Each agricultural season, small-scale maize farmers in southeastern Uganda face the same dilemma. Should they shell out a few extra shillings and buy commercial maize seed from the nearby agro-input shop, or should they just plant seed saved from the previous harvest?
The advantages of the first strategy are obvious. The small investment in commercial seed can substantially increase future income from maize. About 28,000 UGX (roughly US$8) buys enough seed to plant half an acre, and can yield an additional 1.25 to 2.5 bags of maize – an extra income of between 88,000 and 176,000 UGX ($25-50).
Makerere University and a consortium of partners led by the University of California San Diego have won a five-year global health study project worth US$38 Million. The project code-named “Agency for All” will research and promote the voices of low-and-middle-income people within their communities and within health development programming.
Researchers have found that access to road transport infrastructure does not greatly affect firm performance but rather Labour plays the biggest role in determining the productivity of a firm in Uganda followed by capital. These results where shared by a research team led by Dr. Susan Namirembe Kavuma during a dissemination workshop in Makerere on March 24th, 2022.
Early in 2021, the government of Uganda approved a two-year plan to streamline state-run agencies for greater efficiency. The first phase of the merger targeted 77 agencies under 18 ministries. By the time parliament put the programme on hold months later, 69 of these agencies had been merged.
Parliament stepped in because the government sidestepped the law and could face court challenges. But the programme is still on the cards once key issues are resolved. These include amendments to laws governing energy agencies and provision of financial compensation to affected parties and staff.