The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E. Kazuaki Kameda has advised Ugandan farmers to adopt new techniques of farming so as to improve agricultural production. During his first visit to the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) offices at Makerere University on Wednesday 17th April 2019, H.E Kameda called upon leaders, policy makers and the media to change the mindset of local farmers towards modern agriculture.
“The Government and policy makers should train farmers on the new irrigation methods, water harvesting, and climate change strategies among others. Through capacity building and policy review, farmers can add value to their produces and earn more money. I urge policy makers to borrow a leaf from the technologies we use in Japan to come up with new interventions that can address the issue of climate change and sustain agriculture,” said H.E. Kameda.
The Ambassador emphasized the importance of knowledge and information sharing as a key aspect of social transformation. He tasked the media to inspire farmers by sharing successful stories on the different agricultural aspects.
Noting that the gap between the rich and the poor is widening globally, the Ambassador called upon respective Governments to come up with policies and strategies that can provide solutions to the increasing poverty problem in the world.
Addressing the audience, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe applauded the Government and people of Japan, for supporting Makerere University. According to Prof. Nawangwe, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and AICAD, the Japanese Government has tremendously supported Makerere University research that is geared towards finding solutions to African challenges.
“With this support, we have been able to build capacity among staff and students, carried out search on the critical areas of health, climate change, unemployment and food security. We appreciate the long term relationship that we have built for years with the Government and the people of Japan,” remarked the Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Dominic Byarugaba, the Acting Executive Director, AICAD expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for supporting AICAD activities. He pledged to use the knowledge and information from Japan, to develop innovations that can reduce poverty in the country.
He informed the Ambassador that AICAD is training farmers from western, northern and central Uganda on how to add value to some of the country’s local foods. “We are receiving positive feedback on the value added products from bananas, sim sim and rice,” he said.
He appealed to the Ministry of Education and Sports to support the teaching of sciences in higher institutions of learning. In the same spirit, he called upon parents to fund their children to study science courses including agriculture.
The Training and Extension Director, Mr. Patrick A. Wakhu, said that AICAD collaborates with the government and local authorities to identify farmers who are appropriate for training.
“Since we want the knowledge to be shared in the whole community, we choose groups of farmers engaging in community work. After the training, selected farmers go ahead and mentor the rest of the people in the community,” said Mr. Wakhu.
African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) is a Regional International Institute dealing with poverty reduction in Africa through human capacity development. AICAD was born from the Second Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in 1988, held in Tokyo, Japan. AICAD therefore was established in August 2000.
The Institute was first financed by Japan through Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and presently it is jointly financed by the three East African governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with support from development partners of whom the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA),World Bank, Wetlands International and European Union have been key in all the activities revolving around research and development, training and extension and information network and documentation as the main functional divisions.
Article by written by Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Volunteer- Mak Public Relations Office
Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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