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Ambassador of Japan advises farmers on mindset change towards new farming techniques



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


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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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