Research opportunity for continuing students

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Background

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The Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University has received funding from the Embassy of France to Uganda to implement a one-year project titled ‘Demonstration of a sustainable farm ecosystem for improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Uganda’. This project will provide hands-on skills and evidence on how to increase income, food and environmental security of beneficiary small-holder farmers and students. This will be achieved through an integrated demonstration field that will help in the generation of knowledge, skilling of youth and women, and dissemination of information on agroecological systems management. The main objective of the project is to showcase the practicability and sustainability of Agroecological practices and interventions on smallholder farms in Uganda through visual and practical demonstration. The specific objectives are to : (i) generate knowledge on sustainable agroecosystems management through research; and (ii) increase awareness of smallholder farmers about the practicability of sustainable agroecosystem practices. Among expected outputs of the projects is generation of innovations/new knowledge/agronomic practices which support sustainable agriculture among smallholder farmers by increasing productivity, conserving natural resources / protecting environment, observing cultural norms, promoting social justice and ensuring profitable organic farming enterprise combinations such as (but not limited to) crops, livestock, poultry, aquaculture and apiculture. The project will provide research support to a total of 10 students (both undergraduate and master’s students).

The call

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, three to five-page research concept note and a recommendation letter from a potential supervisor to the address specified hereafter. Examples of research concept areas (non-exhaustive list) of an organic farm setting include sustainable land/soil fertility monitoring and management, conservation and efficient utilization of natural resources for crop/livestock production, plant/animal residue recycling (waste management) and pest and disease management. The research areas can be approached under different disciplines such as sustainable crop/livestock production, environmental safety, economic viability of an organic enterprise, socioeconomics (awareness, perceptions and capacity of stakeholders such as smallholder farmers, consumers, students/pupils/educational institutions and policymakers on aspects of farm ecosystems and organic produce) and monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Selection criteria

  • Continuing students of Uganda Martyrs University from any discipline will be prioritized. Students from other universities may also apply.
  • High-quality research concept which is well aligned with the scope of the project.
  • Willingness to commit time and implement the research at the project site in Nkozi within one year. The research concept should, therefore, include a well-thought work plan and budget.
  • Gender equality will be applied.

Deadline

Applications should be delivered by 4:00 pm on Tuesday 30th July 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Address for delivery of applications

The Principal Investigator,

Organic Demo Home project, Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi,

P.O. Box 5498, Kampala, Uganda.

Alternatively, you can send your application in one file in pdf format by e-mail to Project Administrator, Ms. Rose Nalugo (rnalugo@umu.ac.ug) with copies to gsseremba16@gmail.com and mwinej@gmail.com.

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