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Professor Noble Ephraim Banadda grew up dreaming of becoming a medical doctor like some of the close relatives he grew up admiring. Born in May 1975, his early childhood was spent around doctors of the Mulago National Referral hospital in Kampala (Uganda). He vividly remembers afternoons spent in the doctors’ cafeteria surrounded by doctors in pristine white lab coats, discussing difficult cases of the day around a white table while taking tea… Read More


Potato (Solanum tuberosum) is one of the main crops grown in Uganda. Most of the production (87%) takes place in the highland areas of South-western region where the crop has become prominently important as a source of food and income for the smallholder farmers. However, the reality that many of us are unaware of is that not all the tubers farmers currently harvest are of any economic value. In some farms, up… Read More


Professor Noble Banadda, Chair of the Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering at Makerere University in Uganda and a former RUFORUM Principal Investigator has been awarded the Pius XI Medal for the year 2018.  The award, given by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences based at the Vatican, is in recognition of his outstanding scientific research. He was selected by unanimous decision of the Academy Council from among many candidates proposed. The Pius… Read More