On 5th July 2018, the PAEPARD end of project dissemination workshop was held at Fairway Hotel & Spa in Kampala, Uganda. The event brought together over 80 participants from Non-Government Organizations (NGO), private sector, government, academia, media, farming communities and a delegation from the European Union in Uganda. The event was followed by a field visit to farming communities in Jinja on the 6th July, 2018.  

Afri-SOL a network of African researchers and stakeholders with interest in indigenous African vegetables together with partners; Uganda Christian University (UCU), FARMGAIN Africa Ltd, Coalition for Health, Agriculture and Incomes (CHAIN) Uganda, Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich, UK organized the one-day end of project dissemination workshop with the aim of;

  • debriefing the general public on the project activities and results achieved,
  • highlighting project impact and success stories to the public, partners and media and
  • creating an opportunity for interaction between stakeholders and the public to pave way forward on sustainability

The three-year project entitled “Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda,” was funded by the European Union through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on the program of Promoting African and European Partnerships in Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD). 

During the event, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University, Dr. John Musisi Senyonyi thanked the stakeholders for nourishing people and recognised PAEPARD, farmers and RUFORUM for their contribution in this research. He highlighted the value of this research in raising awareness and informing stakeholders but also providing accountability of what has been done throughout the 3-year project.  He noted that results attained can be used to lead a change in communities in policy and practice and also that sharing information influences decisions.

The European Union Head of Cooperation’s, Mr. CEDRIC MEREL expressed his great pleasure to be at the workshop and congratulated the team for the successful end of project workshop. He said that the European Union was supporting food and nutrition and sustainable agriculture in Uganda and urged the project to link with the private sector continuity. For more details about this event, please view full report at https://afri-sol.org/publications/