Lydia Muchodo is the Deputy CEO at Agency for Transformation (AfT). She is a development specialist and has worked in the development field throughout her career. At AFT, Lydia deputizes the CEO in administration of AfT affairs and leads team of diverse professionals to develop and execute programs and partnerships of interest to AFT and propels them in a manner that brings results. Lydia’s early career practice was at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) and focused mainly on rural development and in particular, agro enterprises and the related aspects of agricultural policy and programs. In 2005, Lydia become KRC’s Deputy Director and took overall responsibility for program development and management. Ever since, Lydia has been at the helm of many innovative programs and playing lead roles in developing program approach, planning and budgeting in the subsequent organizations she has worked for. Lydia has extensive experience working in gender perspectives in agriculture, health and education including conducting expert training. Lydia received her first degree in Social Sciences with a major in Gender and Development from Makerere University, Kampala in 2003. In 2010, she obtained an Msc. in International Development from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Brian K Katabazi is a research associate and program officer with robust passion for agriculture at Agency for Transformation (AFT).While studying his bachelors of science in actuarial science, he started Uganda youth voice Magazine which operated as a platform for disseminating information to the young generation in Uganda. After finishing his course, Brian continued in the direction of giving out information through magazines. Him with other colleagues started AgencyAgribizz an online magazine that focuses on broadcasting and promoting agriculture in Africa (www.Agency Agribizz.com).Brian is a founding member and a western regional youth coordinator of Uganda national young farmers coalition an alliance composed of young farmers in the country.Apart from his programs’ duties at AFT, he is currently the sales manager of Agency AgriBizz .His professional comforts are programs, research and advocacy.
Mugabe R Sharp
IT & Communication Officer
Mugabe R Sharp is a Software Engineer and graphics designer by profession. At AFT, He works as an IT Systems Administrator. Sharp has also worked with Love Uganda Safaris and Afrosoft IT Solutions as an IT Manager and Software developer respectively. He received his first degree in Software Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala in 2014 . During his free time you will find Sharp either designing a software or watching a movie.
Byagaba Roland Niwagaba
Communications and Research Associate
Byagaba Roland Niwagaba is a Ugandan ICT professional, writer and entrepreneur with over 7 years’ experience in the field. During this time, he’s been part of starting up several businesses in the IT and Media fields with varying degrees of success. Currently, he’s focusing his energies on his two companies; Muwado, a budding social network focused on Africa, where he blogs from, and BadidiTech, an IT company whose goal is making sure its clients have a professional online presence and which he is in the process of turning into a reliable tech blog. Career-wise, he’s helped the different organizations he’s worked with make strides in their IT, communications and marketing departments. With the AfT, he is a communications and research associate, and the managing editor of Agency AgriBizz, an agriculture print and online magazine started by the Agency to disseminate information on good agricultural practices and environmental conservation. Roland is trying to complete his first fiction novel. He is also a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and is the current Vice President of the Kampala Hub.
Bihunirwa Medius is a Research Fellow at Agency for Transportation (AFT). Medius takes lead in farmer institutional arrangements and markets research areas at AFT with the objective of stimulating small producer agency for individual and household transformation. Currently, Medius is based at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) where she heads Farmer Enterprise Development Unit (FEDU). Medius holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental management with a 7 years experience of working with rural small holder farmers and their organisations. Medius’ Areas of expertise are small holder farmers’ institutional development, pro poor value chains, gender in value chains, market linkages and entrepreneurship for the poorest of the poor. At KRC she has facilitated the working relationship between Marketing Associations and Micro finance Associations that has greatly improved the incomes of the supported small holder farmers. She is the brain behind KRC’s adoption of the value chain development approach that has stimulated market oriented production and increased seasonal incomes of the supported small holders by over 20%. Medius developed the very poor individual’s project at KRC with a focus on entrepreneurship for the poorest of the poor households and further developed its training manual. This projected has supported 350 poorest of poor households in Rwenzori with a grant of 100 USDs per individual that has produced overwhelming results on livelihood. The results of this project provide lessons on Expanding Social Protection programme for Uganda. Medius is one of the fifteen Global Learning Network members on the Knowledge programme on Small producer Agency in Globalised markets.
Aggrey Atuhaire is a full time Research Associate and Administrator at Agency for Transformation(AFT). He has undertaken research in areas of crop agronomy and integrated pest management systems with a muse to shift from agrochemical use to biological and cultural means of managing agricultural pests; whilst saving farmers from the deeply entrenched sale of fake and adulterated agrochemicals, and in the bigger picture saving the environment from chemical residual pollution. He has knowledge and skills in project and research paper writing. He regularly writes articles about imperative issues that matter to different world sects, through print media and blog sites. Aggrey holds a bachelor of science in agriculture (horticulture) from Makerere University Kampala, a certificate in project planning and management, and another certificate in research management. Aggrey is an independent thinker, open minded and strongly upholds professionalism, integrity and honesty.