Uganda is a country that sits right on the equator. It boasts a diverse landscape that spans from 800 to 5,000 meters above sea level. This topographical richness bequeaths the nation with a tapestry of climates, fertile soils, and abundant water resources.
At the heart of this transformative endeavor is the Uganda Office of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, situated within the NARO Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute. Drawing from a legacy that encompasses the operations of both The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Bioversity International, our partnership in Uganda has been instrumental in shaping the nation's agricultural landscape. For years, CIAT and Bioversity International have been working synergistically in Uganda, contributing to the country's agricultural development. This collaborative endeavor stands as a beacon of innovation, working together not only with the esteemed National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) but also alongside a consortium of partners. These collaborations underscore our commitment to the broader mission of sustainable agricultural advancement. Notably, NARO, which operates under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), serves as a vital anchor in our shared pursuit.
In the East African context, Uganda's profound significance as the "breadbasket of Africa" and the cornerstone of East African sustenance cannot be overstated. This accolade speaks volumes of the nation's inherent agricultural prowess, an identity we strive to nurture and enhance. Our integrated approach resonates with Uganda's rich agricultural heritage, underpinned by the collaborative strength of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.