Inauguration of the Alliance offices with NARO, and launch of CGIAR Research Portfolio in Uganda

On 22nd March 2023, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT-Uganda will be officially inaugurating its offices for the Uganda office.  The Alliance Africa region is headquartered in Nairobi Kenya and its second biggest office and operations are based in Kampala, Uganda.  The office in Uganda is  hosted by the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) with site offices at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) at Kawanda Kampala. 

The main goal of this event is to celebrate our partnership with various national key institutions, as well as to showcase the work we do and how it aligns with the country's priorities. The partners who have been significant in shaping and ensuring success of the office in Uganda. The research is carried out by close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.  The Alliance has been working in close collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) through NARO in advancing agricultural research to enhance agricultural production and marketing and improve food security.

During the event, the efforts of CGIAR in Uganda will also be presented, with a focus on the Initiatives carrying work in the country, in order to foster collaboration between Uganan agricultural organizations.


PART I - CGIAR Research and Innovation Portfolio Launch
Time Session Details Facilitator
9:00 Registration and a walk through the exhibition areas by the participants Moderator
11:00-11:30 Tea Break
11:30 National Anthem Moderator
11:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks Yona Baguma, NARO -DDG Research
11:45 Introducing the CGIAR Research and Innovation Portfolio in Uganda Beatrice Ekesa, Uganda CGIAR Convener and Alliance Uganda Representative
11:55 Guided tour of the exhibition booth and other key facilities Beatrice Ekesa, Uganda CGIAR Convener and Alliance Uganda Representative 
12:25 The journey to CGIAR’s new research strategy and the connection to five areas of impact Namukolo Covic, CGIAR Regional Director East and Southern Africa
12:35 Remarks (CGIAR) Juan Lucas Restrepo, CGIAR Partnerships & Advocacy Global director, Alliance Director General
12:45 Remarks (NARO) Ambrose Agona, NARO -Director General
12:55 Launch of CGIAR Research Portfolio in Uganda and Inauguration of the Alliance of Bioversity of International and CIAT New office in Kawanda Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
13:20-14:20 Lunch
PART II – Defining a way forward with partners
Time Session details Facilitator
14:20 Expert Panel Reflection and Opinion: Entry points for partners to make the R&I work relevant and ensure scaling Moderator
  Research partner: Dr. Wilberforce Tushemereirwe  
  Academic Partner: Prof. Kaaya  
  Government entities: NPA-Pamela Mbabazi or OPM  
  Policy Influencer: Hon. Antony Akol Chair-Parliamentary Forum On Food Security  
  UN Agencies: FAO-Dr. Antonio Querido  
  Private sector: TBD  
  Development Panel Group Chair  
  Farmers' Federation  
15:00 Key messages from the panel discussion Asea Godfrey, NARO's CGIAR Focal Point
15:15 Wrap-up & Closing remarks TBD
15:30 Evening tea and networking Moderator