Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Livelihoods and Farm Production
The National Development Plan (2010/11-2014/15) reveals that more than 70% of Uganda’s population depends on farming for their employment, food, income and welfare. Sustaining farm production is not only currently challenged by depleted soils, the impacts of climate change and variability, over population, limited access to market and dependency on rudimentary and traditional methods of farming but also constraints to performance namely; the limited human resource capacity in delivery of extension service from a systems thinking perspective. This failing means that agriculture cannot fulfill its potential to support national growth, poverty reduction and food security.
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Livelihoods and Farm Production (BSc.ALFP) is a four year programme that is offered under the Department of Environment and Livelihoods Support Systems and it offers a unique programme that brings an interdisciplinary approach to agricultural development, integrating perspectives from agricultural sciences and social sciences. The interdisciplinary approach to training offers a holistic insight and ensures that graduates are able to effectively act as change agents in delivering agricultural transformation within the sector. The programme provides an understanding of how to facilitate appropriate innovations in farm production and agribusiness within a pro-poor growth agenda, and how to support equitable mechanisms that allow farmers to access market opportunities and engage in processes of agricultural commercialization.
The following thematic areas are covered to reflect the need for knowledge and skills in optimizing livelihood options, strengthening community support and current extension farming skills for effective farm production systems:
1. Basic principles in livelihood approaches and agricultural sciences
2. Farming systems and entrepreneurship
3. Supporting rural livelihoods transformation
Dr. Ronald Twongyirwe (BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD)
Senior Lecturer; Department of Environment and Livelihoods Support Systems
- PhD, University of Cambridge (England)
- M.Phil. in Environmental Science, University of Cambridge (England)
- M.Sc. in Environment and Natural Resources, Makerere University
- B.Sc. Agric (land use and management), Makerere University
Research interests lie in modelling socio–ecological systems; understanding complex (rural/urban) land use, vegetation and hydrological interactions; biodiversity conservation; emerging (debates on) climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies at both the local and international levels (e.g. REDD+); governance and environmental systems; soil and environmental science and policy.
- Feb 2016–present: Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Livelihoods Support Systems, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
- Aug 2015 – Feb 2016: Forestry Carbon Manager, Uganda Carbon Bureau.
- May 2015 – July 2015: Consultant, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
- Oct 2014 – June 2015: Demonstrator GIS and Statistics, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
- June 2014 – June 2015: Consultant, PhD Tutors, UK.
- Feb 2011 – Oct 2011: Forestry Carbon Specialist, Uganda Carbon Bureau.
- May 2010 – Jan 2011: Consultant, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation.
- June 2009 – May 2010: Research Fellow, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
- Sept 2007 – Dec 2008: Research Assistant, National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCCRI).
Graduate student supervision
Am willing to supervise MSc. and PhD students with similar research interests, but also keen to explore new ideas and areas.
- Urban Ecology
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Soil Science
Twongyirwe, R., Bithell, M., Richards, K.S. and Rees, W.G., 2017. Do livelihood typologies influence local perceptions of forest cover change? Evidence from a tropical forested and non-forested rural landscape in western Uganda. Journal of Rural Studies, v.50, p.12-29. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.
Twongyirwe, R., Bithell M., Richards K. S., Rees W. G. (2015). Three Decades of Forest Cover Change in Uganda’s Northern Albertine Rift Landscape. Journal of Land Use Policy 49: 236-251.
Twongyirwe, R., Sheil, D., Sandbrook, E. L., Sandbrook, C. G. (2015). REDD at crossroads? The opportunities, challenges of REDD for conservation and human welfare in Southwest Uganda. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 14 (3): 273-298.
Twongyirwe, R., Sheil, D., Majaliwa, J.G.M., Ebanyat, P., Tenywa, M.M., Heist, M. Kumar, L. (2013). Variability of Soil Organic Carbon stock under different land uses: A study in an afro-montane landscape. Geoderma 193–194: 282–289.
Twongyirwe, R., Majaliwa, J. G. M., Ebanyat, P., Tenywa, M. M., Sheil, D., Heist, M, Oluka, M. Kumar, L. (2011). Forest cover conversion dynamics in and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South-western Uganda. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management 15 (1): 189-195.
Majaliwa J. G. M, Twongyirwe, R., Nyenje R., et al. (2010). The effect of land cover changes on soil properties around Kibale National Park in South Western Uganda. Applied and Environmental Soil Science Article ID 185689, 7 pages. doi: 10.1155/2010/185689.
Ms. Prudence Kemigisha
Lecturer, Department of Environment & Livelihoods Support SystemsDip.Edu, BA, MAPhD Student (DAAD Scholarship )
Rita Barbara Naggayi Kibirige
Lecturer, Head of Department of Environment and Livelihood Support Systems