UJAS Board Members

Brief profile for UJAS Board Members

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Dr. Jolly Mary Kabirizi is a Principal Research Officer/Forage scientist with the National Agricultural Research Organisation in Uganda and a Board member of the African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) representing East Africa. For over 35 years, she has developed and promoted technologies and innovations to improve productivity in smallholder dairy systems. She has also extensively published for the scientific community and other stakeholders. She was one of the top 10 African women scientists during the 2nd and 3rd Africa-Wide Women in Science Competitions held in Ethiopia and Ghana, respectively”.

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Dr. Andrew Kiggundu is a plant biotechnologist and breeder. Currently a senior research officer at the National Agricultural Organization based at Kawanda. He has worked and published on biotechnology based breeding using both molecular biology and genetic engineering tools of various African adapted crops including banana, passionfruit, potato and sweet potato and groundnut. All these efforts seek to develop resilience in crops where traditional breeding methods have failed. He also has vast experience in genetically modified crop regulation and biosafety.

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Baguma, Yona. An agricultural scientist currently serving as the Deputy Director General with the National Agricultural Research Organisation in Uganda. He has published extensively on various aspects of crop management and carbohydrate chemistry.

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Candia Alphonse: an agricultural engineer with speciality in agro-processing engineering and a senior scientist, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda. He is a Board Member of 4th Council of Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and Vice President of Rice Post-harvest and Value Addition Task Force for Africa. Alphonse has published extensively in the field of post-harvest handling and processing of cereals especially rice.

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John Stephen Tenywa is a senior member of staff of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Agricultural Production, Makerere University, Uganda. He holds a PhD from the Ohio State University, USA in agronomy, specialized in soil fertility and plant nutrition. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the African Crop Science Journal since 2000 (www.ajol.infor/ or www.bioline.org.br/cs), as well as deputy editor of the Makerere University Research Journal. He is the treasurer of the African Crop Science Society. He has supervised many M.Sc. and doctoral students. He has published widely and serves as peer reviewer for numerous journals. His main research areas include soil fertility management, plant nutrition, crop productions systems and ecology.

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Bernard Bashaasha

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Bernard Bashaasha is a Ugandan national. He is a Professor Agricultural Economics and Policy and Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University, Uganda. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Development Economics from The Ohio State University, USA, an M.A in Economics from the same University and M. Sc in Agricultural Economics from Seoul National University, South Korea. He attended Makerere University for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture specialising in Agricultural Economics. He has previously served as Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and Dean School of Agricultural sciences at Makerere University. He Currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses and served for three years as a guest Lecturer at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an active researcher and has published over twenty five articles in peer reviewed journals. To-date he has supervised over 50 graduate students to completion. He has previously served as an Advisor on Agriculture and Markets to the World Food Program (WFP) Country Director in Uganda. He serves on various government committees and Chairs various NGO Boards. Prof. Bashaasha is widely travelled. He is married with three children and lives in Kampala, Uganda.

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Prof. Frederick Bugenyi has been a Scientific Researcher, an Assistant Director of Research and finally as a Director of Research of the “Fisheries Research Institute” (as it was called then) from 1975 to 2000.
\r\n He then moved on to the Department of Zoology, Makerere University (2000) as a Senior Lecturer, then as an Associate Professor and finally as a full Professor from 2011 up to today.
\r\nHe then carried out research and directed research in various water/or aquatic ecology research fields: water quality studies in lakes, wetland systems and fish ponds; nutrient dynamics of water bodies as well as aquatic ecology, especially of Lake Victoria.

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In the above positions he did research and then lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students on water quality aspects of Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, designing the wetlands surrounding lake Victoria as suitable areas for “fish farming”, nutrient dynamics / eutrophication and the consequent effects on Lake Victoria (and other water bodies including fish ponds), wetland swamps / or ecotones ( their formation, functions, values and use by the people) and the dangers of degrading them, wastewater treatment using natural and artificial wetlands systems.

