Project Governance

The project will be jointly implemented by Departments of Biological Sciences, Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, the Department of Fisheries Resources (DFR) of the Ministry of Agriculture Animal resources and Fisheries (MAAIF) and will be hosted at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) under the direct supervision of the Institute Director. NaFIRRI will host the project because of its proficient technical and administrative infrastructure at Jinja and Kajjansi. The headquarters at Jinja has office space for administration, scientists, and well furnished laboratories for water quality, fish biology, and fish stock assessment. In addition, there are 2 Aquaria, a Cage culture demonstration site in Napoleon Gulf, Lake Victoria, an Aquatic Biodiversity Museum, Conference Hall and an Information and Data Centre equipped with over 800 journals subscribed to international electronic databases. The institute is a member of the FAO-based Aquatic Science & Fisheries abstracting services that provides literature in hours. The Institute has 2 Research vessels and smaller boats on Lake Victoria for pre-testing of hydro-acoustic equipment. At Kajjansi, there are 30 experimental ponds, hatcheries and laboratories. The principal investigator (PI) will be responsible for the day to day project coordination. Project activities will be jointly implemented by the team members from the partner institutions on a quarterly basis guided by the Quarterly work plans and Budgets. Activity reports will be submitted within five days after completion of the activity while detailed Quarterly and Annual progress reports shall be prepared and submitted one week after end of every quarter and year respectively. The PI shall organise joint biannual meetings to review project progress. In addition, a multi-stakeholders’ sensitization platform will be organised after every project year to engage beneficiary communities in the project findings and the next steps to be taken. In ensuring adherence to accountability guidelines, the NARO wide internal financial controls and guidelines will apply through out project implementation. No new activity shall proceed without submission of satisfactory technical and financial accountability of the previous activity. The project will benefit from existing partnerships with private sector, Source of the Nile (SoN) fish farm for cage culture and UGACHICK for fish feed. The Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI) will provide data on livelihood systems in the respective zones and participate in adoption, promotion, and enhancement of sustainability.