Wednesday May 28 2014

Namulonge researcher named Naro director

By Peter Wamboga-Mugirya

One of Uganda’s leading researchers, Dr Yona Baguma has been appointed deputy director general at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro).

Baguma was previously a principal research officer at the Namulonge-based National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI).

Naro PRO, Robert Anguzu, confirmed the appointment. “Dr Yona Baguma has joined the management team at Naro as deputy DG in charge of research coordination in acting capacity,”

Following the demise of Dr Emily Twinamatsiko, who was director general, Naro’s governing council selected Dr Ambrose Agona to act in the position, while the process of getting a substantive DG goes on.

Wealth of experience
He was then a deputy director general, and Dr Baguma has now assumed that position.
Dr Baguma has hitherto been in various positions in several institutional, national and international bodies, including NaCRRI’s Biosciences Laboratory Centre, vice chairman, National Biosafety Committee, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Team Leader Regulatory Affairs on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa’s Sub-Saharan

Africa project, and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Uganda Biosciences Information Centre in Namulonge.