I was born and raised in a country side near one of the protected area (PA) in western Uganda where people were driven out of the area in the efforts of conservation when I was young. Living in the country side and near a PA, I became so interested in understanding how people living near such areas benefit from them to improve their livelihoods while the PA thrives. This led me to study a diploma in Agroforestry, a BSc in Agricultural Land use and Management, MSc Agricultural Development and working for a district based Farmers’ Association in Uganda to improve the livelihoods of rural based smallholder farmers including those bordering the PAs. My MSc research looked into Livelihoods-conservation initiatives and tried to measure and provide evidence of socio-economic impacts from acacia woodland organic honey production in Mwingi, Eastern Kenya.
My research interests are: Rural livelihoods improvement and sustenance, Agricultural rural enterprise development and sustainability with an emphasis on rural based enterprises with a natural resource management/ conservation focus.
My current research is a qualitative evaluation of the Darwin funded project “Can health investments benefit conservation and sustainable development?”. The research is based in Uganda, around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park famous for its Gorillas. The research also involves setting up baseline surveys in two sites where the project will be scaled out around Mount Elgon National Park and Budongo Forest in Eastern and mid- western Uganda respectively.
2017 to date: Oxford University, department of Zoology in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science. Visiting researcher to undertake a qualitative impact evaluation of the contribution of health investments to conservation of the Darwin Initiative implemented by Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and to design and coordinate baseline surveys in Budongo and Mount Elgon National park as future initiative roll out areas for effective future impact measurement.
September 2005 - August 2014: Kabarole District Farmers Association (KDFA)-Uganda: Agricultural Advisor, Project Officer and a Monitoring and Evaluation coordinator. Key activities involved; general office management, guiding staff, advising on staff remuneration, carrying out baseline surveys, project proposal development and defence, guiding implementation, guidance and management of staff, monitoring and evaluation. Staff training needs assessment, appraisal, training and technical backstopping of field extension advisors and community based officers in crop husbandry practices, environmental conservation, food security issues and VSLA training and enterprise development respectively. Coordination and maintenance of a healthy extension structure and good public relations of the Organization. Organizing workshops and radio programmes, report writing and information dissemination to donors and other stakeholders.
October 2014 – March 2015: TEALURE, Copenhagen-Denmark: (Voluntary non-paid) Sustainable development specialist in charge of designing farmer training materials in sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship, identification of key risks in project delivery and investigation of opportunities related to small scale tea farmers’ entrepreneurship in Nepal.
Dec 2014 - May 2015: The Humanitarian Water and Food Award-Denmark: (Voluntary non-paid): Applications assistant helping the applications manager in the identification and selection of suitable civil society organizations worldwide working in the water and food sector to be considered for the WAF awards.
- ELLS scientific student conference accommodation and travel grant. Awarded for abstract being among the best abstracts selected for oral presentation (2016).
- FLARE conference attendance fee waiver, travel and accommodation grant selected best abstracts (2016).
- DANIDA travel grant, PLAN DANMARK and OTICON fonden grants for MSc field work offered based on proposal excellence and financial need situation of a student (2015-2016).
- Danish government scholarship for academically outstanding MSc degree-seeking students from non-EU/EEA countries (2014-2016).
- National merit diploma Entry Scheme Government of Uganda scholarship for academic excellence for studying BSc Agricultural Land use and management at Makerere University (2008-2011).
- Ugandan national Government diploma entry merit scheme scholarship for academically outstanding diploma entrants awarded for studying national Diploma in Agroforestry (2003-2005).
Peter, Musinguzi, Bosselmann, A.S and Pouliot, Mariéve. Livelihoods and Niche Markets- a Case Study of Kenyan Smallholder Beekeepers in Mwingi. Tropentag “Solidarity in a competing world —fair use of resources”, University of natural resources and life sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, September 18 -21, 2016. Pg.1-9. Link: http://www.tropentag.de/2016/abstracts/full/890.pdf
Peter, Musinguzi, Bosselmann, A.S and Pouliot, Mariéve. Making ends meet: Livelihood/conservation impacts from organic honey production – a case of Acacia honey in Mwingi, Kenya. FLARE annual conference at the University of Edinburgh, U.K, December 2-5, 2016.
- Livelihoods and Niche Markets- a Case Study of Kenyan Smallholder Beekeepers in Mwingi at the Tropentag conference “Solidarity in a competing world —fair use of resources”, University of natural resources and life sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, September 18 -21, 2016. (PDF)
-Making ends meet: Livelihood/conservation impacts from organic honey production – a case of Acacia honey in Mwingi, Kenya. FLARE annual conference at the University of Edinburgh, U.K, December 2-5, 2016.
- Integrating Kenyan smallholder bee keepers in local bio-enterprise initiatives: Socio-economic hindrances to rural livelihoods improvement and sustainability of bio-based economic solutions at the ELLS Scientific Conference, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, November 11-12, 2016.