Masters Research

MUCCRI Masters Student's Research

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:

Climate change has had devastating effects on natural resource dependent communities’ especially small holder 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 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 adaptive capacity of small holder farmers whose adaptation responses are mainly found on ecosystems. Specifically, the study established drought impacts and Ecosystem- based Adaptation (EbA) options used by the farmers.

Research person: Susan Nanfuka
Program: Masters Student



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