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Research at MUCCRI Through a partnership with NARO and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA-Uganda) and with funding from USAID, MUCCRI is offering both financial and technical support to a series of graduate students (both MSc and Ph.D.) research efforts as well as research experiences for undergraduates. The research efforts for graduate students are focused on a range of research topics that have been identified and agreed upon with the partners. The different research topics for MSc and Ph.D. covered by the graduate students include the following:

MScs to generate agro-meteorological climate-risk analyses to inform decision-making at national, community, and farm level MScs to assess what policies affect farmers’ vulnerability and adaptive capacity at the local level through stakeholder engagement, so as to create awareness, empower the farming community and trigger behavioral change of local policy actors.

Ph.D. on climate-smart Robusta coffee: understanding the biophysical and economic challenges and opportunities at plot level. Ph.D. on climate change adaptation, climate-smart technologies: Overcoming drought stress in key food crops, combining drought-tolerant germplasm with evaluating technologies for conserving, collecting, and supplying water. Ph.D. on climate change adaptation at household and community level - diversification or specialization and the implications of control over assets.


On-going Master Students' Research

Research 1: Projection of maize yield based on future temperature variations.

Research Description:


This research aims at investigating the potential effects of the increasing temperatures on crop production especially maize which is a staple food for many households in Uganda. Despite the adaptation strategies such as improved crop varieties and carrying out best agronomic practices, weather variability is still a key factor in agricultural productivity.

The study is being carried out in Ngetta (Northern Moist Farmlands AEZ) and Kawanda (Lake Victoria Crescent AEZ) characterized by distinct temperature and rainfall variability. The main objective of the research study is to contribute to the climate resilience of agricultural livelihoods in Uganda. The specific objectives of the research are to assess the extent to which temperature variations affect maize phenological stages in selected AEZ of Uganda under rain-fed systems and; to project maize yield in the selected agro-ecological zones in Uganda under changing climatic conditions using the DSSAT crop model up to 2050. Data are being collected on phenological stages including dates of seedling emergence from the soil after planting, end of juvenile and vegetative, tasseling, silking (pollen shading) as well as physiological maturity stages. The genetic coefficients at these various stages will be calculated from the daily average temperatures of the two sites based on a base temperature of 8 °C.

The genetic coefficient information will be used in the crop model to predict future maize productivity in these areas under RCP 4.5, 6, and 8.5. The results from the study will act as a decision support tool for policymakers and researchers towards establishing appropriate adaptation strategies to match the predicted global warming for purpose of improving food productivity.

Contacts Name: Amumpaire Jane


    Research 2: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Options to Drought Impacts.

    Research Description:


    Climate change has had devastating effects on natural resource-dependent communities, especially smallholder farmers. These farmers try out various options using ecosystem products and services to help them adapt (Zake, 2015; CBD, 2009; Morton, 2007). Kiboga, a rural district in the cattle corridor of Uganda, is highly dependent on agriculture and is already affected by prolonged droughts and unreliable rainfall patterns (Tumwine et al.,2015). The aim of this study was to provide information that can be used to enhance the adaptive capacity of smallholder farmers whose adaptation responses are mainly found in ecosystems. Specifically, the study established drought impacts and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) options used by the farmers.

    Contacts Research person: Susan Nanfuka Program: Masters Student





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