• Nalubaale: Could this rock be the origin of Lake Victoria’s local name?

    Africa’s largest lake sits calmly in a shallow basin, surrounded by green vegetation. In 1858 British explorer John Speke named it Victoria, after the Queen of England. The locals in Buganda, however, already had a different name for it, Nalubaale. Where did the name Nalubaale come from? The answer could be found in a small […]

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  • Grandeur at Agricultural Biotechnology Journalism Awards 2017

    Science Technology and Innovation Minister Elioda Tumwesigye addresses guests It was all glamour and grandeur last night at the Agricultural Biotechnology Journalism Awards 2017 ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala.   On the cool night, journalists, scientists, science communicators and their friends gathered to recognise the best agricultural biotechnology reporters in the country. The event […]

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  • Adapting to situations: Dondolo sells drinking water to a lake community

      Siragi Wakibi Dondolo, 56, resides at Nakalanga landing site, Bukatube Sub County, Mayuge district. Dondolo has found a lucrative business in selling water to people who are, ironically, living next to Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Victoria. Dondolo buys safe drinking water from a borehole at Nakalanga landing site at Shs. 300 and sells it […]

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  • Uganda targets to spread biofortified crops to 3 million households by 2021

    Geoffrey Mabirizi Nsereko is, by Ugandan standards, a large scale farmer. Rain had soaked the ground by the time we alighted at his farmhouse in Mityebiri village, Rakai district, just a few kilometres from the Uganda-Tanzania border post of Mutukula. The sun, shining gently that afternoon, made the trees in his compound appear smiling. Ripe […]

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  • NBI projects to benefit 30m people by 2025 – Minister

    Projects of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) should benefit at least 30 million people in the next eight years, Tanzania’s Minister of Water and Irrigation has stated. Gerson Lwenge, speaking during a media briefing in Dar-es-salaam yesterday, said: “We have worked together as Member States to negotiate and agree on more than 35 investment projects […]

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  • The impact of the long dry spell: Share your experience

    Uganda is in a crisis. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) announced recently that 1.5m people in Uganda need food relief. In some regions, such as Karamoja, up to 65%of the population has access to one meal or half a meal a day. Out of the country’s 116 districts, only 28 are […]

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  • Museveni a true champion of climate change adaptation

    On October 31, President Yoweri Museveni was photographed in Luweero district carrying a jerrycan of water on a bicycle. He was promoting irrigation. To many people, the act of the President pushing water on a bicycle appeared hilarious, if not ridiculous. Comments on social media and in bars went about how Museveni was demonstrating backwardness. Many, […]

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  • Lira prepares to evict encroachers from wetlands

    People occupying wetlands and those cultivating in them in Lira district should start looking for other places to settle in before they are evicted forcefully. Richard Mugolo, Chief Administrative Officer for Lira, says that the district is about to implement a directive by President Yoweri Museveni to free wetlands of settlements throughout the country. In […]

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