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Evelyn Komutunga

Dr. Everline Komutunga is Senior Research Officer (Agro-meteorologist) and currently the Head of Soil Environment and Agrometeorolgy program at NARL. She has a PhD in Meteorology from University of Nairobi, an MSc in Agronomy from the University of Nottingham UK and a BSc in Geography from Makerere University. She previously worked as a Coordinator of rain-fed farming systems in the Districts of Mbarara,Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ntungamo,Ssembabule, Rakai and Ibanda. She has coordinated a number of national and regional collaborative research projects on Agro-meteorology where she has served as Principal Investigator. The projects include: USAID, GIZ, Rockefeller Supported projects, Africa Centre for Technical studies supported project, F.AO, IMATAC World Vision. Etc. She has carried out a number of consultancies for various firms like RUFORUM, ARCC, NARO strategy Frame work Climate Change Champions etc and she has published widely.

Research Unit: Soils, Agrometeorology & Environmental Program
Designation: Senior Research Officer
Qualification: PhD
Publications:

Omondi, Philip Aming'O., et al. "Changes in temperature and precipitation extremes over the Greater Horn of Africa region from 1961 to 2010." International Journal of Climatology 34.4 (2014): 1262-1277.

Mubiru, D. N., Komutunga, E., Agona, A., Apok, A., & Ngara, T. (2012). Characterising agrometeorological climate risks and uncertainties: Crop production in Uganda. South African Journal of Science, 108(3-4), 108-118.

Research Interest:
  • Climate Change
  • Soil fertility
  • Biodiverity
  • Carbon Sequestration
Telephone: +256-414-567649
Working with Instiute since:: 2010-01-04 18:28:42

About the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL)

  • Welcome message from the Director
  • Research Programmes:
  • Core Values of NARL

Background:

Formerly a rubber estate, the institute was acquired in 1934 from K. Borup, a Danish farmer. It became the headquarters of research division of the Department of Agriculture in 1937 with a mandate to conduct research on coffee, tea, cotton and native food crops. The 630 hectare station located13km north of Kampala became the hub for scientific investigations for African agriculture to make it more productive and economically viable.

The institute has undergone several transformations both in naming and core research mandates and activities over the years. Currently, it is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs established by the NAR Act 2005) under the dispensation of the National Agricultural Research organization.

Our Mandate

Conducting research and providing services on soils, agro-meteorology and Environment; bananas; biosystems and agricultural engineering; food science and agribusiness; and biodiversity and biotechnology

Our Goal:  Agricultural productivity and household incomes increased through use of improved technologies and practices

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  Research Programmes:

Implementation of activities is organized in five research programmes and an information and documentation unit supported by an administration unit:

  • Soils, Agro-meteorology and Environment Research Programme,
  • Banana Research Programme,
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Research Programme,
  • Food Biosciences and Agribusiness Research Programme,
  • Biodiversity and Biotechnology Programmes.

Hosted institutions:

  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  •   International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  •   Korean Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA)
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Core Values of NARL:

  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Market responsiveness
  • Client oriented
  • Demand driven
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Gender sensitivity
  • Transparency
  • Environment consciousness

Institute expected outputs

NARL’s activities are premised on the following outputs:

  • Tools, recommendations and technologies for improved soil and water management, sustainable land use and resilience to climate change
  • Improved banana varieties and other technologies for enhancing banana productivity and utilization
  • Technologies and practices that enhance conservation and utilization of genetic resources
  • Processes, systems and products that enhance market value of agricultural commodities
  • Biosystems and agricultural engineering products that improve agricultural production efficiency
  • Impact at specified sites created through multi-stakeholder innovation platforms
  • Information systems that support agricultural research and development
  • World class infrastructure and management systems that strengthen generation and promotion of outputs
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Vision

To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies

Mission

To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security

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