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He has published in internationally reviewed journals widely (on the above research fields) and supervised both PhD, and MSc students. He has worked on many consultancies, on many different committees in different organisations, and he has externally supervised and acted as an external University of Nairobi and Eldoret University Examiner.

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William Kyamuhangire holds Ph.D. in Food Technology from Agricultural University of Norway and a M.App.Sc.in Food Science and Technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Previously he obtained B.Sc.(hons) in Industrial Chemistry from Makerere University in 1985.

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William is currently Associate Professor and Manager of the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre, School of Food Technology Nutrition and Bioengineering Makerere University. He is the Chairman, Food and Agriculture Technical Committee of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Deputy Chairman of the Uganda National Codex Committee. William is also a member of the National Food Safety Committee
\r\n Previously he was Head of Department of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering for the period 2011 to 2013 and worked as Director of Projects, Makerere University Private Sector Forum from 2006 to 2008. He was also Director of Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo 2001-2002

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William is a prolific researcher and has published widely in international refereed journals. He has carried innovative research that has led to him obtaining patents and these are: Uganda Patent No. UG/P/03/00003; process for extraction of juice from bananas using the tannin-pectin complexation reaction and Uganda Patent No. UG/P/99/00002; process for extraction of Mulondo (Mondia whitei) flavour and its use to flavour beverages.
\r\n Because of his commitment to application of science and technology William was awarded the Distinguished Order of the Nile Class I by the Government of Uganda

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Gorrettie Ssemakula holds PhD and M.Sc. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Ibadan. Previously she obtained B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture from Makerere University, Uganda. Gorrettie is currently a Principal Research Officer with the National Agricultural Research Organisation, based at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge. She is the East African representative on the International Society for Root and Tuber Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), previously she was the treasurer (2004-2008) to the society. She is also a member of the International Society for Root and Tuber Crops-World where she previously held the position of Councillor, Eastern and southern Africa (2006-2009). She is a member of the Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety consortium, African Crop Science Society, and Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice in Sub Saharan Africa.

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Previously, she headed the sweetpotato program at NaCRRI (2009 to 2013) and is a sweetpotato breeder; during the said period she has released 2 orange-fleshed sweetpotato varieties that have been widely adopted for combating Vitamin A deficiency. Gorrettie has more than ten years’ experience in cassava improvement; she conducted research on cassava breeding for the Uganda National Program, the East African Root Crops Research Network, and the International Institute of Tropical agriculture. She released twelve resistant cassava varieties that contributed to restoration of food security in Uganda following a severe pandemic of cassava mosaic disease. She has participated in agricultural research planning both at the National and international levels. This has involved among other things the development of commodity strategies and Medium and Long Term Plans for various research projects. Through the East African Root Crops Research Network, she backstopped National cassava–breeding programs of East Africa in hands on training leading to harmonized and effective cassava breeding methodologies in the region.

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Gorrettie has published/co-published over 30 articles in international refereed journals, contributed to 8 books/book chapters, and more than 50 articles in conference proceedings.

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Recent Publications

Fruit fly infestation in mango: A threat to the Horticultural sector in Uganda

C.M. Nankinga, B.E. Isabirye, H. Muyinza , I. Rwomushana, P.C. Stevenson, A. Mayamba ,W. Aool and A.M. Akol

Reaching out to farmers with plant health clinics in Uganda

C. Alokit, B. Tukahirwa, D. Oruka, M. Okotel , C. Bukenya and J. Mulema

Can protected areas work in artisanal fisheries of Uganda? The case of Lakes Edward-George and Kazinga Channel

S. Bassa, D. Mbabazi, A. Taabu-Munyaho , H. Nakiyende, E. Muhumuza, M. Nsega ,B. Amiina, E. Rukuunya, A. Bakunda and J.S. Balirwa

Proximate composition and mineral contents of Pebbly fish, Alestes baremoze \r\n(Joannis, 1835) fillets in relation to fish size

N. Kasozi, G .I. Degu, D. Asizua, J. Mukalazi and E. Kalany

Insecticide use and practices among cotton farmers in northern Uganda

J. Berocan A.M. Akol and T . Munyuli

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