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Mateete Bekunda joins IITA to work on Africa RISING

Dr. Mateete Bekunda has joined IITA as a Consultant Systems Agronomist for the USAID funded project on Sustainable Intensification of Key African Farming Systems. His more than 30 years of research and outreach interests have been directed at improving smallholder livelihoods through application of sustainable crop nutrient management initiatives, mainly as professor at Makerere University, and as visiting scientist with TSBF and IAEA.

He voluntarily coordinates the pan- African nitrogen (INI) and nutrient management (GPNM) platforms that target informing and influencing the public at global level.

Bekunda was Dean of Agriculture at Makerere University, is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, and was recognized as World Professor by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, USA. He is a Ugandan, married, and with 5 children

2 thoughts on “Mateete Bekunda joins IITA to work on Africa RISING

  1. I propose that we do something on Promoting sustainable intensification in Central Uganda, through the use of biochar mixed with organic amendments for organic soil fertility enhancement, with subsequent increase sustainable crop yields

  2. Lastly to be more specific, I propose that we do something on Promoting sustainable intensification in Central Uganda through the use of charcoal dust (biochar) mixed with cow dung / chicken manure / pig manure compost for soil fertility enhancement in the smallholder coffee-banana and vanilla-banana farming systems.

    This will ensure food security, income generation, carbon sequesteration and improved smallholder livelihoods.

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