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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

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Background

The National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) was established by an Act of Parliament, (2005), by repealing the NARO Act of 1992 that amalgamated all agricultural research activities. NARO is the largest Agricultural research body in Uganda. The main goal of NARO is to enhance the contribution of agricultural research to sustainable agricultural productivity, economic growth, food security and poverty eradication through generation and dissemination of appropriate technologies, knowledge and information”.

In Africa approximately 80% depend directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihoods, providing 70% full time employment, one third of total GDP, and 40% of total export earnings.  Thus the overall economic performance is inextricably linked to the performance of the agricultural sector. The sector is however constrained by inadequate application of appropriate technologies, inadequate policy and poor implementation, climate change, poorly developed market chains and inadequate capacity for agricultural research and development. There is need to address this challenges to improve peoples’ livelihoods. 

The National Agricultural Research Organization is organizing a conference on the theme: “Improving Livelihoods through Agricultural Research innovations”

Conference dates:                01st – 03rd October 2012,

Venue:                            Entebbe, Uganda

Sub-themes

  1. Technology and innovations
  2. Institutional frame work, policies and laws impacting agriculture
  3. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  4. Value chains, marketing and socioeconomics for increased agricultural productivity
  5. Capacity building for agriculture

Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters

Those who intend to present a paper or posters on any of the sub themes listed above should submit full papers or posters to the Director General NARO on email: dgnaro@naro.go.ug, with copies to the Chairperson Organizing Committee on emails: ikashaija@naro.go.ug and ikashaija@yahoo.co.uk

Time lines

Full Papers and Posters: 30th August 2012

Registration: 15th September 2012

Registration fees

Students: USD 50

Scientists: USD 100

Please circulate this announcement to all researchers and associated extensionists in your institute and your collaborating organizations.

Date Posted: 10th-August-2012