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Thursday, March 27, 2014


I hereby submit my internship history as an IT Student. I am a Ugandan aged 26 year, from Kanara Sub County, Kamwenge District. A student of Uganda Pentecostal University Kahungabunyonyi Main Campus offering Bachelor of Information Technology third year, Registration NO_ U/2011/BIT/046/D.
In bid to improve my skill I decided to apply for internship training with the E-Society Resource Center Kamwenge District Local Government. I was welcomed by the head of IT department miss Kiiza Joy on 26th Feb. 2014 and advised me to address the issue to the principal personnel kamwenge district Mr. Musika who recommended me with internship placement letter of the District local Government on 05th march 2014. The internship training has been done on a daily basis from Monday to Friday fully supervised by Madam Kiiza Joy. Through this training I have advanced my skills specifically in networking, database management, Microsoft power point, computer repairing and maintenance skills, projects reports and other related computer programs. I have managed to formulate an internship report with four chapters.
I want to thank the management of e-society resource center for the wonderful services rendered to the students, and the general public. I recommend e-society resource center to extend more branches to different areas to enhance service delivery to student and the community. Generally my internship training ended 27TH March 2014 successful and I wish to be part of you once required.
Thanks Yours;               
 Tel no_0788930536.
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Friday, March 21, 2014


Staff of RIC-NET were treated to a warm Friday as they hosted an officer from the Global Fund for children at their offices on Mugurusi road Fort Portal town on 21st Friday March 2014.
After weeks of online interaction, Mr. Emmanuel Otto program officer at the USA based Global fund for Children finally arrived at RIC-NET to assess her organizational structure as a basis for establishing a formal working partnership between Global Fund for children and RIC-NET in the support for the girl children from the conflict affected areas. The meeting was attended by RIC-NET staff, Board and beneficiaries targeting girls from the Districts of kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo.

While opening the meeting The Executive Director RIC-NET, Mr. Murugahara John Silco welcomed Mr. Otto to the Rwenzori region and noted that RIC-NET has continuously supported girl children with ICT skills  at the Electronic  information centers where   some beneficiaries have set up stationery shops acquired jobs  secretaries, work in   internet cafes among others.
In his interaction, Mr. Emmanuel Otto noted that Global fund for children supports a holistic growth of girl children in conflict and post conflict areas through grass root based organizations as RIC-NET providing them with financial and technical support. He also noted that the partnership is expected to be a long term so that it impacts on the beneficiaries and the implementing organization.


Monday, March 10, 2014


RDC,Deputy and the Ag cao kamwenge at the venue
 Sunday 9th March 10, 2014 was a climax day for the honey week in kamwenge the event took place at kamwenge primary school and was organized by kabecos. The guest of honor for the event  was MR Biryabarema Elijah the newly appointed RDC for Kamwenge  District and various people  like the , clergy, cao media fraternity and the developmental partners who had come to exhibit what they do and how they contribute towards beekeeping.
RDC ,director kabecos touring the exhibition stall(in display) are some of the products made from honey)

The Uganda honey trade project 2010-2014 was implemented by four partner  organisations,bees for development(BFD),apitrade Africa(AA),the Uganda national  apiculture development organization(Tunado) and kamwenge beekeepers cooperative savings and credit society(KABECOS).The three outcome of the project was to  buy and sell more honey ,institutional strengthening of value addition. The goal was to develop market access for rural beekeepers in kamwenge and provide trade fairs opportunity for hives.
busiriba drama actors entertained the exhibitors

