The Continuing Agricultural Education Center (CAEC) is one of the former eight departments of the former Makerere University's Faculty of Agriculture, now college of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences . The center was conceived in 1993 as a project with joint funding from The World Bank and Government of Uganda under the Agricultural Research and Training Project (ARTP) through the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).

A view of CAEC (Continuing Agricultural Extension Center) in Kabanyoro

As a project, it offered short courses for NARO Scientists and Makerere University’s Faculty of Agriculture teaching/research staff. In 1997, a public- private sector linked training in Applied Tropical Floriculture (ATF) for the Uganda Flower Exporters Association (UFEA) was introduced. Originally Agribusiness Development Centre/Investment for Development in Export Agriculture (ADC/IDEA) funded the training but this programme wound up, however, a new partnership with the Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Programme (APEP) has enabled the continuation of the training. Construction of the CAEC facilities commenced in 1998 at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) and was completed in 2000. In February 2002, Makerere University Council institutionalized CAEC as a University unit.

The first coordinator of the centre, Dr. Guy Denton, was an expatriate placed in the Dept. of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture and being paid by the World Bank Agricultural Research and Training Project (ARTP). He was succeeded in 1995 by Dr. Margaret Mangheni a member of staff of the Dept. of Agricultural Extension. During her term, Dr. Mangheni was deputized by Dr. P. Tibezinda (RIP). In June 1999, Dr. Paul Kibwika took over as coordinator; he was succeeded by Mr. Richard Miiro in August 2002 who managed the centre till June 2005. Dr. Kabi Fred took over the management of the centre since July 2005 up to date.

Vision

“To be the leading center providing client-responsive, training and services for development of agriculture and agro-industry”.

Mission
“To enhance the capacity of professionals and practitioners; disseminate knowledge and technologies for sustainable development of agricultural and agro-industrial sectors”.

Objectives
The broad objective is to facilitate demand-driven training and outreach services to the farming community, other organizations and institutions involved in the agricultural and agro-industrial development.

The specific objectives are to:

1. Mobilize and co-ordinate the Human Resource expertise especially on the critical needs for capacity and human resource development for agricultural modernization and development.

2. Design and implement short and medium term demand driven training programs for the public and private sector employees in agricultural related organization/businesses, as well as farmers.

3. Enhance the technical capacity and leadership of public and private sector Agricultural related organization/businesses through mid-career professional training programs, seminars, conferences workshops among other activities.

4. Appropriately package and produce information needed by extension staff, mid-career professionals and farmers to enhance their performance in delivery of services.

5. Be the inter-face between Makerere University, the local governments, private sector including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the farming communities at large through collaborative implementation of training programs and development of resource materials for various stakeholders in the Agricultural sector.\r\n

5. Be the inter-face between Makerere University, the local governments, private sector including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the farming communities at large through collaborative implementation of training programs and development of resource materials for various stakeholders in the Agricultural sector.

Our Mandate

1. To conduct in-service demand-driven retooling for professionals/practitioners/ managers of Agriculture, natural resources and their products, in the public and private sector\r\n

1. To conduct in-service demand-driven retooling for professionals/practitioners/ managers of Agriculture, natural resources and their products, in the public and private sector

2. Conduct outreach activities for profitable and sustainable management of the natural resource base and its products while considering issues of gender, equity & HIV/AIDS.\r\n

2. Conduct outreach activities for profitable and sustainable management of the natural resource base and its products while considering issues of gender, equity & HIV/AIDS.

3. To provide a platform for learning alliances\r\n

3. To provide a platform for learning alliances