The National Banana Research Programme (NBRP) is running different projects all with the aim to improve banana productivity within the country and region. Some of the projects are being run in collaboration with other development partners.

Below are the current projects being run by the NBRP.

Banana Agronomy Project:

This project aims at bridging this yield gap by improving banana agronomy practices for small-scale farmers in highland banana cropping systems in East Africa. The conception and implementation of this project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation (BMGF). The specific objects of the project are to reduce the yield gap and extension support gaps so as to boost banana productivity of small scale farmers in Uganda (western & central regions) and Tanzania.

The project is implemented by a consortium of six partners who include: National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), TARI, Bioversity International, Makerere University and CABI.

The overall objective of the project is targeting increasing banana productivity from 10tons/ha/year to 25tons/ha/year reaching 25,000 beneficiaries. The strategies for this focused on decision support tools, intensification, scaling, communication, monitoring and evaluation.

Find details about project HERE:

Feed the Future Project:

The Feed the Future Uganda Agriculture Research Activity is a research and development initiative that seeks to promote use and commercialization of improved crop and livestock technologies with yield and nutrition enhancing characteristics. The Activity directly supports Development Objectives 1 and 3 in USAID/Uganda’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) 2016-2021.

In order to achieve this objective, the activity focuses on the continued improvement of crop genetics, bio-fortification, integrated pest and disease management for eight commodities; root crops (cassava and sweet potatoes), coffee, semi-arid/dryland crops (sorghum, millet and green gram), banana, beans, maize, potato, and livestock (indigenous chicken).

Find details about project HERE:

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