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DR. Robert Kajobe

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Dr Robert Kajobe is the Director of Research of Rwebitaba Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Rwebitaba ZARDI). Rwebitaba ZARDI is one of the Public Agriculture Research Institutes under the regulation of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) of Uganda. NARO is the apex body for guidance and coordination of all agricultural research activities in the national agricultural research system in Uganda. NARO is a Public Institution established by an act of Parliament, which was enacted on 21st November 2005. NARO is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal. NARO comprises of the council as its governing body, committees of the council as its specialised organs, a secretariat for its day-to-day operations with the semi-autonomous public agricultural research institutes under its policy guidance. Rwebitaba ZARDI is mandated to undertake applied and adaptive agricultural research for the Western Highland Agro-ecological Zone. The districts the institute serves include, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko. Rwebitaba ZARDI has two stations. One station is Rwebitaba Tea Research Centre located at Rwebitaba in Kyenjojo District which is 21 Km from Fort Portal town on Fort Portal-Kampala road with sole mandate of undertaking tea research. The second station is located at Kyembogo, off Kijura road in Kabarole district 8 Km from Kabarole town where livestock and other crop research l take place. This station has over 200 hectares of land.

Dr Kajobe was born and raised in a rural countryside in Northwestern Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Forestry of Makerere University which he obtained in 1996. He graduated with an MSc in Tropical Bees and Beekeeping in Tropical Climates from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2000. Dr Kajobe graduated with a PhD in Tropical bees and Pollination from Utrecht University in May 2008. Before being appointed Director of Research in Rwebitaba ZARDI, Dr Kajobe was employed as Head of Apiculture Research Programme at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Tororo. Dr Kajobe has vast teaching experience He was employed as a Part-time Lecturer in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University for 10 years (2001-2010). He was also a visiting lecturer to Gulu University for 5 year (2006-2010).

Dr Kajobe has vast research experience. He is currently engaged in some ongoing research projects in his institute: He is a team member of a project to improve tea production and productivity in Uganda; Team member of a project to improve banana production and productivity among smallholder farmers in Western Highlands Agroecological Zone; Team member of a project to establish a sustainable farmer-based potato seed system in the Western Highland Zone; Team member of a project to improve agroforestry technologies for enhanced livelihoods in Western Highlands Agroecological Zone; Team member of a project to evaluate fodder species for improved livestock productivity in Western Highlands Agroecological Zone; Team member of a project to develop appropriate technologies to increase apiculture production in the Western High land Agroecological zone; Team member of a project to generate farmer information for increased efficiency in agricultural production in western highland agro-ecological zone.

Dr Kajobe was the African partner on a project to develop an appropriate surveillance system for honeybee pests and diseases for improved production of honey and other bee products in Uganda. The project was funded by Rothamsted International Young African Scientist Programme; Principal Investigator of a project to study the productive efficiency of the most common types of honey beehives used in Uganda; Principal Investigator of a project to study foraging relations of afro-tropical stingless bees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), south-western Uganda. The project was funded by the British Ecological Society (BES); Principal Investigator of a project to develop a national beekeeping calendar and honeybee pest and disease control methods to promote planning of appropriate interventions to boost production of honey and other hive products. The project was funded by the Competitive Grant Scheme (CGS) of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO); Principal Investigator of a project to validate improved apiary management technologies for harvesting, extraction, packaging, storage and marketing of honey and other bee products; Principal Investigator of a project to investigates habitat selection, nest architecture and colony characteristics of equatorial afro-tropical stingless bees in Uganda because little is known about stingless bee ecology in the country. The project was funded by the British Ecological Society (BES).

Dr Kajobe was also jointly awarded a two year Research Grant from Zonal Competitive Grant Scheme (CGS) of National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to Development of integrated Management strategies for predators, pests and diseases of the honeybee in the Mid Northern Zone; Research Grant from Rothamsted International Young African Scientist Programme to develop an appropriate surveillance system for honeybee pests and diseases for improved production of honey and other bee products in Uganda; Develop of appropriate surveillance systems for honeybee pests and diseases for improved production of honey and other bee products in Uganda; Research Grant from Competitive Grant Scheme (CGS) of National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to Develop a national Beekeeping calendar to promote planning of appropriate interventions to boost production of honey and other hive products; Project to validate improved apiary management technologies for harvesting, extraction, packaging, storage and marketing of honey and other bee products; Fellowship from The British ecological Society (BES) to conduct Bee research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) and Agro-ecological zones of Uganda. Project to study the productive efficiency of the most common types of honey beehives used in Uganda. Biodiversity grant to visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium. Grant from The British ecological Society (BES) project to study foraging relations of afro-tropical stingless bees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), south-western Uganda; Grant from Norwegian Support to Makerere University on study about inter-specific foraging relations of stingless bees in Budongo forest.

Dr Kajobe is a reviewer to several national and international journals. He is also a reviewer of several proposals for funding. He is an external examiner of MSc and PhD theses of Makerere University. Dr Kajobe is currently a member of NARO Budget Committee and a consultant, to several Agricultural Projects in Uganda. He has also been a resource person in several training workshops like youth and farmer training. In 2010, Dr Kajobe was one of the winners of the Young Professionals and Women in Science Competitions at the FARA General Assembly, Burkina.