“The scholarship will not only enable me to graduate with a PhD in Agronomy soon, it will also make me an accomplished agronomist.”
Degree/Program: PhD in Agronomy
Scholarship: PhD Research Scholar - Japan Rice Breeding Project
Field of study: Agronomy and soil fertility
I am a Ugandan holding a Master of Science degree in Crop Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, both obtained from Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. I am an agronomist with expertise in weed science, soil fertility, and seed systems. I have previously worked as a Research Officer/Crop Agronomist with the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) based in Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute. I implemented projects meant to establish a farmer-based seed multiplication and delivery system for improved varieties of cassava, beans, groundnuts and rice funded by the Government of Uganda and Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA).
I have also worked at Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) as a Research Assistant for weed science before enrolling for my PhD in Agronomy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. My PhD programme is funded under the ESA regional scholarship of IRRI. My study focuses on understanding and improving nutrient status in the rain-fed lowland rice system of Uganda.
I had initially worked as an agronomist in weed science and seed systems but I lacked knowledge and skills in soil fertility. The scholarship has equipped me to enroll for a PhD programme where I have specialized in soil fertility. This has also allowed me to learn many new concepts in soil fertility assessments for rice, research methodologies, data analysis and writing. The scholarship will not only enable me to graduate with a PhD in Agronomy soon, it will also make me an accomplished agronomist.