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Antony Philip Emenyu
Antony Philip Emenyu
Course: MSc Food Security & Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2017

Antony is married with children. He attended Makerere University in 2012, Qualification –BSc Agricultural. Antony currently works for the Local government as an Agricultural Officer.

His job involves:

  • Managing and training framers on improved agricultural practices
  • Manage demonstration sites
  • Collect, analysis and document agricultural data
  • Preparation of sector work plans and budgets
  • Training and mentoring subordinates

On returning home Antony would like to resume his current position and work towards developing and executing activities to improve the present situation. The key is integrating these activities into the department work plans and budgets.

Kaps Robert Taban
Kaps Robert Taban
Course: MSc Food Security & Development
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2017

Kaps is married with a family. He attended Gulu University – 2013 Qualification – BSc Agriculture and Environment.

Kaps is working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Food Security and Livelihoods dept. as a Project Coordinator. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Overall planning, design and implementation of food security and livelihoods project
  • Project budget management and costs approval
  • Coordination with stakeholders ( government beneficiaries, NGO’s and UN agencies)
  • Reporting to donors, food security clusters and NRC.

Upon completion of the course Kaps will return home to train 20 volunteers as community based extension workers. Each will be assigned to work with 4 groups of farmers, each consisting of 25 members. They will be expected to train the farmers so that they can have increased production, productivity and support them increase incomes and promote rural businesses.

John Eluru Opio
John Eluru Opio
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2016

John is currently working for Farm Africa as a Field Extension worker with the ‘Katrine Joint Farmers’ Cooperative Society ltd.

James Denis Onyinge
James Denis Onyinge
Course: MSc Climate Change and Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2016/2017

James is currently working for World Vision Uganda, an international Non-governmental organisation that works to build resilience of the vulnerable farmer for livelihoods, as Project Manager for the Developing and Delivering Bio-fortified crop (DDBC) project.

Daniel Otengino Okwi
Daniel Otengino Okwi
Course: MSc Agriculture and Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2015/2016

Daniel is a Community Development Program (CDP) Coordinator, responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects under the CDP.

Godfrey Philliam Apangu
Godfrey Philliam Apangu
Course: MSc Food & Water Security
University: Aberystwyth University
Year of completion: 2015/2016

Godfrey is currently working as Programme Coordinator in Agriculture and Environment, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

David Ogwang
David Ogwang
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

David works as a Project Coordinator/Consultant, improving livestock and crop farms, productivity and household food security and income.

Clare Omal
Clare Omal
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

Clare has gone on to educate others in-country on new farming approaches she learnt on the course. Together with the extension staff of her local district’s government she holds plant clinics, which include workshops and training in a number of areas targeted at farmers in the community.

Godfrey Kamanda
Godfrey Kamanda
Course: MSc Horticulture
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2014/2015

Godfrey is a Biodiversity and Agriculture service provider based at the headquarters of the district but with continuous travel to communities.

Solomon Ojiambo
Solomon Ojiambo
Course: MSc Conservation & land Management
University: Bangor University
Year of completion: 2014/2015

Solomon returned to Uganda to establish a demonstration farm using the acquired skills and knowledge from the UK. This gives a clear picture to farmers of what he would like their farms to be like. The acquired skills have helped his organisation address top soil loss, air / water and soil pollution, not forgetting the entire habitat degradation. Results from the demonstration site will be made public through media so that farmers can know how to manage their land.

Naome Alowo
Naome Alowo
Course: MSc Food Security & Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2014/2015

Naome returned to Uganda and used her increased knowledge to address not only challenges of animal health and production but also the wider food insecurity issues for a better possible impact. She is involved in planning with government & communities on the development of sustainable solutions to food security in karamoja and Uganda. Naome wants to develop smart programmes with lasting impact at the community level.

Celia Nalwadda
Celia Nalwadda
Course: MSc Land Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2011/2012

Celia has two jobs. Her first is as a Youth Officer with the Commonwealth Forestry Association where she represents youth forestry professionals and co-ordinates all youth orientated activities in the commonwealth, advising the governing council on issues pertinent to young foresters. Celias second position is as a Senior Plantation Officer with the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme where she is in charge of techical backstopping and training forestry farmers.

Peter Musinguzi
Peter Musinguzi
Course: MSc Integrated Landscape Ecology
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2013/2014

Peter is working as an Agricultural Advisor with Kabarole District Farmers Association as well as volunteering as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officier in the coffee gender value chain project. Since returning home Peter has been able to help farmers improve productivity and recognise the value in natural resource management.

Summer 2018 blog post from Peter:

Are we going any further? Contemplating about the impacts of livelihoods-conservation initiatives

I was brought up by and have lived with poor people in the rural village near the border of Kibale National Park (NP) in Uganda. I witnessed the Eviction of people from Mpokya in 1992 which was annexed to the Kibale NP when I was young. At home, we housed a few evicted individuals for a while on their way to a distant district where the government was resettling them. I love nature conservation but as a rural boy, I loved farming more as it provided both food and cash though never satisfactory.

My academic background is broad and interdisciplinary in nature with qualifications ranging from Agroforestry, Agricultural Land use and Management, Integrated Land Scape Ecology to Agricultural Development. I have mainly achieved all this through national and international Government and University competitive scholarships and other merit based grants managed by International Organisations. Marshal Papworth scholarship was the first international scholarship that I won which funded my first MSc Degree at Cranfield University in England. The scholarship opened international opportunities and contributed to widening my personal and career ambitions.

