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Agrilinks Announces 2018 Photo Challenge

Students and Exhibitors set up their innovations during the CAES Students' Expo on 21st March 2017, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Do you have great photos depicting global agriculture and food security that you want to share with the development community? Agrilinks wants to hear from you!

The Agrilinks 2018 Photo Challenge, open to all, is a great opportunity to share your work or that of your organization with our community of 15,000 food security and ag practitioners.

Each entrant may submit up to 10 images complying with the contest by 20th December 2018.

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Becoming a Papal Awardee: Professor Noble Banadda’s Story

Prof. Noble Banadda (Right) receives his Pius XI Medal from His Holiness Pope Frances (Left) at the award ceremony on 12th November 2018 in the Vatican.

Professor Noble Ephraim Banadda grew up dreaming of becoming a medical doctor like some of the close relatives he grew up admiring. Born in May 1975, his early childhood was spent around doctors of the Mulago National Referral hospital in Kampala (Uganda). He vividly remembers afternoons spent in the doctors’ cafeteria surrounded by doctors in pristine white lab coats, discussing difficult cases of the day around a white table while taking tea from white teacups. The young Noble admired these intelligent folks and wanted to be like them.

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Business Development Service and the Performance of Informal Businesses in Uganda: The Case of Pride Microfinance

The School of Economics as approached from the School of Business, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

This study sought to examine the contribution of Business Development Service (BDS) towards the Performance of Informal Businesses in Uganda with a major focus on informal businesses in Katwe, a Kampala suburb. The study specifically, aimed at establishing and documenting the BDS offered by Pride Microfinance.

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EzyAgric Innovation Team wins Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

The Minister of ICT & National Guidance-Hon. Frank Tumwebaze (3rd R) admires the plaque won by Akorion's Ezyagric Innovation Team during the interaction at his office on 20th November 2018. Right is RAN's Harriet Adong while 2nd Right is Akorion CEO-Mr. William Luyinda

Early this year, Feed the Future supported by Land O’Lakes International Development and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, launched a US$400,000 Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, aimed at leveraging the immense progress in mobile and digital technology to get timely, context-specific, and actionable information into the hands of smallholder farmers and those who support them.

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Begomoviruses infecting cassava and their interaction with brown streak viruses in Kenya

The School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Cassava mosaic begomoviruses (CMBs) are known to occur together within the same host and have a high rate of recombination. CMBs have also been reported to co-infect cassava with Cassava brown streak viruses (CBSVs), resulting in enhanced symptom expression. Interaction of virus species within the same group may result in recombination or synergism while interaction between the different groups may result in synergism.

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Assessing capacity of enforcers and level of enforcement of the tobacco control act 2015 in Kampala

The School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University, Mulago Hill, Kampala Uganda

The objectives of this study were to determine the knowledge and attitudes of the enforcers and the level of enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2015 (TCA), as well as to explore the predictors of capacity to enforce and key barriers to the TCA enforcement in Kampala. A cross sectional study using both quantitative and qualitative methods was employed to assess capacity of enforcers from institutions located in Kampala mandated to implement the TCA.

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Assessment of the implementation of health facility based maternal death audit recommendations in Kabarole district

The School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University, Mulago Hill, Kampala Uganda

Kabarole district has implemented facility based maternal death audits (MDAs) since 2010. MDAs have a potential to inform improvement of obstetric care and to reduce maternal deaths if MDA recommendations are implemented. Currently, there is limited documented evidence on the implementation of MDA recommendations in Kabarole district. A total of 231 maternal deaths occurred at the four health facilities from 2012 to 2016 and only 40.3% of the MDA forms were available at the facilities. All (93/93) of the maternal audit forms reviewed had recommendations documented.

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Adoption of Mobile Banking in Uganda: Case Study of Bank of Baroda

The School of Business, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The major aim of his study was to empirically explore the adoption of mobile banking in Uganda using a case study of Bank of Baroda (U) Ltd. The study used primary data collected by the researcher from the customers of Bank of Baroda, RSB. The data was collected using a structured questionnaire self-administered 248 respondents.

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CAES Acquires US$9k Video Conferencing Facility Under USAID Capacity Building Project

Mak's Head-DANRE, Dr. Gabriel Elepu (L) receives keys to the Video Conferencing Facility from Prof. Allen Featherstone (C) and Dr. Simon Byabagambi (L) on 16th November 2018, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. The US$9k Facility was donated under a USAID Capacity Building Project

A video conferencing facility worth US$9,148 has been installed at the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) under the USAID Capacity Building project titled, “Upgrading the institutional capacity of the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE)”.

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Examining the relationship between HIV and cancer: A case study of Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago

An aerial photo of the School of Statistics and Planning (Right) and other colleges CEDAT, CoNAS, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The purpose of the study is to sensitize the public about the risk factors of cancer, the way in which HIV can be contracted, the relationship between HIV and cancer, to describe the demographics of the patients diagnosed with cancer and are HIV positive, and to establish which cancers are more related to HIV than others. Methodology includes use of questionnaires and interviews. The sample size was 94 respondents. Out of these, 89 responded, giving a response rate of 94.68%.. Among these, 58.43% were male, and the remaining 41.57% were female.

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