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George W. Byarugaba-Bazirake

Dean, Faculty of Science, Kyambogo University

Uganda

What most impressed the professional colleagues who nominated this role model?

George William Byarugaba- Bazirake demonstrates by example how valuable technical research at agricultural universities can solve important practical problems facing rural communities.  His excellent community outreach skills have enabled him to identify practical problems which university research can, in turn, help to address.  Among other things, he has developed improved methods for producing banana wine and vinegar and biogas production from banana peels.  In addition, his banana preservation technology, using enzymatic inactivation for longer shelf-life of fresh peeled matooke (cooking bananas), has acquired a patent and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration which now enables matooke exports to the USA.  The impact of his work is only starting to be felt.  The potential he has opened up is huge. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • My family was occupied in livestock rearing and crop production, so I was born in and grew up in a farming environment. Specifically, I had a lot of passion for livestock and wanted to be a herdsman.
  • In addition, my elder brother had studied agriculture up to masters degree level.  He had an important position in the Ministry of Agriculture and was doing well. I wanted to follow in his foot-steps.

How can agricultural education institutions more effectively prepare African students for successful agribusiness careers? 

  • Curriculum reform needs to emphasize precision and accuracy in record keeping of agricultural inputs and outputs so students appreciate factors affecting productivity, up-scaling and profits realized from any farming and value addition innovations.
  • We need a practical approach to teaching, including many hours of demonstrations, study tours and exposure to information and role models who can motivate interest with real life examples of agribusiness activities. 
  • Teach students entrepreneurship skills and how to create viable agribusiness enterprises. 

Career highlights

  • Dean, Faculty of Science, Kyambogo University.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Consultant on Technology and Innovations Support Centres (TISC).
  • Member, Kyambogo University Council.
  • Associate Professor, Food Science, Kyambogo University.
  • Kyambogo University representative on the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology.
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and later Chair, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Food Processing Technology, Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo.
  • Teacher, Biology and Agriculture, St Mary’s College, Kisubi, where he started a school farm. 

Educational background

  • Primary:
    • Rubanda Mixed Primary School.
  • Secondary:       
    • Makobore High School,Kinyasaano.
  • University:
    • Diploma, Kakoba Grade V Teachers’ College, Makerere University.
    • MSc, Food Engineering, Kuban State University of Technology, Russia.
    • PhD, Institute of Wine Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.