Wednesday, 18 January 2012

“…Political issues are skillfully broadcasted to ensure they do not interfere with development oriented broadcasting.” Ahurikundira Africano

Mr. Ahurikundira Africano
Manager Kyenjojo FM
Kyenjojo District

We give our staff enough facilitation to ensure their commitment on better Rural FM broadcasting for Development.

Kyenjojo FM already has four farmers’ radio programs where experts are called to sensitize farmers on better market access, use of improved seed, weather changes. Farmers are also encouraged to participate and share information for better productivity and market access.

Our radio station also helps to fight unemployment’s especially among the youth, so we do on job training for senior four and senior six leavers and we employ them during their vacation.

A radio staff journalist’s forum for Rwenzori Region is important because the unity helps advocate for better journalists rights which leads to better reporting.

On Kyenjojo FM, Political issues are skillfully broadcasted to ensure they do not interfere with development oriented broadcasting.

To ensure better broadcasting for Entrepreneurship Development, the civil society should partner with rural FM radio stations to support broadcasting of community development radio programs.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Planning, Accounts and Finance Department Report for 2010/2011

During the year, the organisation has so much depended on foreign donors to fund most of its activities which is not a healthy situation for the organisation’s continued finacial sustainability.

Attempts have so far been made to ensure self sustainability of the organisation through the establishment of a commercial arm of the organisation called Business Incubation Initiative focussing on Entreprenuership Promotion especially among the rural youth and women.

Head of Department - Twinomuhangi Grace
The commercial arm which will fully start operating by 2012 will among other things do consultancy work and research for both private and public sectors at a fee and the profits realised will be ploughed back to community development projects.

Fudraising activities are also being strenthened especially through networking, staff trainings in fundraising and ICT skills.

Time has also been allocated to conduct a thorough strategic plan for ToroDev for five (5) years from 2011-2017 and financial sustainability of the organisation will be high on the agenda.

Before, I conclude, I extend my appreciation to Stem Van Afrika for the finacial support throughout the year to enable ToroDev smoothly implement the “Rural FM Radio Broadcasting for Entreprenuership Development in Rwenzori Region” project.

Friday, 13 January 2012

ToroDev Executive Director to speak at the African Gathering conference

Toro Development Network (ToroDev) Executive Director, Johnstone Baguma will be a key note speaker at the African Gathering Conference to be held in Kampala, Uganda on Monday, January 30th 2012 under the theme: People and Technology in Uganda: The Future is Bright! 

Mr. Johnstone Baguma
Mr. Baguma who won the Africa Rural Connect 2010 has managed a number of development projects in ICT for Development in Uganda. He is currently serving as the Project Leader, “Promoting Strategic Community Radio Broadcasting for Innovation & Entrepreneurship/Business Skills Development in the Rwenzori Region, Western Uganda.”

He was announced the grand prize winner of the African Rural Connect 2010 – an award organized by the National Peace Corps Association – USA. His winning idea focuses on promoting rural agribusiness enterprises development in the Rwenzori region, Western Uganda.

Mr. Baguma was also named among the Top Five Young Social Entrepreneurs by the Young Achievers Awards 2010, an annually ceremony held to reward exceptional Innovation and Excellence in Uganda.

About Africa Gathering

Africa Gathering brings together thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators and many others to talk about positive change in sustainable development, technology, social networking, health, education and good governance in Africa.

The African Gathering
Africa Gathering 2012 begins in Kampala, Uganda, where we will bring together Ugandans who are embracing technology to put their country on the map.

If you have attended previous Africa Gathering events, you will know that we assemble a diverse community of people who care about Africa and want to share ideas for positive change in the areas such as sustainable development, new technology, social entrepreneurship, health, education and good governance.

Our one-day-only Ugandan event aims to develop relationships and highlight grassroots progress, emerging technologies, and solutions that are relevant to Africa. We hope to encourage the active involvement of Africa-focused businesses, investors and strategists, whilst also offering a new perspective. We also seek to re-frame the debate around technology in Uganda, looking at how people are currently taking the lead in this sphere of African life, and the obstacles that still lie ahead.

The programme will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout groups. A highlight will be a brainstorming session, followed by an interactive afternoon with amazing guest speakers.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Agricultural Research Papers for sustainable agricultural production among Youth and Women Farmers in Rwenzori Region

Follow the link to read the papers below. Such research information can do a great job in helping youth and women farmers in sustainable agricultural production. FM radio journalists in Rwenzori Region should help disseminate the information since their media is the most widely accessed in the Region.

Below are the research papers;

1. Improving dairy cattle productivity in smallholder farms in Uganda : Incorporating leguminous forages in farming systems.
  • Kabirizi, J .; Mpairwe, D and Mutetikka D.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 1-12 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
2. Association between accumulation of total cyanogens and progression of cassava mosaic disease in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz).
  • S. Tumwesigye, Y. Baguma, W. Kyamuhangire and G. Mpango.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 13-21 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
3. Quantification of the value of improved wheat production options in South-western Uganda.
  • W. W. Wagoire.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 22-28 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
4. Physical and mechanical properties of some less utilised tropical timber tree species growing in Uganda.
  • A. Zziwa, J. R. S. Kaboggoza, J.A. Mwakali, A. Y. Banana, and R.K. Kyeyune.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 29-37 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
5. Production of composite bricks from sawdust using Portland cement as a binder.
  • A.Zziwa, S. Kizito, A. Y. Banana, J. R. S. Kaboggoza, R. K. Kambugu and O. E. Sseremba.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 38-44 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
6. Financial efficiency of improved fallow agroforestry technology for bean production in Kakooge Sub-county, Nakasongola District, Uganda.
  • B. Mukadasi,  M. Bukenya, and M. Nabalegwa.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 45-56 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]
7. Non-traditional tree species used in the furniture industry in Masaka District, Central Uganda.
  • A.Zziwa, M. Bukenya, O. E. Sseremba and R.K. Kyeyune.
  • Ug. J. Agric. Sci. 2006 12: 13-21 [Abstract] [Full Text] [PDf]