Robert Amayo

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Ph.D. student, Agriculture (Plant Pathology) Makerere University
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Amayo is currently a Lecturer, Researcher and a Facilitator at the faculty of Agriculture and Animal science, Busitema University. He was a Research Officer/ Plant Pathology with the Dryland Legume Research Program at National Semi-arid Agricultural Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) in Serere, one of the Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs) of National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Uganda. He holds Master's and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Makerere University and currently pursuing a Ph.D. program in Agriculture (Plant Pathology). He has obtained several postgraduate pieces of training including training in project planning and management, project management for impact, among others. For over ten years he has actively participated in agricultural research and development, made presentations in different conferences, workshops, meetings, and published a couple of articles. Mr. Amayo’s career goal is to become one of the recognized research leaders and consultants in agricultural research and development. Specifically, he is interested in developing technologies and building the capacity of stakeholders (students, farmers, researchers, etc) to enhance agricultural productivity and mitigate biotic and abiotic constraints that limit crop production.

Research Projects
  • CCRP-Mcknight project: Co-creating knowledge to enhance food security and ecosystem resilience among  smallholder farmers in the drylands of Eastern Uganda. Worth USD 300,000, 2022 - 2024 (PR - Pathologist) 
  • Aflatoxin AU project (Diversity of Aspergillus species and aflatoxin contamination along maize and  groundnut value chain in Eastern and Southern Africa). Worth USD 1.2 million, 2019-2021. (Researcher/  Plant Pathologist).  
  •  NARO Competitive Grant Scheme project: Rhizobia Inoculation and Extrusion Technology for enhanced  pigeonpea production and utilization in Uganda (REPUP), 2019 - 2022 fiscal years, worth USD 125,000.  (was the PI) 
  • CCRP-Mcknight Project: Enhancing food and nutritional security using sorghum-legume interventions for  improved livelihood among smallholder farmers in Uganda. Worth USD 250,000, 2017 – 2020. (PR - Pathologist) 
  •  RUFORUM CARP project: Designing and Implementing a University-based extension and technology  dissemination program for grain legumes and dryland cereals innovations in Eastern Uganda.  Collaborative Pilot project headed by Uganda Christian University, (CO PI).
  •  World Bank ATAAS (Cowpea scab) project: Development of Integrated Disease Management Options for  Cowpea scab in Cowpeas (2012 to 2017), worth USD 152,000 (variable). (PI); 
  • World Bank ATAAS project - Greengram: Improving green gram productivity through development of early  maturing and drought tolerant varieties for the Semi-Arid regions of Uganda (2012 to 2017), worth USD  157,000 (variable). (PR - Pathologist); 
  • Cluster Granary Project: Strengthening Seed Delivery System for Dryland Cereals and Legumes in  Drought-prone Areas of Uganda (2016 to 2018), worth USD 299,655. Inter-program collaborative project hosted by Dryland Cereals Program. (PR - Pathologist); 
  •  ARF project: Enhancing Rice-Greengram productivity in Northern Uganda (2017 to 2019), worth Euros  227,500. Collaborative project host by Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and other partners are  NARO (NaSARRI and NaCRRI), Makerere University (CAES and CoCIS) and SNV. (CO-PI) 
  • CCRP McKnight Project: Improving Food and Livelihood Security in East Africa Using Multiple Stress  Tolerant Sorghum Cultivars (2015 -2018), worth USD 475,000. Collaborative project between NaSARRI,  Uganda; Rongo University College (Host) and KARLO, Kenya. (PR - Pathologist);  
  •  IFS collaborative project: Forage potential of five (5) Neglected and underutilize plant species in West and  East Africa (2015 to 2016), worth USD 75,000. Collaborative project involving University of Ghana, Ghana;  University of JOS, Nigeria; and AbiZARDI and NaSARRI, Uganda. (Co-PI);  
  •  RUFORUM GCG 2014 Project: Increasing production and marketability of improved cowpea varieties in  semi-arid regions of northwestern Uganda (2014 to 2016), worth USD 65,000. Collaborative project hosted  by Makerere University, (Co-PI);  
  •  Brazil Market Place/Embrapa project: Inoculation of efficient Rhizobia strains as an approach to increase  pigeon pea production of smallholder farmers in Uganda, worth USD 60,000. Collaborative project hosted  at NaCRRI involving NaSARRI and Embrapa Semiarido, Petrolina, Brazil. (PR - Pathologist); 
  •  KAFACI-Uganda Project: Enhancing household food and income security through promotion of improved  cowpea – sorghum technologies (2013 to 2016), worth USD 119,790 (PR - Pathologist);  AGRA Cowpea Project Phase II: Improving livelihoods of small-scale farmers through enhanced adoption  of new improve cowpea varieties and seed systems in northern and eastern Uganda (2013 to 2016), worth  USD 180,000. (PR - Pathologist);  
  •  HortCRSP Cowpea Project: Adoption of Cowpea as an horticultural Crop among smallholder farmers  (2013), USD 5000 (PI); 
  •  N2Africa Phase II Project: N2Africa Phase II - Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in  Africa (2013 – 2018), worth unknown. Collaborative research project. (PR);  
  •  Agrifood System Project: Enhancing adoption of technological innovations for orphan crops among rural  poor farmers (2012 to 2015). (PR - Pathologist);  
  •  Japan Rice Breeding Project: Developing the New Generation of New Rice Varieties for Sub-Saharan  Africa and Southeast Asia (2015 to 2019) (PhD Candidate/ PR); Studying the diversity of rice blast isolates  and identifying sources of isolate-specific resistance. 

