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Mukono/Wakiso R4D platform in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda

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Poster prepared by P. Lusembo, I. Mugisa, W. Nakyagaba, F. Mukulu, G. Babirye, P. Muchunguzi, A. Sole, P. van Asten, M. Teywa, B. Ekesa, R. Ssebaganzi and M. Allen for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014



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Mukono/Wakiso R4D platform in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda

  1. 1. Mukono/Wakiso R4D platform in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda P. Lusembo, I. Mugisa, W. Nakyagaba, F. Mukulu, G. Babirye, P. Muchunguzi, A. Sole, P. van Asten, M. Teywa, B. Ekesa, R. Ssebaganzi, M. Allen Platform background The Action Site is the Lake Victoria Basin that was launched on the 1st Aug 2013. This platform targets an area that is described as a Peri-urban farming system, with great potential for farmers to access markets. The identified entry themes are Banana, Vegetables, Poultry, Agro forestry (fruit trees) and Piggery Opportunities and constraints Opportunities: Some participating organizations have been involved in Multi-stakeholder Innovation Platforms before A number of stakeholders are active and optimistic Stakeholders concurred that there was need for platform to specifically interest the youth into farming Constraints:  Funding of program activities has not yet been streamlined, yet this is absolutely necessary, especially, in the initial stages of platform development Pictures Conclusions and ways forward Based on the selected enterprises , platform performance is slowly but steadily growing. The platform needs to be initially nurtured technically and financially. There is need for a strong initial base to enable the platform to grow and eventually sustain itself Platform progress Platform initiated on 21 Jan 2014 and has held 4 meetings to date. Sample villages, target farmers and FRGs have been identified in relation to the entry themes. Location specific situational studies have been conducted. Establishing trials has been initiated this season Platform facilitation and learning Some of the bottlenecks are the initial low funding base of the program which does not auger well, especially, with private sector Each of the meetings and activities have personnel specifically assigned to document The platform is slowly finding a clear bearing to enable it steer R&D and policy agendas but there is need for capacity building This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 Platform characteristics A Multistakeholder R&D Platform, chaired by Dr. Fred Mukulu The stakeholder groups are made up of men and women. Like many farmer groups in Uganda, majority of members are women Platform operates at inter-district level and activities are led by elected members. Selected leaders from R&D stakeholders are still driving the process, as facilitators. Facilitation is done by NARO, IITA and Makerere University while funding, to a certain extent, is done by participating organizations. The program still plays an important part in funding activities Group photo at Launch of Action Area in Uganda Mukono-Wakiso Platform formation workshop activities P. Lusembo) director@muzardi.go.ug, NARO, Uganda. Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/

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