GREAT Blog

15 July 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI / Brenda Boonabaana, GREAT Associate Project Coordinator / Peace Musiimenta, GREAT Trainer
  The Makerere training team had a retreat from 17th to 18th June, 2019. Attended by eleven team members, the retreat was held at the idyllic Malakai Eco-lodge in Kitende, Wakiso, Uganda. The purpose of the retreat was to build training capacity and engage in team building. It came at an opportune... more

15 July 2019
By: Elizabeth Asiimwe, GREAT Project Coordinator, Makerere University
New GREAT trainers Over the last three years, the GREAT management at Makerere University has endeavored to build a critical mass of trainers capable of delivering the GREAT course even beyond the project life time in 2020. With this in mind, we are pleased to welcome four brilliant new trainers to... more

12 July 2019
By: François Iradukunda, Bioversity International and GREAT Fellow
  Thanks to the travel sponsorship I got from the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, I was able to attend to the Seeds of Change conference in Canberra, Australia, in April 2019. The conference contributed to a new chapter of the long journey that I started in 2016 as gender-... more

03 July 2019
By: Losira Nasirumbi Sanya, GREAT Fellow & Trainer
  My journey with the Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) Project has been full of surprises and beautiful moments. It all started in 2016, when I joined the GREAT Theme 1 course that brought together biophysical and social scientists focusing on Gender-... more

19 June 2019
By: Samantha Hautea, GREAT Communications Specialist
  A year ago, Esther Chelule wasn’t involved in managing her family’s wheat farm in Kenya – she felt that was “men’s work,” something left to her husband. Now, after participating in farmer trainings to facilitate cooperation between married couples on the farm, the dynamics of their household have... more

13 June 2019
By: Emma Cameron, GREAT Communications Specialist
  The fourth GREAT course is set to begin the last week of July in Kampala, Uganda. This new approach to the course will offer unique learning and research opportunities, and allow GREAT to expand its impact across the globe. Since 2016, Makerere University and Cornell University have worked... more

29 May 2019
By: Yvonne Pinto, Managing Director, Aline Impact, Ltd. / GREAT MLE Partner
  Evaluation methods for projects that aim to build human capacity and change behaviors and attitudes can be complex. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has produced a document that outlines impact assessment, which is only one of the forms such programs may be evaluated. We... more

08 March 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI
  Twenty years ago two women (Margaret Mangheni and Monica Karuhanga) set out to accomplish the ‘impossible’—introduce gender in the agriculture curriculum at Makerere University in Uganda. Universities are some of the most rigid institutions—change therein is often very slow or near to impossible... more

13 January 2019
By: Peace Musiimenta, GREAT Trainer and Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University
  This is a reflection on my experience with Great Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) during a tailored Course for Tropical Legumes Breeding III (TLIII) held on 26th November-1st December, 2018. This exciting training attracted both biophysical and social... more

13 January 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI
  GREAT Co-PI and Prof, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University When ICRISAT asked us to run our 14-day Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding course for scientists involved in its Tropical Legumes III project (TLIII) with only a fraction of the usual budget, I thought it... more