Makerere University gets Shs. 950 million agricultural research grant

Makerere University has scooped US dollar 250,000 (950 million shillings) to help the institution enhance its agricultural research capabilities.

The grant was given by OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative funded by the South African government, targeting competent scientists that can supervise research on innovations that can help to solve agriculture challenges in Africa.

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The grant was internationally advertised and Professor Noble Banadda of Makerere University Agriculture and Biosystems was selected for the grant to lead the research on sustainable agriculture.

According to Prof Banadda, the research will look at sustainable agriculture to solve issues around food security by creating systems that can recycle agricultural wastes.

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He adds that they want to ensure that food production increases without using artificial fertilizers by using the wastes from the farm as organic fertilizers.

The OR Tambo Research chair is providing the 250,000 USD for five years renewable twice to make it 15 years.

Professor Banadda revealed that he intends to work with 15 PhD holders, nine Post-doctorate and 27 Masters Level researchers.

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He also recently won a grant where he will receive 100,000 Euros from Wageningen University per year for the next fifteen years, and he is going to use this fund still to enhance the work of solving pending problems in agriculture in Africa.

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