Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, MAAIF Uganda

Dear Delegates,

I take this opportunity to thank you for taking time off to join us in the First ASARECA Council of Patron Ministers Summit and the High Level Forum on Sustainable Intensification of Africa’s Farming Systems. The combined event will take place at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 2-4th May 2019.

The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Summit host, in conjunction with the ASARECA Secretariat have prepared to ensure that your participation in the Summit and your stay in Uganda will be a memorable experience. We are keen on ensuring that the Summit provides a platform for expanding the frontiers of agriculture led growth and development in our region.

We acknowledge the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for funding the (Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project and all the ASARECA member countries for their annual contributions, which together have made this event possible.

I thank all the delegates who have sponsored their way to this Summit and trust that we shall all have an enriching experience together.

The organising committee has provided a logistics note with the various courtesies you will be accorded during your stay and relevant information to prepare you for the summit. The note includes some additional information on the nearby tourist sites you may wish to visit in the event that you are able to extend your stay.

Welcome to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.