The Vital signs team in Uganda led by the Africa Innovations Institute hosted the President of Conservation International (CI) Jennifer Morris last week. The President met with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Uganda National Council on Science and Technology, and Makerere University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. They discussed the state of play of data-driven decision making in Uganda and how Vital Signs data could be used to support the policy and decision making process.
The President also visited Nakasongola District in Central Uganda where she met with District officials and discussed the data needs at the District level. While in Nakasongola, the Vital signs Uganda team demonstrated how they collect data on social economic and biophysical indicators in the field.
The key message coming out of all the meetings is that there is interest in the data, but in order to have an impact, it needs to be simplified and put into actionable products. There is particular interest in using the Vital signs soil data to update the Soil Atlas for Uganda which has not been updated since 1960.
Vital signs has already worked with ISRIC to prepare soil maps for Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and will be following up with them on the Soil Atlas.
For more on the visit please see the video link https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wT-JgeueqxY and New Vision Uganda article https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1463306/scientists-conduct-soil-survey-uganda