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Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi takes over as New Dean, School of Forestry, Environmental & Geographical Sciences

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The outgoing Dean, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Dr. Fred Babweteera has officially handed over to the new Dean, Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi. Dr. Babweteera, an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism at CAES has held the position for over four years starting January 2019. Dr. Twinomuhangi was appointed Dean, SFEGS for a four-year term starting 1st July 2023.

Dr. Babweteera (2nd R) hands over to Dr Twinomuhangi as the Principal of CAES, Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga (L) and the College Human Resource Officer, Ms Harriet Hawa witness. School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Dr. Babweteera (2nd R) hands over to Dr Twinomuhangi as the Principal of CAES, Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga (L) and the College Human Resource Officer, Ms Harriet Hawa witness.

Speaking at the handover ceremony held at the SFEGS on 13th July 2023, the Principal of CAES, Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga commended the outgoing Dean for his outstanding contribution towards improving graduate training processes at the School. “When Dr. Babweteera took over as Dean, the School had several challenges with regard to graduate training. Dr. Babweteera has done a great job to improve graduate training processes. He has set the standards so high and the completion rates have greatly improved,” she noted, pledging total support to the new Dean to further improve operations at the School.

Dr. Babweteera hands over some of the office instruments to Dr. Twinomuhangi. School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Dr. Babweteera hands over some of the office instruments to Dr. Twinomuhangi.

In his remarks, Dr. Babweteera congratulated the new Dean upon his appointment and pledged to support him. Presenting the handover report, he highlighted the achievements registered during his term of office, and some of the areas that require special attention.

Dr. Babweteera (2nd R) hands over the Dean's Academic gown to Dr. Twinomuhangi. School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Dr. Babweteera (2nd R) hands over the Dean’s Academic gown to Dr. Twinomuhangi.

The achievements registered include streamlining the graduate training processes, improving completion rates for graduate students, developing a research agenda with focus on creating research groups, review of most of the academic programmes, and ensuring integrity of examination processes at the School. Dr. Babweteera implored the new Dean to ‘keep up the pace’ on graduate training to ensure students complete in time, operationalize the research agenda, and work towards improving the infrastructure at the School. In line with the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan that seeks to transform Makerere into a research-led University, Dr. Babweteera called for support towards equipping the training laboratories, and recruitment of technicians.

Dr. Twinomuhangi delivers his remarks after receiving instrustments of the office of the Dean. School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Dr. Twinomuhangi delivers his remarks after receiving instrustments of the office of the Dean.

Dr. Babweteera expressed gratitude to the University Management for according him the opportunity to serve as Dean, SFEGS. He appreciated all staff for the cordial working relationship. “In a special way, I wish to extend my appreciation to my predecessor, Prof. Mnason Tweheyo; the current Principal of CAES, Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga; the former Principal, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha; the Deputy Principal, Prof. Yazidhi Bamutaze; my fellow Deans, and all Heads of Department as well as student leaders at SFEGS. I have experienced a lot of growth spiritually, and in character because of your mentorship,” he noted.

Dr. Babweteera and Dr. Twinomuhangi sign the handover report as Prof. Nabanoga (L) witnesses. Dr. Babweteera and Dr. Twinomuhangi sign the handover report as Prof. Nabanoga (L) witnesses.
Dr. Babweteera and Dr. Twinomuhangi sign the handover report as Prof. Nabanoga (L) witnesses.

The incoming Dean, Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi expressed gratitude to the staff of SFEGS and Makerere University Management for entrusting him with the leadership of the School. He appreciated the outgoing Dean for his outstanding service and pledged to build on his achievements to make the School greater. He committed to improve the quality of teaching and learning at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and to further strengthen research at the School.

Staff from the Office of the outgoing Dean present a gift to him in appreciation of their cordial working relationship. Staff from the Office of the outgoing Dean present a gift to him in appreciation of their cordial working relationship.
Staff from the Office of the outgoing Dean present a gift to him in appreciation of their cordial working relationship.

 Dr Revocatus Twinomuhangi’s profile

Dr. Twinomuhangi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University. He is also the Coordinator of the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) a unit in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He holds a PhD in Geography from Makerere University obtained in 2010. He teaches Human Geography, Settlement Systems, Urban Geography, Natural Resources Management, Regional Development Planning, Spatial Decision Support Systems and Climate Change. His current research focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation, and urban environment management. Throughout his years of experience, Dr. Twinomuhangi has provided expertise in the fields of environment and natural resource management, climate change, urban planning and management, strategic planning and management, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and impact analysis. He has authored several publications and attracted several research grants.

