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.
- 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);
- Elizabeth B Kizito, T Kyebalyenda, MJ Nakanwagi, G Sseremba, R Buteme, PN Kabod, R Amayo, JR Runyararo, A Egeru, T Falk. (2022). Farmers’ selection cues in cowpea for vegetable use in eastern Uganda. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development.
- Symphorien Awande, Kossi Kini, Kassankogno Abalo Itolou, Harinjaka Raveloson, Robert Amayo, Alain Kalisa, Aderonke Oludare, Kossi Kpemoua, Jimmy Lamo, Ibrahima Ouedraogo, Mathilde Sester, Louis Marie Raboin, and Drissa Silue. (2020). Resistance genes and gene pyramids controlling rice blast pathogen populations in eight African countries.
- R. Amayo, Teddy Oparok, Jimmy Lamo, Silue Drissa, Richard Edema & Geoffrey Tusiime, (2020). Rice Blast Prevalence in Smallholder Rice Farmlands in Uganda. Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 12, No. 10; 2020.
- SM Nyamaizi, JB Tumuhairwe, R Amayo, CL Tumuhe, E Tereka, DL Nabirye, BB Obaa, (2020) Phosphorus fertilizer rating and rhizobia inoculation for improved productivity of cowpea in Northern Uganda. American Journal of Plant Sciences Vol.11 No.09(2020), Article ID:103238,15 pages.
- B. Sadina, A. Amoding, R. Amayo & M. Biruma, (2019) Integrating Soybean Residues With Nitrogen Fertilizer for Improved Maize Production in Eastern Uganda. Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 11, No. 8; 2019.
- Amayo, R., Acheng W, T., Lamo, J, Drissa, S., Edema R., Biruma M. & Tusiime, G. (2018). Rice blast prevalence and morphological groups of pathogen isolates from smallholder rice farmlands in Uganda. Paper presented in NARO-MAk Biennial Conference held November 2018 at Common Wealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo, Uganda.
- Amayo, R., Ongom, R., Omada, JR., Sadina, B., Mbeyagala, E., Obuo JP. Ramakrishnan, MN. Odong, T. & Akello, B. (2018). Adaptation of AVRDC-bred cowpea genotypes as vegetable crop, “snap bean”, for low income farmers in Uganda. Paper presented in NARO-MAk Biennial Conference held November 2018 at Common Wealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo, Uganda.
- Amayo, R., Lamo, J, Biruma M. & Tusiime, G. (Submitted). Elucidating Rice Production and Rice blast disease in Uganda: a prospective journey. A review article submitted to Journal of Agricultural Science (JAS).
- Amayo R., Damulira G, Muwonge, A, Sulume, JK, Lwanga, CK., Akello B. and Fernandes, IP., (2016). Efficacy of different Rhizobia strains in enhancing grain yield in pigeonpeas. Paper presented in NARO MAk Biennial Conference held October 2016 at Common Wealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo, Uganda.
- Afutu E., Agoyi EE., Amayo R., Biruma M and Rubaihayo P. (2016). Morphological Characterization of Ugandan Isolates of Sphaceloma sp. Causing Cowpea Scab Disease. Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 8, No. 9; 2016
- Afutu E., Agoyi EE., Amayo R., Biruma M and Rubaihayo P. (2016). Cowpea scab disease (Sphaceloma sp.) in Uganda. Crop Protection.
- Mbeyagala, E.K., Amayo, R. and Obuo, J.E.P. (2016) “Adaptation of introduced mungbean genotypes in Uganda”. Africa Crop Science Journal. Vol 24, No.2 Pg 155 – 166.
- Mbeyagala, E.K., Amayo, R. and Obuo, J.E.P. (2015) “Selection for high yield stability among early maturing greengrams genotypes”. Journal of Agricultural Science. Vol 7, No. 9. Pp 154-159. 14. Omadi JR., Amayo R., Akello B., Emokol W., Odongkara K., Bwambale M., Nasuna A., Biso G. and Mutenyo H., (2013). Agricultural technology adoption for orphan crops among rural poor farmers in Uganda. Published in World Journal of Agricultural Research and Rural Development.
- Amayo R., Omadi JR., Okwang D., Mbeyagala E., Orawu M., and Obuo JP., (2013). Occurrence and distribution of Cowpea Scab disease in Semi-Arid areas of Uganda. World Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences.
- Tugume A. K., Amayo R., Weinheimer I., Mukasa S.B., Rubaihayo P.R., et al., 2013. Genetic Variability and Evolutionary Implications of RNA Silencing Suppressor Genes in RNA1 of Sweet Potato Chlorotic Stunt VirusIsolates Infecting Sweetpotato and Related Wild Species. PLoS ONE 8(11)
- Amayo, R., Arinaitwe, A. B., Mukasa, S. B.*, Tusiime, G., Kyamanywa, S., Rubaihayo, P. R. and Edema, R. 2012. Prevalence of viruses infecting cowpeas in Uganda and their molecular detection. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 11(77), pp. 14132-14139.
- Amayo R., Omadi J.R. Okwang D., Obuo J.P, & Akello B., 2012. Evaluation of advanced Cowpea lines for agronomic traits, yields, and response to cowpea scab caused by Sphaceloma spp. Paper presented at NARO 2012 Scientific Conference, Entebbe.