#AfrIIWorldFoodDay message 'In order to address the food security issues affecting Uganda, we need to enhance the fertility of the soil so that yields can begin to go up'. In this photo: AfrII Chairman Professor Otim-Nape, Mr.Stephen Kwesiga-BioPysical Scientist-VitalSigns Uganda,Dr.Joweria Nambooze-AfrII's Nutrionist and Mr. Francis Alacho- CAVA II Uganda Country Manager.
AfrII team and partners working under the Sesame Project pose for a photo after the sesame planning meeting that was held at the AfrII secretariat boardroom. The consortium on Sesame (locally referred to as simsim) is working on improved seed varieties for better market of the grain, both locally and internationally. The consortium members include AfrII, FICA Seeds,UOSPA, NaSSARI and a Sesame farmer association in Amolatar district.
The two teams from AfrII and UBL share light moments on the Adyaka certified cassava farm in Apac District in a recent field tour. AfrII and UBL will work together on ensuring the production of High Quality Cassava Flour to be used in brewing the Ngule and Senator beers.
AfrII Vital Signs team during one of their field work surveys on soil testing/sampling. The vital signs project implemented by AfrII integrates measurements for agriculture, Eco system services and human wellbeing, and is creating a ‘gold standard’ environmental monitoring system.
The Cassava: Adding Value for Africa phase two (CAVA II) project teams of both Uganda and Nigeria,and partners from the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwhich, after a recap of the projects implementation in Uganda. Key areas of progress were highlighted during this meeting held at the AfrII Secretariat boardroom including progress on installation of two cassava flash dryers in the Districts of Lira and Apac. This new technology aims to boost cassava production, processing of HQCF and also offer ready products to the end user industries in Uganda.
Hellen Akiror, a female farmer and member of the Arapai Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Society (AFAMCOS) Limited in Soroti District speaks to the CAVA 11 Project Director Professor Kolawole Adebayo from FUNAAB,Nigeria and CAVA II Uganda Country Manager-Francis Alacho and the Zonal Manager-Anthony Ijala (green coat) about the equipment the cooperative uses in processing High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) and High Quality Cassava Chips (HQCC). AFAMCOS is one of the leading cassava processors in Soroti and is supported by the CAVA II project that is being implemented in Uganda.
The Project Director CAVA II- Professor Kolawole Adebayo of FUNAAB,Nigeria (Left), NRI's Richard Lamboll (second left), and AfrII's CAVA II Uganda Country Manager-Francis Alacho and Zonal Manager- Anthony Ijala (in green coat) listen to the Director,LandMark Millers-Charles Okubal on how he has taken on processing HQCF at his mill located in Soroti District. Mr. Okubal is one of the many SME's supported by the CAVA II Project being implemented in Uganda.
Land preparation for rice farming on Doho Rice Scheme,Butaleja District using a Rotavator. This mechanized method of rice farming can cover an area of about 1.50 to 2.0 ha/day and prepares the field in less time. The method also helps improve weed control. AfrII and partners under the Rice ENRICH project recently visited the rice scheme.
Vital Signs Executive Director, Dr. Alice Ruhweza during inspection of the Vital Signs soil lab at AfrII, holds a soil sample ready for shipment for further analysis at ICRAF, a soil lab in Nairobi. She was hosted by AfrII Chairman Professor Otim-Nape together with the AfrII Vital Signs team led by the project Country Director, Julius Okwadi (PhD).
AfrII scientists of the Rice ENRICH project and farmers from Doho rice irrigation scheme-Butaleja district holding soil samples after a field visit to collect the samples for analysis. In the background is the rice fields from which the soil samples were picked.
The AfrII vital signs team at work in their lab at AFrII processing the soil samples collected before these are taken for analysis to ICRAF, a lab in Nairobi. The soil is ground so as to easily sort the different soil textures and then later packaged accordingly. It is then weighed off to 500 grams,packaged and sent to ICRAF.
Participants from Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi under CAVA II during the International Farmer Field day (12th-15th July) in Nigeria that handled strategies to increase cassava yields and lower costs of fresh cassava root production. Among the strategies demonstrated include fertiliser application, starch determination and cyanide analysis. CAVA II Uganda was represented by AfrII's Zonal manager, Anthony Ijjala (left) and AfrII's Agronomist, Awio Thomas (far right).