During the inception meetings in the two sites in Uganda, the local communities were appreciative and willing to contribute to and collaborate with the project.
"What was amazing was that when we came for recognizance, we met the community and when we left they went ahead and demarcated the land. And later when they found it was not adequate they went ahead to give us another piece across the road but still within the same area and so we secured the 10 hectares that we need”, Prof. Mpairwe said.
News articles about the inception in Poron, Napak district:
Drylands Transform through Makerere University seeks land to establish livestock café in Napak district.
Drylands Transform granted 10 hectares in Poron, Napak district to set up livestock café.
News articles about the inception in Rupa, Moroto district:
Drylands Transform project launched in Moroto district.
Drylands Transform through Makerere University secures another site for livestock café in Rupa, Moroto district.
“For many years, we have not been able to receive partners with a direct linkage to academia. So, by Makerere University focusing on issues of knowledge transfer in Moroto is something new. But also working in areas which affect our communities most that is, rangelands...is something we want to appreciate.”, said Mr. Eko Edward, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in Moroto district who is also the Principal Assistant Secretary
Mr. Eko called upon the technical team, especially the Production and Natural Resources Department to work closely with the new project to ensure that there is some learning done to change to the new normal.
Such a promising start in Uganda is really motivating for the coming years of collaboration.