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Uganda’s Unemployment Conundrum


Photo Credit: Post Harvest Handling of Hibiscus Sabdariffa Fruit at the CPAR Uganda Ltd Loro Base Camp located in Loro Sub-County in Oyam District; photo taken by Norah Owaraga.

The theme for the Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review (JASAR) 2016 workshop was: “Enhancing Agricultural Production for Job Creation.” I was baffled, thus, by the presentation at the JASAR by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), particularly so the section on “Capacity Building”. 

Uganda’s Agricultural Extension System


First, the disclaimer: This analysis is borne of the desire for genuine learning and understanding. It has no intent of divisive party politics as currently polarising Uganda. Credit for the photo of Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony goes to theindianbean  

I have re-listened to the recording that I made of the presentation that the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) made during the recent Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review (JASAR) that was held at Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo from 29th to 30th August 2016. 

In particular, this morning, I re-listened to the part of the presentation which was dedicated to agricultural extension. I have re-listened now three times and I remain confused. 

Control of tuberculosis is costly, but necessary

By Prof. Blandina Theophile Mmbaga (right – participating the TWENDE Knowledge Transfer workshop) and Ms. Norah Owaraga.

“It is very expensive to be poor.” This observation by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere (RIP) is perhaps even more poignant today in the context of the tuberculosis (TB) scourge within East Africa – at regional, country and individual household levels. Poverty indeed sustains TB 

Control of TB requires proper diagnosis and treatment among other public health interventions. The gold standard for diagnosis of TB for many years, since the 18th century, and which is still the most accessible in TB high incidence countries, is the Sputum Smear Microscopy. However its sensitivity is below 80 percent. 

Vicious cycles of Poverty and TB

By Norah Owaraga, Managing Director of CPAR Uganda Ltd

Tuberculosis (TB) and poverty are bedfellows. It is paramount, therefore, that in fighting TB one necessarily cannot ignore poverty; and in fighting poverty one cannot afford to ignore TB. This is particularly so in the context of the 22 TB high disease burden countries (HDC), of which Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are among.