Science, Technology and Innovation
Globally, the pivotal role of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) as a driving force for development is well-established. The application of STI enhances the efficiency of production systems and fosters industrial competitiveness. Nations that can swiftly identify, utilize, and diffuse new knowledge gain a competitive edge. Therefore, it is imperative for Eastern and Southern Africa, and indeed the entire African continent, to harness STI to ensure and sustain development.
Recognizing the limited technological innovation capabilities in Uganda and Africa, coupled with the realization that existing STI policies lack evidence-based foundations, our STI program aims to engage in processes that increase the application of Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development. This will be achieved through:
- Increased Access and Adoption of Appropriate Technologies in the Agricultural Sector: Mobilizing and raising awareness among citizens and groups to participate in adopting appropriate agricultural technologies; Raising awareness and building the capacity of policymakers to enact laws regulating technology use; Catalyzing the review of laws and policies on technology access and adoption in agriculture; Monitoring access and adoption of appropriate technologies in the agricultural sector; Raising citizen awareness about agricultural technologies; and building capacity for policymakers to formulate regulations on agricultural technologies.
- Improved Quality of Agricultural Technologies: Monitoring the implementation of laws, policies, and regulations on technology access and adoption; Raising awareness among farmers about the quality and relevance of agricultural technologies; and Strengthening inter-institutional coordination and effectiveness.
- Strengthened Legal and Policy Framework for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Agriculture: Reviewing the existing policy and legal framework on Intellectual Property Rights in agriculture; Creating awareness about Intellectual Property Rights in the agricultural sector; Monitoring the implementation of policies and laws on IPR in agriculture; Increasing collaboration with national, regional, and international bodies/institutions on IPR.
The STI program acknowledges the low technological innovation capabilities in Uganda and Africa and recognizes the imperative need for evidence-based STI policies. By focusing on the agricultural sector, the program seeks to bridge existing gaps and enhance the application of appropriate technologies. This includes not only increasing access and adoption but also ensuring the quality and legal framework surrounding Intellectual Property Rights. Through these strategic interventions, the program aims to contribute to sustainable agricultural development and, consequently, broader economic growth.Read our Strategy