The University of Wyoming (UW) has initiated a partnership with MHAC and five other organizations in East Africa to implement a research project entitled Development and Transfer of Conservation Agriculture Production Systems for Small-Holder Farms in Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya.
With overall leadership at MHAC by Dr. Emmanuel Omondi, himself a PhD and MSc graduate of UW, the project is being coordinated at MHAC by Mr. Dennis Ashilenje (MSc., Moi University).
Multifunction tool developed by James Norton (center), retired engineer, to be used for minimum tillage research operations
Funded by the USAID Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP), this multidisciplinary $1,385,000 project is being overseen by Prof. Jay Norton of the UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, but implemented in East Africa in partnership with MHAC, SACRED Africa (an NGO in Kenya), Appropriate Technology (an NGO in Uganda), Moi University in Kenya and Makerere University in Uganda.Two PhD and five MS students from East Africa are supported by funds from this project.
The overall goal of the project is to build the capacity of host-country agricultural professionals to facilitate long-term food security improvement. This has been motivated by the recognition that population pressure, agricultural intensification, market distortions that limit access to inputs, an unevenly supportive policy, climate, and unproductive soils create a degradation spiral that contributes to food insecurity in eastern Uganda and western Kenya.
Trace-gas sampling at Bungoma SACRED Africa on-site plots
MHAC is also undertaking various scientific
research initiatives including double digging as a proxy forsub-soiling under conservation farming, variety trials of open pollinated heirloom maize varieties, organic fertilizer trials, and various other research initiatives in sustainable agriculture. With the increased skill capacity at MHAC to include a PhD and MSc staff persons, the Centre will endeavor to carry out scientific research in various aspects of GROW BIOINTENSIVE, collect and manage data appropriately, and document results in recognized journals and other literature outlets.