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Dr. George Bigirwa

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Associate Program Director

Email: g***@***.org
Local Address:  Uganda
Company Description: AGRA was founded in 2006 through a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today AGRA also receives funding from...   more

Employment History

  • Head of the Regional Team
    Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa
  • Senior Program Officer
    Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa
  • Head of Maize Research
    National Agricultural Research Organization
  • National Coordinator
    National Agricultural Research Organization
  • Associate Program Director, Program
    Seed Systems of AGRA
  • Senior Program Officer, Program
    Seed Systems of AGRA
  • Senior Program Officer
    Seed Production & Dissemination


  • PhD , Plant Pathology
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Dr George ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
Dr George Bigirwa
Associate Program Director
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We hope to draw on that ..., 11 May 2015 [cached]
We hope to draw on that experience as we collaborate with all stakeholders involved in the MLN mitigation effort to ensure that Africa's farmers continue to access quality, MLN-free seed to safeguard their livelihoods and food security," said Dr. George Bigirwa, AGRA's Head of the Regional Team for East and Southern Africa.
Although sunn hemp was introduced in ..., 20 Aug 2014 [cached]
Although sunn hemp was introduced in Uganda from Latin America, it has adopted well to the soils here, according to Dr George Bigirwa, senior programme officer, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (Agra). He led stakeholders from different parts of Africa on a tour of Naseco's multiplication fields.
"Like we advise farmers to carry out crop rotation using other crops such as beans, groundnuts, green gram, sorghum and millet, which contain root nodules for nitrogen fixation, the same applies to the sunn hemp which has even more ability to fix nitrogen in the soil because its capacity to produce the nodules is high'" Dr Bigirwa explains.
He adds that farmers in the developed countries have been using this crop for a long time as a measure to increase on soil fertility. So, he urges Ugandan farmers to do the same to increase on their output.
Dr George ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
Dr George Bigirwa
Dr George Bigirwa Associate Program Director, Program for Africa's Seed System, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Dr Bigirwa, a Ugandan national, holds a PhD in Plant Pathology. He has worked in various disciplines including crop breeding that resulted in the release of six maize and five rice varieties widely grown in Uganda and the neighboring countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, DR Congo and Southern Sudan. Prior to joining AGRA, Dr Bigirwa worked for 22 years with Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). He served as NARO's National Coordinator of Maize and Rice Research, a post he held for 8 years. Dr Bigirwa has chaired the Maize and Wheat Network for Eastern and Central Africa (ECAMAW) and the East and Central Africa Rice Research Network (ECARRN), and has been instrumental in linking private seed companies to public research institutions throughout the region - linkages that are critical to expediting smallholder farmer access to new varieties.
Community Seed Production: Can Farmers Supply Themselves and Earn a Profit?, 1 Aug 2004 [cached]
"In Uganda improved seed or inputs are not readily available in villages," says George Bigirwa, head of maize research for the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and seed project coordinator in Uganda.
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