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Uganda Agricultural News and Research Digest – February 27

2012 February 22
by lmyles

Agricultural and Food Policy News

Milk prices increase as demand exceeds supply
Daily Monitor
Ugandans should prepare to part with some extra money to buy a litre of milk and its products as prices shoot up due to increasing demand that has exceeded supply. Currently, raw milk prices have increased from Shs1200 per litre in January to Shs1300 per litre at some retail outlets in central and northern Uganda.

Uganda sorghum farmers to supply Uganda Breweries
East African Business Week
Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a recruitment programme for large scale sorghum farmers in Kapchorwa. This follows successful large scale sorghum growing trials carried out in Uganda’s Sebei region in 2011 as part of UBL's local raw material sourcing programme. The programme will initially target over 5000 acres.

MPs tell scientists to petition House over biotech Bill
Daily Monitor
Legislators have advised scientists and Ugandans endeavouring to advance biotechnology science for national development to seek Parliament’s support in fast-tracking the biotechnology and biosafety law. Speaking at workshop at National Crops Resource Research Institute, Namulonge, on Saturday, Mr Robert Ssebunya, the Kyadondo South MP, said it is necessary to involve MPs in accelerating the formulation of the law, which has stayed at drafting level for over nine years.

Towards a pro-poor maize policy in Kenya
IRINnews.org
Almost all Kenyans eat maize - an average of almost 100kg each a year - but they pay a lot more for the staple than many of their regional neighbours. The poorest Kenyans now spend over a quarter of their income on the cereal. High and volatile prices are especially hard on the poor, including the 98 percent of farmers in Kenya who, according to the World Bank, buy more maize than they sell.

Agricultural and food policy research
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Ex-post impact assessment review of the Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods, and Food Security (RENEWAL)
T Frankenberger & S Nelson – IFPRI 2011
The Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods, and Food Security (RENEWAL) was launched in 2001 and was operational in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa through most of 2011. RENEWAL is a “network of networks” comprised of national networks of food and nutrition-relevant organizations, along with partners in AIDS and public health practitioners. Its overarching goal is to provide evidence-based research on the linkages between HIV, food security, and nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa that would inform responses to prevent or mitigate the impact and consequences of AIDS.. RENEWAL’s strategic approach involved the three core pillars of capacity strengthening, policy communications, and action research, and the synergies resulting from their interactions. This report assesses the impact of RENEWAL activities from 2000 to 2010 and is based on a review of products resulting from RENEWAL activities (such as books, policy briefs, workshop summaries, reports, and discussion papers), stakeholder perceptions of RENEWAL products and activities, and national policy or programming changes resulting from RENEWAL-supported action research, capacity strengthening efforts, and policy communications.

Is cassava the answer to African climate change adaptation?
A Jarvis, J Ramirez-Villegas, BV Herrera Campo & C Navarro-Racines- Tropical Plant Biology, 2012
This paper examines the impacts of climate change on cassava production in Africa, and questions whether cassava can play an important role in climate change adaptation. First, we examine the impacts that climate change will likely have on cassava itself, and on other important staple food crops for Africa including maize, millets, sorghum, banana, and beans based on projections to 2030. Results indicate that cassava is actually positively impacted in many areas of Africa, with −3.7% to +17.5% changes in climate suitability across the continent. Conversely, for other major food staples, we found that they are all projected to experience negative impacts. The paper concludes that cassava is potentially highly resilient to future climatic changes and could provide Africa with options for adaptation whilst other major food staples face challenges.

Knowledge transfer: the role of community extension in increasing food security
K Wellard - Self Help Africa, 2011
The study explores the role community extension approaches play in enabling farmers to be food secure. Key questions examined are:

  • What is good practice in community extension for agriculture?
  • What is the impact of community extension on food security for smallholder farmers?
  • What is the potential for scale up and policy influence?

The research combined quantitative and qualitative methods, including desk study, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, stakeholder workshop and household interviews in Ghana, Uganda and Malawi.

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