Grace Nakawooya, Immaculate Asiimwe, Frank Mugagga and Karl Tiller, Uganda


STUDENT BIOS

GRACE NAKAWOOYA

Grace Nakawooya is a single female who was born from Masaka, Uganda.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture and is currently persuing a Master of Science degree in Environment and Natural Resources at Makerere University, Uganda. The official language she speaks is English while Luganda is her local language. Her working experiences include; Socio-economic survey  on the livelihoods of farmers in the karamoja region and their coping strategies to the effects of climate change done in 2012; carried out Environmental auditing activities in November 2011 at Bujjagali Energy Limited using key performance indicators to ensure that affected communities were compensated and proposed social amenities were being met; 2010-2011: Worked with Urban research and training consultancy where I carried out EIA’s for masts (for MTN, Zain and Warid telelecom companies) in districts and areas such as Ishaka, Mitoma, Iganga and Buhweju), factories, road (such as muyembe-moroto- Lokipanyala road and Sorot-Katwi–kotgido roads ) and water projects including Tirinyi ,Kibuku, Busia and Rakasaka water projects and 2009: January-February: carried out a socio-economic survey on Bujjagali Energy Limited  on the livelihoods of various individuals who were affected by resettlement to various areas as a result of construction of the dam.

IMMACULATE ASIIMWE
Immaculate Asiimwe is a Ugandan originating from the Southwestern Region. She has just completed a BSc. in Surveying at Makerere University Kampala and is awaiting graduation due in January 2013. She has experience in several survey works including control, topographic and cadastral surveys. Immaculate has over time developed keen interest in using GIS technologies. This is evident in her final year dissertation that aimed at Landslide prediction mapping for Uganda using ArcGIS. She also has experience in digitizing and creating databases using ArcGIS. She is proficient in the English language, her mother tongue Rukiga and also knows a little French. Currently, she is working on a project entitled “
Enhancement of Early Warning Systems for Sustainable Food Security in Uganda” under MYCOE/ SERVIR, East Africa. Her contact address is
asiimwe9@gmail.com.
 
MENTOR BIOS

FRANK MUGAGGA

Hello, My name is
Frank Mugagga, I am  an Environmental Geographer with over 11 years of University teaching experience at Makerere University. I have a PhD in Environmental Geography from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; a Mphil (Development Studies-Geography Specialization) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management from Makerere University, Uganda. My research interests are:  landuse, rural/urban services/livelihood systems, global environmental change, climate change vulnerability, resilience building and adaptation.
I have worked towards enhancing the protection and conservation of forests and agricultural landscapes in and around mountainous areas, the latest being Mount Elgon, Eastern Uganda. Through participatory action and learning strategies, I have helped to develop local communities’ adaptive capabilities and research potentials in climate change vulnerable areas.
 I have conducted numerous Participatory Action Oriented trainings aimed at increasing awareness about Community Based Adaptation to climate change, strengthening collaboration between stakeholder organizations for enhancement of adaptive capacities and the development of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Plans for Natural resource dependent communities.

Please the follow link below for further details about me: http://staff.mak.ac.ug/fmugagga


KARL TILLER

 

ABOUT OUR RESEARCH

Project Title: Enhancement of Early Warning Systems for Sustainable Food Security in Uganda

Summary

Food security analysis has traditionally been performed using satellite data, long lead-time field survey techniques, and a small in-country staff of donor agencies. Given the increasingly interconnected nature of new global food security issues and stresses, including climate change and global food price fluctuations, food insecurity dynamics will need to be monitored and assessed in many more potential locations, with greater efficiency, and support shorter intervention response times. Farm Radio International offers a tremendous opportunity to enhance current methodologies by leveraging the ubiquity of broadcast radio and the explosion of mobile telephony access among the primary actors of food insecure situations: smallholder farmers, and benefit from their intimate knowledge of localized, complex conditions. This proposal effort will work closely with Farm Radio International to; capture and model the location-specific, food security related information already being generated by broadcasting partners in a relational database; produce and air a radio “talk show” about the local pricing issues of various food and cash crops where listeners can “call in” (with SMS, voice, and emails) that will be captured into that database to describe the potential benefits of the SERVIR program and potential derivative information products to listeners.


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