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Call for Papers – Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUJAES)

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The walkway to the School of Agricultural Sciences, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen on 4th February 2009. East Africa

The Editorial Board, Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUJAES), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is receiving manuscripts for consideration for Volume 13, Issue 1 2024 that will come out in June 2024 and Issue 2 slated for December 2024. Manuscripts should be sent to mujaes.caes@mak.ac.ug. For details on MUJAES and guidelines for submission of manuscripts, visit: https://mujaes.mak.ac.ug/. Manuscripts to be considered for publication in MUJAES should be based on original research findings.

For any inquiries, contact; Dr Jeninah Karungi-Tumutegyereize, Editor, MUJAES. Email – jtumutegyereize@gmail.com.

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New CAES Project Targets to close the Nutrition Gap of Cross-bred Dairy Cattle in Uganda

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The Project PI, Prof. Veerle Fievez delivered a presentation on ways of harnessing circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

Status of Uganda’s Dairy Production

Dairy farming is a major activity in the southwestern, central, and northeastern parts of the country, with the sector contributing significantly to the economic, nutritional, and employment opportunities of the rural communities in those areas. The dairy industry contributes 9% to Agriculture GDP and about 4% of the total GDP. Dairy farming is a priority agricultural sector under NDP III (2020/2021 to 2024/2025), and a key driver of the agro-industrialisation agenda, Parish Development Model, and Uganda Vision 2040. According to expert reports, the dairy sector currently brings in the second-highest export earnings after coffee in the agricultural sector and is gradually paving its way to the number one position. The sector is currently valued at US$3.8 billion according to statistics. Production of milk increased from sh2.51b litres to approximately sh3.85b litres between 2018 and 2022, an average annual growth rate of 11%, which is among the highest of any sector in the Ugandan economy. However, the sector is undermined by a number of challenges including livestock diseases, low uptake of high grade exotic cattle, a high rate of failure for artificial insemination, limited access to extension services, and limited investments in feed resources. A report by the Economic Policy Research Centre, based on investigations into livestock production practices and milk productivity, reveals that Uganda could be making $300 million more but most farmers in western Uganda who initially embraced exotic breeds are reverting to local Ankole cattle. An exotic breed can produce up to 40 litres of milk per day compared with just three litres from local breeds.

Mr. Lutakome presenting his PhD research project on crossbreed dairy cows in grazing systems of Western Uganda. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Mr. Lutakome presenting his PhD research project on crossbreed dairy cows in grazing systems of Western Uganda.

Short Initiative to improve productivity of dairy cows

Dairy cattle in Uganda, in most cases, produce less milk than expected. This is mainly caused by improper feeding. It is therefore imperative that feed quantity and quality be improved for dairy cows in Uganda to increase milk production and subsequently household incomes. Makerere University through the Department of Agricultural Production at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), together with the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University in Belgium, are implementing a two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda.

Participants keenly following the discussions during the meeting. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Participants keenly following the discussions during the meeting.

The project is supported by Vliruos and led by Prof. Veerle Fievez from Ghent University, Belgium. In Uganda, the project is coordinated by Prof. Fred Kabi from the Department of Agricultural Production (DAP) at CAES, Makerere University. Other members on the project are; Mr. Pius Lutakome, a PhD student and Lecturer at DAP, Makerere University; Dr Susan Diana Kerfua and Mr. Denis Asizua from NaLIRRI, and Mr. Martin Tenywa from Ento Organic Farm Ltd. The project is intended to, among other objectives, i) share state-of-the-art scientific results on negative energy balance in transition crossbred dairy cows identified through metabolic biomarkers in blood spot samples, ii) Collaboratively co-create knowledge with stakeholders along the dairy value chain  on circular feeds as well as shrub- and tree-based resources with carbon-sequestering capacity, and assess their potential to close the nutrient gap, iii) cooperatively develop a roadmap with stakeholders in modeling a home grown solution to eliminating extreme hunger and poverty through sustainable dairy cattle production practices, and to close the nutritional gaps during negative energy balance  experienced at early lactation period of crossbred dairy cattle.

Dr. Prossy Isubikalu from the Department of Extension and Innovation Studies at CAES, Makerere University moderated the discussion. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Dr. Prossy Isubikalu from the Department of Extension and Innovation Studies at CAES, Makerere University moderated the discussion.