The following are some of the selected project proposals developed and submitted for funding since 2014. They  are arranged in the order from the latest to those submitted in 2014 and comprise those that are pending for final  verdict and the ones that were unsuccessful; 

  •  Rhizobium bio-fertilizer application and extrusion technology for increased production and utilization of  pigeonpea in Uganda (2018), worth USD 125,000. Three year collaborative project involving Makerere  University, NARL-NARO, NaSARRI-NARO and Peak Value Industries. Re-submitted to NARO Competitive  Grant Scheme (Accepted for funding). (PI) 
  •  Diversity in African Indigenous vegetables: Impacting livelihoods and driving crop improvement (2017),  worth 1.57 million UK pounds. Collaborative project proposal submitted to BBSRC-SASSA call. NaSARRI Budget for this call is UK pounds 138,000. 
  •  Unlocking the research potential of NaSARRI and Rwebitaba ZARDI through Infrastructural development  (2017), worth 9 billion Uganda shillings. Joint proposal submitted to Government of Uganda for  infrastructural development. (Participating Researcher). 
  •  Rhizobium bio-fertilizer application and extrusion technology for increased production and utilization of  pigeonpea in Uganda (2017), worth USD 150,000. One year collaborative project involving Makerere  University, NARL-NARO, NaSARRI-NARO and Peak Value Industries. Submitted to Uganda National  Council of Science and Technology (waiting for final decision). (Lead Researcher)
  •  Retooling the youth in northern Uganda for business in Agriculture (2017), worth USD 45,000.  Collaborative project involving WOUGNET (host), NaSARRI-NARO and YPARD-Uganda. Submitted to  CTA (waiting for final decision). (Co-PI) 
  •  Dryland legume - sorghum cropping for sustainable soil fertility management and improved productivity in  semi-arid regions of Sub-Saharan Africa (2017), worth USD 452,000. Project Proposal submitted to  McKnight Foundation. (Awaiting final decision). (PR). 
  • Optimizing rice-early maturing legume cropping on smallholder farmers in Semi-arid regions of Uganda,  Ghana and Zimbabwe (ORICE) (2016), worth USD 1.198M. Collaborative project involving NaSARRI NARO, Makerere University, University of Zimbabwe, WOUGNET and RUFORUM. Submitted to AU call  2016 (not successful). (Co-PI) 
  •  Mitigating the Effects of Drought and Parasitic Weeds in Maize, Cowpea and Common bean Cropping  Systems (2016), worth USD 900,000. Collaborative project involving University of Cape Coast, Ghana;  NaSARRI-NARO, Uganda; and University of Lesotho, Lesotho. Submitted to AU call 2016 (unsuccessful). (PR) 
  •  Scaling-up the use of high-yielding and drought-tolerant groundnut varieties in Western and Central  Uganda (2015), worth CAD 1.38M. Collaborative project proposal involving Makerere University,  NaSARRI-NARO, WOUGNET, RUFORUM, Mihaki farmer ltd and Canadian institute. Submitted to IDRC  call 2014. (Unsuccessful). (PR) 
  •  Enhancing capacity of rural women and youth farmers to produce and market quality soya bean and cow  pea through Innovative ICTs in Northern Uganda (2015). Collaborative project proposal involving  WOUGNET, Makerere University, NaSARRI-NARO and NgettaZARDI. Submitted to NARO CGS call  (Unsuccessful). (Co-PI); 
  •  Integrating Geospatial Technology in Management of Major Pests of Dryland legumes and cereals in  Semi-Arid regions of Uganda (2014). Collaborative project proposal involving Makerere University, MAAIF,  CABI through PlantWise, NgettaZARDI and NaSARRI. Submitted to African Academy of Sciences (AAS)  and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) through CIRCLE call. (Unsuccessful). (Co-PI). 
  •  Innovative approach to management of major cowpea virus disease in smallholder farmer’s fields in  Tanzania and Uganda (2014), worth USD 486,000. Collaborative project pre-proposal involving NaSARRI NARO, Mikochen Agricultural Research Institute, Tanzania; Ohio state university, US and University of  Queensland, Australia. Submitted to PEARL call (Unsuccessful). (PR); 
  •  Managing nutrients biogeocycles in sorghum-legume system to improve ecological and economic benefits  in semi-arid regions of East Africa (2014). Collaborative project pre-proposal involving NaSARRI-NARO,  Texas A&M Agrilife Research Centre, US; University of Nottingham’s Crops for the Future Research  Centre, Malaysia and Chuka University, Kenya. Submitted to PEARL call (Unsuccessful). (Co-PI); 
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Courses Taught
Basic Science
Principles and Practices of Agriculture
Agricultural Principles and Practices
Harvesting and Postharvest Management
Invasive Alien Species and Weeds
Agricultural Botany and Plant Physiology
Agronomy and Ecology
Introduction to Mycology
Field Crop Diseases
Plant Pathology
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Plant Virology and Bacteriology
Plant Biotechnology
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Academic Staff