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SEED QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER OF KIZIBA SEEDBANK DECLARED THE “BEST FARMER IN SOUTHWESTERN UGANDA”

March 14th, 2017

Joy MugishaIMG-20170218-WA0000 brought us joy and pride when she  became a winner. She was declared the “BEST FARMER IN SOUTHWESTERN UGANDA” and fourth best farmer in the 2016 Best Farmers Nationwide competition; which drew contestants from all over the country. She was named the ‘COMMON BEAN ENCYCLOPEDIA’ by the Assessment Team, which shows how much knowledge about common bean diversity and the capacity to manage it ; that she has been enriched with through running this seedbank. Joy could not hide her joy and thanked  the Plant Genetic Resources Center of NARO and Bioversity International  for having built her capacity in crop diversity use and management that has led her to becoming a star. She was especially grateful to Dr. John W. Mulumba of the Plant Genetic Resources Center of NARO, Dr. Devra I. Jarvis and Rose Nankya of Bioversity International as well as the entire team, for the great job they did that has greatly contributed to her achievement. “At long last, our capacity building efforts have started generating impact” remarked Dr. John W.Mulumba,  the Head of the Plant Genetic Resources Center of NARO, who is directing the capacity building projects and efforts in ensuring that farmers access diversity for improving productivity, resilience  and  livelihoods in Uganda. Dr. Devra I. Jarvis , a Principal Scientist in Bioversity International and  Global Director of these projects, received the news with gladness; as she is at the forefront of spearheading this program  in Bioversity and mobilizing  partners  to support and participate in the program globally. She immediately sent congratulations to Joy.

Joy Mugisha (in yellow shirt) shows His Excellency the President of Uganda, the diversity of Common bean that she grows on her farm; that contributed to her becoming the best farmer in South Western region of Uganda. This was during a fair on the 10th March 2017.

Joy Mugisha (in yellow shirt) shows His Excellency the President of Uganda, the diversity of Common bean that she grows on her farm; that contributed to her becoming the best farmer in South Western region of Uganda. This was during a fair on the 10th March 2017.

Joy does not stop at managing the common bean diversity in the eedbank but she grows it at her home, explains its importance and inspires other farmers to have this diversity. This was one of the factors that contributed to her becoming a winner as per the attached articles from the Sunday Vision of 19th February 2017. She is among the 13 farmers who were declared ‘ Best farmers of the year 2016’ out of the 710 farmers that participated competition. She has won an all-expenses paid study trip to the Netherlands, courtesy of KLM Airlines, DFCU bank, the Netherlands Embassy and the Vision Group; who organized the competition.  If other farmers can emulate the example of Joy, then the job of spreading the gospel of using genetic diversity to enhance productivity and resilience, will done with the impacts on the ground doing the job.

Rose Nankya, a Program Specialist in Genetic Diversity, Productivity and Resilience Program; who interacts with Joy and other farmers all the time on the ground; was overwhelmed by the achievement and spread the news like a wild fire. ‘This is not an achievement for Joy but for the effective partnership between NARO, Bioversity and the Partners who have put money into the program” she said.  We are very grateful to UNEP/ GEF; IFAD, SDC, Government of Uganda, the National Agriculture Research Organization of Uganda and other partners for supporting and participating in this program in Uganda and globally. THUMBS UP FOR JOY MUGISHA AND HER HUSBAND FOR DOING US PROUD.20170219_104838