Inception meeting

On 8th February 2024, the project team held an inception meeting to stimulate deep reflections on the contemporary global challenges on using circular feeds to close the nutritional gaps of dairy cows. The one-day meeting held at Grand Global Hotel in Kampala was also convened to develop a roadmap towards achieving the project goal, objectives and expected outcomes; to review implementation arrangements, and to confirm roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders. It was attended by stakeholders along the dairy value chain, representatives from local government, and researchers from the Department of Agricultural Production at CAES, Makerere University. At the meeting, Prof. Veerle Fievez from Ghent University delivered a presentation on ways of harnessing circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda, whereas Mr. Pius Lutakome shared part of his findings from his PhD research project. Mr. Lutakome is conducting research on crossbreed dairy cows in grazing systems of Western Uganda and measures that can be taken to improve nutritional management based on monitoring the metabolic status. Participants too engaged in focused group discussions on realities of feed and feeding practices of dairy cows in Uganda, with the aim of establishing the kind of feed given to dairy cows, source of feed, quantities given, and the frequency at which the cows are fed. This was intended to guide the way forward for successful implementation of the project. The meeting was moderated by Dr. Prossy Isubikalu from the Department of Extension and Innovation Studies at CAES, Makerere University.

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Dr. Isubikalu moderating the discussion. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Dr. Isubikalu moderating the discussion.
A participant sharing her views on the project. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
A participant sharing her views on the project.
The Project PI, Prof. Veerle Fievez (L) and Co-PI, Prof Fred Kabi (C) at the meeting. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
The Project PI, Prof. Veerle Fievez (L) and Co-PI, Prof Fred Kabi (C) at the meeting.
Some of the participants following the proceedings. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Some of the participants following the proceedings.
Participants in focused group discussions on realities of feed and feeding practices of dairy cows in Uganda. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Participants in focused group discussions on realities of feed and feeding practices of dairy cows in Uganda.
Masters students from CAES in a focused group discussion during the meeting. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Masters students from CAES in a focused group discussion during the meeting.
Participants in a discussion on feeds and feeding practices of dairy cows in Uganda. Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Ento Organic Farm Ltd, and Ghent University, Belgium, two-year project designed to harness circular and carbon-sequestering local feed resources to close the nutrition gap of cross-bred dairy cattle in Uganda inception meeting, 8th February 2024, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
Participants in a discussion on feeds and feeding practices of dairy cows in Uganda.

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CoSTClim – NORPART Call for Applications for Masters Student Mobility to Norway 2024

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Makerere University (MAK) in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and Regional Universities Forum (for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are implementing a five-year CoSTClim project (Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in Climate Risk and Natural Resource management). The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of training, education and research at the partner institutions with a dedicated focus on climate risk, disaster risk management and natural resource management. CoSTClim builds on a range of other capacity development projects funded by the Norwegian Government at the partner institutions, and has a specific focus on education.

One of the components of CoSTClim is student mobility from Uganda to Norway and from Norway to Uganda. Therefore, we are inviting applicants from Makerere University for Masters student mobility scholarships to NTNU for the Autumn semester in 2024. There are five mobility scholarship slots available for this year. The scholarship will cover 5 months (August-December 2024) stay at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The successful candidates can enroll in selected course units at NTNU as well as leveraging the stay to write their master’s thesis. The width and breadth of available course units from which the candidates can select are found: https://www.ntnu.edu/geography/exchange-students

Limited research supervision will also be given by NTNU staff but the primary supervision responsibility stays with the allocated supervisors at Makerere University or Uganda Martyrs University.

Eligibility and requirements for the mobility applicants
a) The applicant should be a fully registered student in a relevant Masters programme at
Makerere University or Uganda Martyrs University, which aligns to the CostClim
thematic focus area.
b) The focus of the research of the applicant should align strongly to climate risk, disaster
risk management, natural resource management or agriculture.
c) The applicant should be progressing well on the masters programme and within the
stated duration of the programme (2-3years).

Application procedure
Interested and eligible Masters students should send the following;
a) A one page application letter
b) A motivation statement and plan for the time at NTNU (1-2 pages)
c) A letter from the Head of Department attesting to your registration, study status and
progress on your programme.
d) Copies of your undergraduate transcript and partial transcript or HOD endorsed
results for your current studies.
Application with all the required documents should be submitted by email to the contacts
below in one message.

  1. Yazidhi Bamutaze (for applicants from MAK)- yazidhibamutaze@gmail.com
  2. Runyararo Jolyn Rukarwa – r.rukarwa@ruforum.org
  3. Charlotte Nakakawa Jjunju – charlotte.jjunju@ntnu.no
  4. Joseph Sekandi sekjoseph@gmail.com
    Short listed applicants will be invited to complete educational procedures at NTNU under the
    exchange arrangement. A scholarship

The application deadline is Thursday 29th February 2024.

For further details, kindly download the document by following this link.

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