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Tropentag, September 14 - 16, 2022, Prague

"Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views."


Empowerment of agricultural education in Uganda: Establishment of a faculty of agribusiness & natural resources at IUIU

Mohamed El Nour Taha1, Ismail Gyagenda2, Hatim Elamin3, Jafari Matungo 4

1Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Fac. of Agribusiness & Natural Resources, Uganda
2Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Uganda
3Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Development of Youth Skills, Uganda
4Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Farm Management, Uganda


Abstract


Agriculture in Africa has massive social and economic footprints in terms of arable lands (60% of world), livelihood for population of sub-Saharan Africa (smallholder farmers represent ˃60% of population and about 23% of GDP comes from agriculture) and production of principal grains: corn, wheat and rice. However, Africa's full agricultural potential remains untapped. As far as food demand & food security implications for 2030 in Uganda are concerned, about 33% of population are poor and consumption of grains has been drastically rising with increases in income & demographic changes; urbanisation. Nutrition & incomes of farm families are limited by high post-harvest losses for grains and root crops resulting from improper post-harvest handling leading to low produce quality and contamination problems. To attain SDG2 of zero hunger and food & nutrition security, there is call for further investments in Uganda's agricultural sector and education to enhance domestic production capacity to meet growing demand for food. Agricultural education in Uganda began with foundation of Agriculture Department in 1911 at Makerere College. Currently, there are seventeen universities and colleges offering agriculture training. Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) opened in 1988 is planning to establish Faculty of Agribusiness and Natural Resources as fully-fledged institution leaning to add to agriculture education based on concrete scientific, technological & innovative backgrounds of entrepreneurship and agribusiness. Faculty action-oriented vision: “build capacities, alleviate poverty, promote social justice & build future where communities achieve innovative & sustainable management of resources for development”. Faculty mission: “prepare practitioners, scientists & leaders in agriculture and entrepreneurship with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development & society welfare”. Faculty objectives IUIU: provision of skills & technology and human resources required for sustainable agriculture development; competent entrepreneur degree holders & skillful researchers, meet up academic education & standards, produce high quality graduates literate in agriculture & core subject areas, maintain continuous upgrading of skillful youth & women to assure requirements of fourth industrial revolution, documenting existing indigenous technical knowledge for developing new innovations, creating innovative extension services & consultations and exchange of experiences & expertise through collaborative scientific linkages with relevant counterparts within IUIU Networks.


Keywords: Agribusiness and natural resources, empowerment of agriculture education, entrepreneurship, food demand and food security, fourth industrial revolution, improper post-harvest handling, IUIU


Contact Address: Mohamed El Nour Taha, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Fac. of Agribusiness & Natural Resources, Mbale, Uganda, e-mail: nour54321@yahoo.com


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