Our Partners

Partners in Funding and Implementation

With great thanks and gratitude we thank all our partners that have supported us financially and technically to ensure we implemented our Activities in 2015 successfully. This impacted greatly on the livelihoods of so many ordinary people across the country in terms of creating awareness on various technologies that are available to address there Agricultural challenges. We thank Donald Danforth Plant Science Center through the VIRCA project for their continued support, Uganda Biosciences Information Center for financing and technically supporting all the Community Outreach Programs, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, and Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology. International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, EMBRAPPA, National Agricultural Research Organisation, and all the affiliated Reseach Institues for their technical backstopping and providing their priced facilities for learning purposes. Below are the details of all our Partners.

The National Agricultural Research Organization

NARO is the apex body for guidance and coordination of all agricultural research activities in the national agricultural research system in Uganda. NARO is a Public Institution established by an act of Parliament, which was enacted on 21st November 2005.
SCIFODE through a memorandum with NARO has been working closely with NARO institutions to help link the science and scientists to the communities through various channels that include visits to the research institutes by farmers, legislators, and journalists, facilitating scientists to address regional for a and monthly Bio-cafe. NARO is a research body mandated by law to oversee all Agricultural research activities with the aim of ensuring national food security and livelihoods for farmers.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications

ISAAA is a non-profit international organization that shares the benefits of agricultural biotechnology, with a special focus on resource-poor farmers in developing countries. ISAAA facilitates the transfer and delivery of proprietary biotechnology products by involving partner organizations from public and private sectors in the research and development continuum. Aside from technology transfer, ISAAA is also involved in science-based knowledge sharing and capacity building, and produces annual report on the use of biotech crops.
SCIFODE collaborate with ISAAA on several Programs and activities for example providing Communication support to the VIRCA project, new partnership with EMBRAPA and also in identifying the right people to go on a seeing-is- believing tours outside the two. SCIFODE help disseminate some of the ISAAA’s information material through their various workshops.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center through the VIRCA Project has been one of SCIFODE’s major partners for the last years and 2015 was not any different. VIRCA supports communication strategies that help sensitize farmers and key influential people on the science behind modern Biotechnology that is being used to address the challenge of Cassava Brown streak disease. VIRCA’s main vision is to develop a farmer preferred Cassava variety that is resistant to both Cassava Brown streak disease and Cassava Mosaic disease. VIRCA in the coming years through VIRCA plus will also introduce a nutrition component as one of the projects objectives.

Uganda Biosciences Information Center

UBIC is an initiative of NARO conceptualized as a premier information and communications hub for agricultural research in Uganda. UBIC funds SCIFODE to carry out Upcountry Outreach Sensitization activities for Farmers, Political, Religious and Opinion Leaders. Also included are Civil servants and the media. This initiative has empowered farmers to begin to speak for themselves to demand for the technologies that will address their various challenges.

National Crops Resources Research Institute

NaCRRI is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of NARO. NaCRRI is mandated to conduct, carry out research and knowledge generation for Cassava, Rice, Maize, beans, sweet potatoes, among others. SCIFODE partners with NaCRRI to ensure technologies generated by NaCRRI Scientists get to the end users who are mainly farmers. Some of the Projects under NaCRRI that SCIFODE works with are the VIRCA project and Green Super Rice Project under the Cereals Program.

Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium

UBBC is a coalition of different stakeholders ranging from policy makers, scientists, private sector leaders, civil society organization leaders and government officers in their individual capacities as well as stakeholder agencies both public and private for a common cause of advancing the role of biotechnology in improving livelihoods of the people in Uganda. SCIFODE is a member of UBBC and participates in most of the Consortiums major Activities like Planning Meetings, Joint Policy Advocacies, and Exhibitions.

The Program for Biosafety Systems PBS

PBS supports partner countries in Africa and Asia in the responsible development and use of biotechnology. Managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PBS works with countries interested in using biotechnology to enhance agricultural innovation. PBS supported NABIO2015 conference. SCIFODE also participates in some of the PBS Activities especially in areas of Biotechnology and Biosafety sensitizations and trainings.

Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

UNCST is a Government of Uganda Agency, established by CAP 209, under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The Council is mandated to facilitate and coordinate the development and implementation of policies and strategies for integrating Science and Technology (S&T) into the national development process. SCIFODE participates in some of the Council’s Planning and Review Meetings especially in the area of Biotechnology. UNCST through the open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) supported the National Agricultural Biosciences Conference (NABIO 2015) that was convened by SCIFODE. OFAB funded a special session that discussed climate issues, effects on farmers and how research response.

African Agricultural Technology Foundation AATF

AATF is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) through innovative partnerships and effective stewardship along the entire value chain. AATF supported SCIFODE to engage the Ministry of Agriculture and other Stakeholders to speed the process of establishing regulations and offices necessary to implement the Plant Variety Protection Act.

Cornell Alliance for Science

The Cornell Alliance for Science is a new communications initiative based at Cornell University at Ithaca city in New York State in the U.S, with the overarching mission of promoting access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life globally. SCIFODE is one of the founder members of this global alliance for science. In 2015, SCIFODE participated in various Alliance trainings and workshops. One of the SCIFODE’s staff members, Peter Wamboga-Mugirya participated in the 3months Alliance for Science Communication training at the Cornell University.

Uganda National Farmers Federation

UNFFE is the largest private sector, farmer-based, umbrella membership Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda (and one of the largest in East and Central Africa) which advocates for, lobbies and articulates farmers’ developmental issues and programs. Its activities reach grassroots farming communities in all corners of the country. SCIFODE is hosted at the UNFFE’s building and SCIFODE works closely with all the UNFFE’s member districts, involving UNFFE’s members in all its major Activities.




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