Having grown and witnessed such a hard life and people suffering at the border of the NPs, I became interested in the nexus of rural livelihoods and conservation. I used to wonder why we were sidelined in development efforts since we were at the proximity of the park and as such, the custodians of biodiversity. I became more perplexed as I grew up witnessing the village people perpetually remaining poor and yet the government officials would announce on radios about the very nice projects and programmes they had for people bordering the parks, but we would barely witness them at village level or if you were lucky, you could see an official once and never see him/her again. Some Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) would also (and still do currently) sympathize with the rural people bordering the park in my area and introduce interventions to improve our livelihoods. However, the introduced interventions would last for a short time and the village people returned to their usual ways of life hence you could not see the value added to the rural poor by such implemented interventions.

My education in Uganda and abroad including rural based development work with smallholder farmers and research has exposed me more to the realization of how rural people and especially those living near protected areas can be marginalized in myriad ways such as poor accessibility and wildlife-people conflict complexities among others.

Such issues besides my academic and professional background aroused my interest to dive deeper into academia and widen understanding of development versus conservation and contribute to answering why people are remaining poor despite governments’ and NGOs’ support through several interventions. I feel there are missing links to fully understand the complex nature of development and environmental sociological issues in developing and transitioning countries. As such, my career goal is to contribute to the body of knowledge within international development and natural resource management through developing or improving novel research methodologies, advancing relevant development theories and making practical and policy recommendations that could bridge such missing links.

My work within in the ICCS at the University of Oxford has been fulfilling some of my ambitions. I have been involved with an evaluation project entitled “Can health investments benefit conservation and sustainable development?” under the supervision of Professor EJ Milner-Gulland and Dr Henry Travers. I have been privileged to traverse the eastern and mid-western parts of Uganda into the villages bordering the great Ugandan NPs (Bwindi Impenetrable, Mt. Elgon) and Budongo forest. I was able to interact with poor rural communities in hard to reach areas and heard their stories and issues related to conservation and sustainable rural development.

Excitingly, towards the end of June 2018, I will head to the University of New England in Australia where I will start my PhD studies to further try to unravel the nexus of development and conservation related interventions. The PhD will broadly specialize on impact evaluation and specifically try to advance a holistic understanding of rural social enterprises; their sustainability, socioeconomic impacts on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and evidence of their relevance to natural resource management. In so doing, the study will examine and contribute to the understanding of opportunities and constraints, and management and support issues in achieving dual goals of rural development and conservation.

The struggle continues and as much is unearthed by different scholars and practioners, we will truly contribute to finding viable solutions to the overarching issue of poverty and more so in the rural areas of developing and transitioning countries around the World!

Sabino Amadra
Sabino Amadra
Course: MSc Agroforestry
University: Bangor University
Year of completion: 2013/2014

Sabino works as a Section Manager with the National Forestry Authority, managing central forest reserves in Uganda in a sustainable manner. Since embarking on his Masters, Sabino has built upon his merits of sustainable management and helps demonstrate to farmers non-destructive farming methods.

Peter Agamile
Peter Agamile
Course: MA International Development Management
University: Bradford University
Year of completion: 2011/2012

Peter currently holds the position of Agriculture Officer at Hunger Fighters Uganda, a Local NGO. He uses the knowledge gained from his Masters course on a daily basis to greatly enhance the services the organisation provides.

Paul Opio
Paul Opio
Course: MSc Animal Production and Nutrition
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2010/2011

Paul is a qualified veterinarian and upon return to Uganda he has been employed as an International Livestock/Pastorialism Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Sub Regional Office, Eastern and Central Africa in Nairobi. The knowledge gained from his MSc course, has enabled Paul to make a significant contribution to supporting animal health and production in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibuti, Somalia and the horn of Africa.

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David Mulabi
David Mulabi
Course: MSc Communication for Innovation and Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2013/2014

David currently works as a co-ordinator for the Community Development Programme at the Uganda Czech Development Trust. Since returning home David has worked on projects that have encouraged the adoption of new agricultural methods and opportunities such as recycling, chain or production and marketing. In 2014, David entered the Advancing Development Goals competition run by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and was awarded second place, meeting Mr. Kofi Anan in the process.

Catherine Kemigisha
Catherine Kemigisha
Course: MSc in Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2007/2008

Upon returning to her homeland Catherine joined the Ministry of Water and Environment as an Engineer, she is responsible for developing the infrastructure to improve the supply of reliable water sources.

Richard Habomugisha
Richard Habomugisha
Course: MSc Extension for Natural Resource-Based Livelihoods
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2008/2009

Since returning home, Richard uses the knowledge gained from his course to train local farmers on the correct use of sustainable resources, helping them to achieve a more profitable future.

George Alito
George Alito
Course: MSc in Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2005/2006

Following the completion of his Masters course, George returned to work for the Directorate of Water Developments in Uganda, where he now works with rural communities providing them with reliable, safe water sources.

Philip Tibenderana
Philip Tibenderana
Course: MSc in Water Management
University: University of Cranfield
Year of completion: 2008/2009

Philip works for the Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme providing water to rural communities in South-Western Uganda. Each year, Philip helps to improve the lives of over 22,780 poor people from rural communities through the provision of safe water and sanitation services.

Denis Igua
Denis Igua
Course: MSc Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2008/2009

Denis returned to Uganda to continue with humanitarian aid work which is his passion.

Ereng (John) Atyang
Ereng (John) Atyang
Course: MSc in Extension for Natural Resource Based Livelihoods
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2005/2006

He returned home to his position as a Soil Scientist for Africa 2000 Network and was later promoted.

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