very good records up to the point where I am right now and I think after seeing it, they thought it was worth honoring me in that way.

When I travelled there it was really great. I was treated to a red carpet welcome, handled like I have never been before, with a lot respect. Not many people get such awards especially in Africa, and to be among those chosen from across the continent is no mean achievement”, Dr. Edema said.

Dr. Richard Edema shows off his CFAES International Alumni Award 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service to his career field, College, University and Community. Photo credit: CFAES, Ohio State

He noted that Ohio State is a highly internationalized university with close to 70,000 students, and to be chosen among the alumni was a big honor.

“I thank God for the blessings, you don’t do these things on your own. I thank my wife, family, and children. My wife has always been a cheerleader for everything I do. I thank her for giving me space and time to push my career to this level.

I also thank my University, Makerere, for nurturing me, giving me the environment in which I could do what I am doing, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha the Principal, Prof. Adipala Ewamu for being a good mentor since my undergraduate days. I also thank Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Rufaro Madakaze, and all funders who have supported my work here for the last over 10 years,

I thank all my colleagues, collaborators and students who have made me push for the best in myself. I thank the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the entire University Management for having been supportive in all that I have been doing. I am humbled and feel extremely happy” he said.
About Dr. Richard Edema

Richard Edema is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Production Makerere University and Centre Director, of the recently established World Bank Centre of Excellence in Crop Improvement – Makerere University Regional Centre for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI). In the last nine (9) years), he oversaw the development of this program into a model for regional capacity building in East Africa.

He obtained his B.Sc (Agric. Hons.) in 1994 and M.Sc. (Agric.) in 1996 from Makerere University, and his Ph.D. in plant pathology (molecular virology) at the Ohio State University in 2001. His doctoral research focused on analyzing the genetics of virulence of the Maize Streak Mastervirus (MSV).

He has been involved in several research projects such as the AGRA and RUFORUM Regional Capacity building program, regional sorghum improvement program funded by BIOEARN, and research on validation of molecular markers linked to important traits of maize, cassava, and sorghum.

He has worked on capacity building in East Africa for biosafety and environmental impact assessments of transgenic plants.  Recently, he initiated a new cowpea improvement program at Makerere University that has quickly gained recognition. He has also worked on capacity building in East Africa for biosafety and environmental impact assessments of transgenic plants.  

He has trained over 50 MSc and PhD students. He has over 80 peer reviewed scientific publications to his credit. Dr. Edema’s training and research programs have attracted over US$ 11 Million to the University.

Please see Downloads for Dr. Edema's CV and click the links below for more details and photos of the award ceremony.  

Report compiled by: Jane Anyango, Communication Officer, 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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