The idea of honey week was conceived by the project manager of Bees for Development Mr. Martin Jones so that all actors in the value chain was to  showcase their products and services to the public. The honey week was meant to raise awareness within the women, youth in and outside schools and the entire public about the importance of bee keeping in agriculture and sustainable economic development and Enterprise challenge scheme was initiated to enhance value addition initiatives for women and youth in kamwenge 238 people who were trained were futher challenged to compete amongthemeselves in trading their products.
Under the enterprise challenge scheme 30 of these were commissioned to produce (creams, lotions) show case and demonstrate their products and services to the public
Potential consumers) so that they could earn extra income and improve their livelihoods, successful contestants were given a grant of ugx 100,000 each to continue with their trade for a period of two months.
The theme for the honey week was “bee keeping leverage for income generation and improved sustainable livelihood”
The main objective of the honey week is to raise awareness about the importance of developing worthwhile market access for   the youth and women rural poor so that they can earn a reasonable income from the lucrative and useful beekeeping enterprise
Specifically the honey week was to
wine that is made from honey and banana's
§  Advocate for the apiculture sector growth and worthwhile market access for the rural beekeepers through collective marketing and bulking.
§  Emphasize the importance of best bee keeping practices and to enhance  the quality of honey products and other hive products
§  Provide a platform for women and youth in business to business networking.
§  Show case and receive feedback on kamwenge   honey products and other hive products.
§  Practically demonstrate that beekeeping is viable business and stimulate community members.
At the event there was honey exhibition (displays and testing of different hive products and beekeeping equipment’s.
joy kiiza kamwenge E-centre showing the RDC ,deputy RDC ,mayor and some developmental partners on how we use ICT equipments to to reach information to the community
RIC-NET presentation was made by ms kiiza joy who talked about the various methods they use when availing information to beekeepers like the use of internet at the e-center which provides widest information on beekeeping, the use of KACOICE an information center hosted by KABECOS which provides manual agricultural information . and the use of mobile phone alerts.

some of the partcipants recieving her certificate
Participants where given certificates of attendance, presenters where given certificate of presentation by the guest of honour Mr Biryabarema Elijah  Resident District Commissioner kamwenge. 

  The event ended at 7:00pm with a song from the team from  busiriba drama actors who conveyed the message about the importance of bee keeping and encouraging more people to join the struggle of bee keeping.

more photos for the event 
certificate of participation warded to Rwenzori information centres Network
newly appointed RDC handing over RIC-NET certificate to kiiza joy
east rwenzori band that entertained the guests                    

Friday, March 7, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014 Highlights from IFPRI’s gender research and women’s role in the larger development puzzl

Mar 6, 2014 by Chiara Kovarik

This Saturday marks International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “equality for women is progress for all,” and IFPRI’s gender work is essential to its larger mission of achieving food and nutrition security for all and reducing poverty levels throughout the world.
Ensuring that food-related policies take women into account is a crucial step toward economic progress and agricultural growth in developing countries. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), increasing productivity on female-headed farms by 20 to 30 percent would raise national productivity by 2.5 to 4 percent in developing countries, which, in turn, could end chronic hunger for as many as 100 to 150 million people.
For IFPRI, conducting research through a gender lens means that we consider how men and women in developing countries are involved in all stages of agricultural production, as well as how gender affects specific policies and programs meant to improve livelihoods.
Our work in gender is wide-ranging and far-reaching. The groundbreaking Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI)is now in its second year, helping those who implement food and agriculture projects to monitor how these projects empower and include women. A forthcoming FAO and IFPRI book sets the record straight on long-entrenched misconceptions about women in agriculture and provides supporting materials for the FAO’s influential State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Report.
More recent IFPRI work on gender includes:
  • A discussion paper by Cheryl Doss and colleagues on myths about gendered land ownership in Africa. If you think that only 2 percent of the world’s land is owned by women—a statistic that many organizations use—read this paper and think again!
  • A series of discussion papers and project notes on gender and asset dynamics in Africa and South Asia, which come from the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP). The projects assess a variety of programs, from homestead gardens in Burkina Faso to dairy value chains in Bangladesh and shed light on the nuances present in gender and asset interventions.
  • The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by IFPRI, hosted a gathering of scientists and experts in nutrition, gender, monitoring and evaluation, and agricultural economics in Nairobi this past December. The attendees, representing 10 CGIAR research programs and their partners, established an evidence base for the role of gender in agriculture’s impact on nutrition, and shared tools and methodologies that will help them integrate gender into their research.
This is just a sampling of the ongoing work that IFPRI researchers do to improve the quality and quantity of data related to women, agriculture, and food security—and to get it in the hands of those who make policies and programs that directly affect women in developing countries. When decisionmakers have access to good quality data, they are able to create and implement gender-sensitive policies that really do lead for “progress for all.”