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Unfinished Journey, Memories of the Road Travelled

Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Photo credit: RUFORUM/Unfinished Journey

To motivate any Ugandan person to strive in their education, there is only one household name that needs mention: ‘Makerere University’. Occasionally, students from Makerere would visit us at Namilyango College, and you could see their pride. How I wanted to become one of them!

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Cholera in Uganda Could be Genetically Spread

Assoc. Prof. Christopher Garimoi (right), congratulates Dr. Godfrey Bwire (Left) after he was conferred upon his PhD during Day 1 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 14th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo Credit: New Vision

A study by the Ministry of Health and Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), has ruled out water sources being possible reservoirs of cholera causing bacteria.

The findings hint at the genetic spread of cholera in Uganda, East and Central African regions.

“Our study discovered that water sources were possibly not reservoirs for the epidemic vibrio cholera, a bacteria that causes cholera,” Dr.Godfrey Bwire, the lead researcher said.

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Climate Smart Agriculture Practices by Rural Women in AkwaIbom State, Nigeria

A student demonstrates mulching in a banana plantation as one of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices during an Internship Exhibition on 8th August 2014, MUARIK, CAES, Makerere University, Wakiso Uganda.

Women who farm in rural communities of Nigeria are typically poor and are  vulnerableto events of climate change. An understanding of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices engaged by these women is required to strengthen and improve their adaptivecapacity  to  cope  with  climate  change  events.  An  empirical  study  was,  therefore,conducted to investigate the factors influencing rural women’s choice of CSA practices. Through the multistage sampling procedure, 280 rural women in Akwa Ibom State,Nigeria were selected as representative farmers.

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Profitability and Factors Affecting Groundnut Production under Irrigation in Zimbabwe

The MV Mulimi; a multipurpose tractor developed by CAES, Makerere University that can thresh maize, pump water from a depth of 7m to a height of 33m, plough gardens, transport 20 adults and their goods over a reasonable distance, as well as charge a mobile phone. Date taken: 31st December 2015, MUARIK, Wakiso Uganda.

The study was aimed at estimating the profitability, as well as factors that affect groundnut (Arachis  hypogea)  production  under  irrigation  in  Zimbabwe.  Data  were  collectedfrom 102 households using a structured questionnaire as the main instrument. Fromindividual plot holder analysis, the study revealed that about 72% of interviewed farmersmade profits from groundnut production and marketing, with an average of 40% returnper United States dollar invested, making groundnut enterprise a profitable venture inthe  study  area.

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Chemical Characterisation of Pulp, Seed Powder & Ready-to-drink Juice Produced from Syzygium Cumini Fruit

Students attend a practical session in the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre (FTBIC), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 12th August 2010

Despite the nutritional potential of Syzygium cumini, commonly known as black plum,there has been limited utilisation of the fruits (pulp and seeds) and yet it has capacity to significantly contribute to food and nutrition security. The purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of utilizing S. cumini fruits in the production of a nutritious and acceptable juice. Ripe S. cumini fruits were randomly sampled from Nakasero Market, Kampla. The fruits were bulked and processed to obtain pulp and seeds.

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Bio-solids From Wastewater Treatment Plant in Uganda do not Meet Minimum Standards for Land Application

A student from the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resources Economics demonstrates compost making during an Internship Exhibition on 8th August 2014, MUARIK, CAES, Makerere University, Wakiso Uganda.

Land application of bio-solids is the cheapest and most convenient method of disposalof bio-solids worldwide, but it is unclear if the bio-solids in Uganda are safe for land application. The objective of this study was to establish the impact of ageing on quality and safety of bio-solids from Bugolobi Wastewater Treatment Plant (BWTP) in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, for land application.

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Call for Applications: Bachelor of Laws Executive Programme

Bachelor of Laws graduands at the 70th Graduation Ceremony in January 2020

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for a four-year Bachelor of Laws (Executive) Weekend under the private sponsorship scheme for the 2019/2020 Academic Year to be run effective February 2020. The Programme Code is LLE. This programme will follow the curriculum for Bachelor of Laws approved by Senate, University Council and National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
Each applicant should:

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Professor Johnson Acon: A Humble, Selfless Mentor

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Right) addresses mourners during Prof. Johnson Acon's Funeral Service on 20th January 2020, St. Luke Church Ntinda, Kampala Uganda.

Makerere University Management, staff and students especially from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security (CoVAB) paid tribute to Prof. Johnson Opio Acon during a service that took place at St. Luke Church Ntinda on 20th January 2020. The fare thee well ceremony was also attended by the late Professor’s family and friends and government officials.

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DRGT Launches PhD Training in Advanced Research Methods

The Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (Centre Red Tie) poses for a photo with instructors and PhD Students at the launch of the two-week Advanced Research Methods cross-cutting Course on 20th January 2020, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Today, 20th January 2020, the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) has carried on with its cardinal mission of enhancing scholarship and in this regard, I officiated at the opening of the PhD training in Advanced Research Methods.

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Celebrating the Life of Prof. Johnson Acon

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right) consoles one of the late Prof. Johnson Acon’s daughters as the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (Right) observes after the Funeral Service on 20th January 2020, St. Luke Church Ntinda, Kampala Uganda.

We have celebrated the life of a great Veterinary Professor, Johnson Acon who has been serving Makerere University and Africa diligently for 45 years. I thank the Makerere community and Vet fraternity for honoring our fallen colleague. Rest In Peace Johnson Acon.

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