John Jagwe PhD
Managing Partner / Agricultural Economist
Currently, FARMGAIN AFRICA is headed by John Jagwe who holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Pretoria and an MSc Agricultural Economics degree from Makerere University. John has 17 years experience in agricultural research with focus on Agri-value chains, markets and food security. John has worked with international research organisations such as International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the UN’s World Food Programme as well as the World Bank (Uganda Country office).
Agricultural expert / Director Administration
Dennis Bisase is Director Administration of FARMGAIN AFRICA as well as a country representative for Syngenta Agro. He holds 10 years experience in managing micro and macro market information systems. Prior to joining FARMGAIN, Dennis was the coordination of the first ever Livestock Marketing Information System in Uganda which was funded by African Development Bank in conjunction with the ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries of Uganda. Previously Dennis has also served as the National Coordinator for the localised Market information Service for the National Agricultural Advisory Service in conjunction with IITA-FOODNET.
Agricultural Market Information Specialist
David Luwandagga works as the market intelligence officer at FARMGAIN AFRICA. David has 17 years experience in market information system and is in charge of monitoring and disseminating wholesale and retail price information on 23 commodities from over 25 locations throughout Uganda. He previously worked as a market information officer with IITA from 2000 to 2007.
Food science, Nutrition & Biostatistics expert
Richard Basalirwa is an associate consultant on nutrition and Food security. He holds a Bachelors degree and a Master of Science degree in food science and technology graduate from Makerere University. Richard possesses skills in monitoring and evaluation of food security and livelihood projects as well as development of appropriate data capture systems for use by stakeholders at different levels. Other skills include developing training modules as well as conduct trainings in various aspects. His other skills include planning, designing tools and implementing trainings in communities targeting change as well as computer skills particularly in quantitative data analysis using Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS), nutrition data analysis using Nutri-survey as well as using MS Access to design data entry programs. Richard has previously worked with the Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) Unit of the UN World Food Program Regional Bureau for Southern, Eastern and Central Africa based in Kampala Uganda from 2008 to early 2010 where he was in charge of the implementation of Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analyses (CFSVAs) in the Horn of Africa. He was also involved in other assessment activities such as supporting Emergency Food Security Assessments (EFSAs), peer report reviews and secondary data analysis on aspects relating to livelihoods and food security.
Project management & land specialist
Christopher Burke is an associate consultant specializing in project management, and land rights. Christopher holds a Master of Arts degree in International relations from Yonsei University, South Korea and a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University, Australia. He is a research fellow with the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Christopher has almost 20 years’ experience working in northern Uganda with a particular focus on both customary and statutory governance and land tenure security, conflict resolution, food security and project management. Currently, Christopher is an associate consultant with Farmgain Africa and chair of the Northern Uganda Land Platform (NULP). He has worked as a senior land tenure officer and VGGT coordinator and Land and Conflict Expert Consultant with FAO; country operations manager with United Nations – Habitat, Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) where he supported the Ugandan Government Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) on the implementation of the National Land Policy (NLP) including the establishment of development partners platform to improve coordination associated with land issues and UNDP.
Christopher also worked with Institut Géographique National-France International (IGN-FI) on the computerization of land registration, administration, surveys and mapping, valuation and physical planning for a World Bank funded initiative through the Public Sector Foundation, Uganda (PSFU) under the Second Private Sector Competitiveness Project (PSCP II) to launch a National Land Information System (NLIS). Earlier, 2009 – 2011, Christopher worked as a project manager for Cooperazione e Svillupo (CESVI) based in Agago District in the Acholi Sub Region in northern Uganda where he was in charge of several food security and livelihood projects funded by USAID, World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UNICEF, Trócaire, Fondazione 4 Africa, and the Dutch Government.
Agribusiness Management & Gender Expert
Sarah Mayanja is the gender expert for FARMGAIN AFRICA. Sarah holds a Masters degree in Ecology and a Bachelors degree in Agriculture. Sarah has worked with several NGOs and also with the International Potato Centre (a CGIAR) for over two decades. She possesses rich experiences and knowledge in gender analysis and mainstreaming as well as gender coaching. She is also an expert in agribusiness planning and management.
Farmgain has a network of 56 temporary field data collectors stationed in the 25 locations where market information is obtained.