1. Catalysing rural transformation through a community based approach by Edimu, M., Atim, P., Ekwamu, R., Orone, J.1, Omara, T.1 & Kawuki, R.1
Dissemination of agricultural information and/or technologies in Uganda and indeed elsewhere relies on multipronged approaches. This is being fast-tracked by effective engagement ofminstitutions that have great potential to deliver results. On our part, packaging and dissemination of agricultural information and knowledge (AIK) through schools has been proposed as a cost-effective approach for reaching grass-root rural households. Our forte for this is based on the fact that both primary and secondary schools, are pivotal in delivering on the key public goods of socio-economic transformation for two main reasons; 1) they serve as a focal point of many rural and urban communities, and 2) they educate future generations and thus ensure sustainable transference of knowledge and skills. In this paper we documenton-going efforts made towards reaching rural households through engaging students of Adipala High School (AHS).
2. Promoting farmer entrepreneurship among smallholders in Uganda by Mukasa, H., Nalmansi, E., Egeru, A., Ekwamu, R. , Atim, P. & Edimu, M.
Smallholder farmers typify agricultural production in Uganda. Smallholder farmers have severally been criticised for the lack of entrepreneurship yet farmer entrepreneurship is generally defined by two facets; the managerial skills needed to start and run a profitable farm business and an entrepreneurial spirit. In this, regard several smallholders have proven to be good managers of their farm enterprises as they take decisions at farm level. However, their limited ability at risk taking, innovativeness and initiative for growth and farm estate expansion has led to them being defined as marginal entrepreneurs. This paper discusses
the efforts by two young non-government organisations initiated by dynamic youth from various professional backgrounds undertaking actions towards developing smallholder farmer entrepreneurship in Uganda. Building on the work of Agri-ProFocus thematic areas for developing farmer entrepreneurship, the Research and Education Agency and the Kampala.
3. Limits of phytosanitation and host plant resistance towards the control of cassava viruses in Uganda, R.S. KAWUKI, G. ADIGA, J. ORONE, T. ALICAI, M. EDIMU, T. OMARA, A. PARIYO, W. ESUMA, C. OMONGO, A. BUA, E. KANJU and BAGUMA, Y.
Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) and the viruses that infect it, notably cassava mosaic virus and cassava brown streak viruses, have a unique history of co-evolution and co-existence. While cassava originated in South America, both viruses and the diseases they cause have largely been limited to the East African region, where they have, and continue to be key yield-robbing stresses. For sustainable control, we assume that deployment of resistant varieties when carefully combined with phytosanitation will combat these viruses. We have thus generated empirical data and tested the limits, i.e., how long this strategy can last. This entailed the comparison of elite cassava varieties, one set of virus-indexed tissue culture plantlets, and the other set, re-cycled planting materials under farmer’s cyclic propagation for 6-23 years.