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March 2016

The ASARECA you want

ASARECA is undertaking an internally commissioned review of its programmes and management over the past 20 years, and working on the development of a ten-year Strategy for the period 2017-2026. As part of the process we are now carrying out a survey to solicit your input as part of the exercise.  Read more about The ASARECA you want

Call for Proposals FOR REDESIGNING AND REFURBISHING ASARECA SIGN POSTS IN ENTEBBE MUNICIPALITY

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We are seeking service to redesign and refurbish Seven (7) ASARECA signposts listed below:

 

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Course Announcement: Gender-responsive Root, Tuber and Banana Breeding

 

A Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) Course for Agricultural Researchers

Week 1: 12th-21st September 2016 Week 2: 13th-17th February 2017

Overview:

Farmer awareness key as maize comes under attack

It is now scientifically double-checked. In Uganda, the Maize Lethal Necrosis Virus (MLN) is prevalent in most farmers’ fields in the districts of Tororo, Mbale, Sironko and Busia. According to survey findings published in the African Journal of Agricultural Research, the disease can attack at any stage of crop growth, two weeks after planting leading to average yield losses of up to 50.5% or US$ 332 per hectare. First reported in Uganda in 2013, information about the prevalence, yield loss, mitigation measures and socio-economic effects of MLN is still scanty. Read more about Farmer awareness key as maize comes under attack

Predictions warn of rapid MLN spread, spell doom in AFRICA

Predictions warn of rapid MLN spread, spell doom in AFRICA

“The Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease is so dangerous that we cannot wait for its next victims incognito.” These are direct words of Dr. Brian Isabirye, the ASARECA official in charge of coordinating regional efforts to curb the spread of MLN in Eastern and Central Africa. MLN was first spotted in Kenya in 2011, before spreading to Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda. “We are not very certain of where it will attack next,” says Dr. Isabirye. Read more about Predictions warn of rapid MLN spread, spell doom in AFRICA

ASARECA, IFPRI in joint bid to map, track uptake of technologies

ASARECA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are undertaking a joint initiative to explore innovative, spatial and cost-effective data collection methods to monitor the adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies. 

Simply put, the project: “Monitoring the Geospatial Diffusion of Agricultural Technologies”, is expected to generate data, knowledge and tools to help understand where and how far the agricultural technologies generated over time have been adopted by smallholder farmers and diffused over time and space.  Read more about ASARECA, IFPRI in joint bid to map, track uptake of technologies

Climate change will see East Africa get wetter say scientists

East Africa could be the lucky exception to the disastrous effects of climate change as scientists predict increased precipitation as temperatures rise.

Scientists working with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca) — Kizito Kwena, William Ndegwa, Imad Ali-Babiker and Hezron Mogaka— say the flipside to rising temperatures is that East Africa is likely to get wetter mid-century. Read more about Climate change will see East Africa get wetter say scientists

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