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Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda, Department of Agricultural and Biologicial Sciences Bishop Tucker Road, P.O. Box 4

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DAMARIS ACHIENG ODENY, PhD
DAMARIS ACHIENG ODENY, PhD
Chairperson
  DAMARIS ACHIENG ODENY, PhD, is currently the chairperson of Afri-SOL. She is a Kenyan born research scientist currently heading the...
DR. ELIZABETH B. KIZITO
DR. ELIZABETH B. KIZITO
Coordinator
DR. ELIZABETH B. KIZITO, is the secretary Afri-SOL. Elizabeth is also heading the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Entrepreneurship at UCU...
Dr. JOHN JAGWE
Dr. JOHN JAGWE
Private Sector Representative
  Dr. JOHN JAGWE is the representative of the private sector in Afri-SOL. He is currently the Managing Partner of FARMGAIN AFRICA since 2011...
DR MICHAEL MASANZA
DR MICHAEL MASANZA
Member
  DR MICHAEL MASANZA (PhD, MSc. Agric. BSc. Agric. (Hons) Dip Educ.) is Senior Lecturer and Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Uganda...
DR. FELISTUS PATIENCE CHIPUNGU
DR. FELISTUS PATIENCE CHIPUNGU
Member
DR. FELISTUS PATIENCE CHIPUNGU, a Malawian National is a Root and Tuber Crops research scientist who worked with the Department of Agricultural...
Other Board Members
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Martin Yeboah, representative from West Africa Dr. Richard Mithen, from SolGenomics is an advisory board member Dr. Rene Klein Lankhorst...

Focus Areas

General Description

afrisol2Afri-SOL is a network of scientists and other stakeholders with interest in Solanaceae species in Africa. Afri-SOL is affiliated to the Sol Genomics Network.
Afri-SOL was created from the realization that a number of African Solanaceous plants are increasingly playing an important role in meeting the nutritional and health needs of many households globally.

Scientists also continue to look for novel traits from wild plants of the Solanaceae family that are native to the African continent.
Current research activity in the rich source of diversity present within the African continent, however, does not match the potential value of these plants. There has been very little consolidated effort towards proper conservation, management, improvement and promotion of valuable germplasm.

Afri-SOL brings together a multidisciplinary team of stakeholders with the goal of unlocking the potential of African solanaceous species biodiversity for the improvement of nutrition, health and income.
Broadly, Afri-SOL aims to address existing knowledge gaps and challenges within the respective African regions. The network is currently hosted at Uganda Christian University and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Sciences.