Tuesday March 18 2014

Ugandan named agric role model


By Michael J Ssali

Joseph Nkandu (pictured), the executive director of National Union of Coffee Agro-businesses and Farm Enterprises Limited (Nucafe), has been nominated as an African Agricultural Role Model following an international call for nominations by Modernising African Food Systems (MAFS) Consortium.
Comprised of Michigan State, Makerere, and Pretoria universities and the International Fund for Agriculture, MAFS identifies professional role models in African agriculture and food system development.

“Our goal is to identify a broad selection of highly effective agricultural and agribusiness professionals in order to understand what has enabled these top performers to improve agricultural and food systems in Africa,” read a letter signed by Richard Mkandawire, chairman, MAFS
Advisory Board.
“We are equally anxious to obtain feedback from you as to how African agricultural universities, vocational, secondary and even primary schools can better prepare students for successful careers in agriculture, including agribusiness.”

Nkandu’s nomination is recognition for his work with Makerere University to transform curricula, and with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda through his coffee farmer ownership model.

He is also a coffee farmer who advocates quality coffee production among fellow farmers in the whole of Bunjakko region along Lake Victoria in Mpigi District.