We are pleased to invite you to the next CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar at IITA/IFPRI, Naguru East Road plot 15, Kampala on Wednesday 4th of December, from 14.00 to 15.00 PM
Impact Evaluation of the HarvestPlus Project Developing and Delivering Biofortified Crops in Uganda: Baseline Report
Lucy Billings, research analyst with IFPRI in the Poverty Health and Nutrition Division providing research support to IFPRI projects in East and Southern Africa.
Biofortification is an agricultural-based strategy for addressing micronutrient deficiency at a population level through the introduction of crops bred with a high level of target micronutrients. HarvestPlus is currently implementing a project in Uganda that aims to reach 225,000 farming households with vitamin A-rich orange sweet potatoes and high iron beans over five years. For biofortification to be an effective strategy for reducing micronutrient deficiency on a large scale in Uganda, it will be necessary to achieve a relatively high equilibrium level of adoption in targeted communities as the majority of households gain access to these crops for consumption through cultivation, rather than through markets. The impact evaluation of the HarvestPlus project employs a randomized control design with three treatment arms plus one comparison arm to learn the optimal saturation rate of households in a community with planting material for widespread and sustained adoption of biofortified crops, the effect of social networks on adoption and the impact of a payback scheme on encouraging diffusion of biofortified crops outside of the targeted beneficiary communities.
Please note that the next CGIAR-Uganda Research- seminar will be on Wednesday February 5th 2014, 14.00 PM.
If you are interested to present at a CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar, please let us know!
CGIAR-Kampala research seminars take place every first wednesday of the month between 2 and 3 pm. They are born out of the desire of a group of researchers to discuss their research in depth to peers, as opposed to presenting summaries and policy recommendations in our daily outreach to policy makers. As such, potential presenters should not shy away from more technical issues that they want comments and feedback on.
Rapidly increasing mobile phone coverage, cheaper technology, and an open platform that allows for development of applications that extend the use of mobile devices provides new ways to reach farmers in isolated places. We investigated the impact of an intervention that uses information and communication technology (ICT) devices to provide real-time agricultural information and extension services in Uganda. Using a difference-in-difference set-up, we found that the introduction of this technology through a network of Community Knowledge Workers induced farmers to adapt their crop portfolio, moving away from low-risk low-value crops towards more commercially oriented commodities. We also found that, in the case of maize, the intervention led farmers to sell less of their maize on the market, but at significantly higher prices. Further, our analysis suggests important spillover effects. We did not see an effect on maize productivity.
We are pleased to invite you to the next CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar at IITA/IFPRI, Naguru East Road plot 15, Kampala on Wednesday 6th of November, from 14.00 to 15.00 PM
Information seeking and use among urban farmers in Kampala district Uganda
Helen Byamugisha (Makerere University, Uganda)
The study investigated how urban farmers in Kampala City seek for and utilize agricultural information. Agricultural information is constantly generated through research and is available in agricultural research institutions, public, research and university libraries, as well as non-governmental organizations. However, urban farmers in Kampala City do not readily access this information. This is because much of this information is available in printed documents or in electronic formats that most farmers cannot use. Therefore, there are no appropriate information services that target these farmers. Urban farming is hence characterized by low agricultural production leading to food insecurity particularly among the urban poor.
The purpose of the study was to assess how urban farmers in Kampala City seek for and utilize agricultural information.
A cross sectional study design using a mixed methods approach was adopted. Results showed that urban farmers mainly needed agricultural information on markets and prices. Talking to friends and using personal past experience were the most predominant methods of seeking for agricultural information while neighbours were the major source of the information. The agricultural information obtained was mainly used in controlling animal diseases. However, some of the farmers experienced problems when looking for agricultural information, while others experienced problems when using the information obtained.
The study concluded that urban farmers employ different strategies when seeking for agricultural information. The use to which the information was put depended on the agricultural enterprise(s) and activities. The study recommended that extension staff should disseminate agricultural information to urban farmers basing on the farmers’ agricultural enterprise groups and information needs. The Government, through the NAADS, was urged to extend agricultural information services to urban farmers in Kampala City using the already available infrastructure. A model of information seeking and use for urban farmers in Kampala City that provides for the farmers’ information needs, their information seeking strategies, information sources, information use as well as barriers to information seeking and use was proposed.
IFPRI-Kampala is involved in a project on Policy Action that was recently approved by the Dutch government. We are now looking for a strong candidate to fill the following position:
Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator on Policy Action.
IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA. IITA commits to turning 7.5 million ha of farm land into sustainable use, one of the two Key Performance Indicators in its Refreshed Strategy 2012-2020.
PASIC is the Dutch-funded, IITA-led “Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems”. The objective of the project is to stimulate action in selected policies or programs, relevant for intensification of smallholder production systems in Uganda, through evidence-based research and strengthening of relevant institutions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animals and Fisheries (MAAIF) is the key partner and beneficiary of the capacity strengthening activities. The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) and IFPRI are additional implementing partners. All partners are contracted by IITA. PASIC is managed by a Project Management Committee, composed of the four partners and guided by a Steering Committee, which, in addition to the four partners is composed of key stakeholders in the agricultural sector (CSO, public sector agencies, private operators).
We are looking for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person to fill the position of Project Coordinator who will lead the “Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems”. The Project will support sustainable intensification of cropping systems in Uganda through enhancement of the capacity of stakeholders in the agricultural sector to formulate and implement evidence-based policies.
This weekly collection of recent news articles related to agriculture in Uganda is compiled from online news sources. We also include links to recent publications on agricultural and policy-related research topics pertinent to Uganda.
In news this week, SNV Uganda launches school garden manual and the creation of a new regional grains information portal in the EAC. There is also plenty of national news on basic staples that are important for food security, such as cassava , sweet potatoes and matooke.
Under agricultural and food policy related research, we provide links to papers on:
- How sweet potato varieties are distributed in Uganda: actors, constraints and opportunities
- Eradicating extreme poverty among the rural poor in Uganda through poultry and cattle improvement programmes-A Review
- Understanding the performance of food production in sub-Saharan Africa and its implications for food security
Thank you, and enjoy.
VACANCY: RESEARCH ASSISTANT/SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT
|Job Title: Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant
Application Deadline: December 1st, 2013 or until filled
Job Category: Research
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Appointment Duration: 1 Year
Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: Local
IFPRI-Kampala seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Assistant (RA) / Senior Research Assistant (SRA) to provide research, capacity strengthening, and communications support to its activities. The bulk of the activities of the (S)RA will consist of supporting activities planned in the PASIC (Poverty Action for Sustainable Intensification of Cropping Systems) project implemented together with the International Institute for Tropical Agricultures, the Economic Policy Research institute at Makerere University and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the IFPRI Kampala Head of Office. The final position title will be determined based on the candidate’s level of experience.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• Substantial knowledge of statistical software packages such as R and STATA
To apply, send full CV and cover letter to: IFPRI-Kampala@CGIAR.ORG