Francis Ouruma Alacho

Country Manager, CAVA II-Uganda.

Alacho Francis Ouruma is the Country Manager of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, Uganda, under the Africa Innovations Institute, since 2010. He has had 17 years of experience working with agricultural research and 13 years with agricultural development and advisory services in both the public and non-governmental agencies. He has worked as a Senior Research Officer in the National Agricultural Research Organisation and NAADS Coordinator having earlier on been an Agricultural Production and Post-Harvest Handling Manager with Africare

He has wide research experience in the root and tuber crops majoring in the potato and cassava coupled with Agri-business skills and management as well as value chain experience in High Quality Cassava Flour, groundnuts, cassava seed, local chicken, fish, potato seed, ware potato and honey. Additionally, he has experience working with the private sector such as Pentagon Ltd, Tonnet Engineering, SAIMMUCO, Uganda Inputs Dealers Association, microfinance institutions, Butenga Farmers Association, Busitema University and Mahono Mahalabani, and with South Eastern Private Sector Promotion. He has had extensive collaborative, Networking and partnership experiences with national, continental and global scientific and development institutions and organisations like the International Potato Centre (CIP), CIAT, ICRAF, CTA, FARA, ASARECA, USAID, Africare/Washington, African Highlands Initiative (AHI), East and Central African Potato & Sweetpotato Association (PRAPACE), Sasakawa Global 2000 and Africa 2000 Network.

Education:            
Msc. Agronomy, University of Nairobi (1988).
Bsc. Agriculture, Upper Second Honours, Makerere University (1984).