Welcome to the African Center for Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE)


The African Centre of Excellence in Agro-ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE), is one of the twenty-four World Bank Centres of Excellence in the ACE II Project. The main objective of ACALISE is to streamline the production of high level, well motivated and ethically conscious critical mass of Agro-ecology and Livelihood systems experts. It is funded by the World Bank through the Government of Uganda as a regional centre of excellence to collaborate quality postgraduate education as well as applied research to address key development challenges facing the East and Southern Africa and beyond. Uganda Martyrs University, the World Bank Group and the Inter-University Council for East Africa are jointly responsible for overseeing the activities of ACALISE.

ACALISE is hosted by Uganda Martyrs University in the Faculty of Agriculture. Uganda Martyrs University is a leader in Agro-ecological solutions related to climate change and livelihood systems and has trained top-notch Agro-ecologists on the African continent and beyond through its top-rated programmes in Organic Agriculture and Agroecology.



Africa in general and East Africa, in particular, is faced with problems of low production and productivity, little or no value addition to the few products but also lack of ethical values in management of a business. These overarching problems have of late been compounded by effects of climate change, all of which have made peoples’ livelihoods a dilemma....