Green Amaranth products ready for consumption
Natural Resource Management & Ethnobotany and Health Cluster Workshop, 7th – 12th April 2013, Mukono, Uganda.
RCO Prof. Joseph Obua giving his opening remarks
VicRes Researchers Funded for Innovation to Upscale their Research Projects
VicRes DRCO with VicRes Researchers in Kenya, Working on Compost Manure from Water Hyacinth in Lake Victoria
Water Hyacinth Decomposition for Organic Fertilizers in the LVB, a Research Funded by VicRes
VicRes Research Project on production of Organic Fertilizer from Water Hyacinths
A student from Makerere University measuring medicinal plants' growth
Water Hyacinths Decompostion site at Kisumu Kenya
Water Hyacinths panaromic view from decomposition site at Kisumu, Kenya
A student from Makerere University measuring medicinal plants growth at the field site
Mesuring medicinal plants at Makerere University plant nursery
VicRes awards research grants on a competitive basis open to researchers in universities, research institutions and government agencies in the EAC Partner States. The programme is implemented through a regional coordination office located in IUCEA secretariat in Kampala, Uganda.
Phase 1 covered the years 2003-2005 with a total budget of SEK 17.1 million (approximately USD 3.5 million) while Phase 2 covered the years 2006-2008 with a total budget of SEK 50.4 million (approximately USD 7.5 million).
Phase 1 also included the setting-up of the Secretariat/Regional Coordination Office (RCO), networking with partner institutions, developing regulations for VicRes grant awards and management, and the operationalization of the Scientific and Policy Advisory Committees. The research grant process was initiated with a call for proposals in January 2003 on the thematic area “Wetlands”. In 2004 and 2005, a second thematic area “Land Use” was introduced. By the end of Phase 1 in December 2005, VicRes had 238 researchers involved in 57 research projects.
Phase 2 built on the activities and achievements of Phase 1. The research themes were: Ethnobotany and Health, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Land Use Options, Natural Resources Management, and Pollution and Heavy metals. By December 2008, VicRes had 96 research projects involving over 450 researchers and at least two postgraduate students per project.
Phase 3 started in January 2009 following a successful implementation of Phases 1 and 2. It is expected to build on and consolidate the achievements, lessons learnt and best practices and address the gaps and challenges of Phases 1 and 2. Furthermore, it is aimed at increasing utilization of research results and to upscale the impacts of VicRes research in the Lake Victoria basin and the surrounding areas in the Partner States.
Phase 3 is also being implemented with a view to enhancing the utility of research findings by the stakeholders and later to translate the results into products of commercial or industrial value. As such, Phase 3 places great emphasis on supporting research of high scientific quality and outputs and especially those that enhance local communities’ adaptation to effects of climate change. It is hoped that in the next phase, VicRes will emphasize promotion of innovations and linking the researchers to the business community/private sector as research results of high scientific quality become available for product development.
Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes) C/O IUCEA 3rd Floor, EADB Building, P.O. Box 7110, Kampala, Uganda.
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