Between 8th and 9th March 2012 Africa Innovations Institute successfully hosted two officials from International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Dr. Martin Weise from the Canada office and Mr. Lee Kirkham from the E astern and Southern Africa Regional office in Nairobi-Kenya were welcomed to AfrII head office in Kampala by Professors George William Otim-Nape and Joseph Okello-Onen, Chairman of AfrII and Project Leader, respectively.
The two officials held a meeting with Project Management Team that was comprised of Prof. G.W. Otim-Nape, Prof. Okello-Onen, Prof. RubaireAkiiki, Prof. C.P Basalirwa, Prof. Joseph Kond-Luleand Ms. Beatrice Mukasa between 0830 and 1030 on 8th March 2012.The meeting focused on whether project objectives were on course to be achieved, challenges faced and the wayforward.
Mr. Lee Kirkham proceeded to meet members of the project finance team that comprised of Acola Barbara (Accounts Assistant) and Byenek Simon Ogwal (Field Project Manager). The accountant, Proscovia Ogwal was not present as she had travelled. The issues discussed included preparation and submission of periodic financial reports/forecasts to IDRC-Canada, financial controls, accountability and sharing of financial information among members of the Project Management Team.
The afternoon of 8th was spent listening to presentation of research results by MSc. and PhD students on the project. The table below indicates the topics under which each student presented his/her research results.
|No.||Name||University||Topic of research||Degree|
|1.||Mr. Stephen Kwesiga||Gulu||Situational analysis of ticks and tick borne diseases in different farming systems of Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts.||MSc|
|2.||Mr. Habasa Gilbert||Makerere||The Impact of Climatic variability on nutrition of under 5 children in Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts.||MSc|
|3.||Mr.Kirunda James||Gulu||The effect of climate variability on malaria vectors in Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts.||MSc|
|4.||Mr. Alex Nimusiima||Makerere||The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Arid and Semi-Arid Agro-Pastoral Productivity in Uganda.||PhD|
|5.||Mr.Osinde Cyprian||Makerere||Nutritional Values of indigenous food plants adapted to the impact of climate variability in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts.||PhD|
|6.||Sister Aciro Rosalba||Gulu||The role of indigenous knowledge on climate variability and food/health security in the cattle corridor of Uganda and its policy implication.||PhD|
|7.||Ms Beatrice Mukasa||Makerere||Gender livelihood security and adaptation in the cattle corridor.||PhD|
On 9th March 2012, Dr. Martin Weise and the Project Management Team visited the project field office located at Luwero-Kasana. The team was welcomed to the field by the field Project Manager, Mr. Byenek Simon Ogwal who gave remarks on experiences by the research team while collecting data. He also introduced Mr. Alacho Francis, the country Manager of Cassava; Adding Value to Africa project ofAfrII, five representatives of farmers from Nakasongola district, key project contacts at Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts. The farmers were each drawn from the mixed pastoral/pure crop, pure cropping, pastoral, fishing communities. Dr. Martin Weise and the team listened to the views of the farmers on matters related to the impact of climate variability on their health and food security. The farmers were probed in areas such as when they started experiencing variable climate patterns, the socio-economic effects of the noticed variations, what they thought were the best climate change adaptation strategies and the possible role cultural institutions would play in trying to address the issue of climate change adaptation. The Project leader adjourned the meeting at 1530 hours. The team returned to Kampala at 1730 hours.