African Natural Products Network

In the face of rapid population growth, loss of agricultural lands, and insufficient human capacity, RISE-AFNNET works to develop Africa’s rich biodiversity into a natural products industry of social and economic significance. Building on an already active research network of ten member countries called NAPRECA, RISE-AFNNET expands existing research programs and formalizes educational activities in such natural products fields as engineering, biochemistry, environmental science, pharmacology, economic development and nutrition. Students work on natural products research projects in the context of poverty alleviation, gender equity, and Millennium Development Goals.

Updates on Recent Network Activities

  • Prof. Celestino Obua was appointed Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST), the second largest university in Uganda. He replaces Prof. Kayanja, who used to teach in the Vet College at Makerere. His appointment coincided with Patrick Ogwang's (in the same University): http://www.must.ac.ug/ and http://chimpreports.com/?p=950. Ogwang's work was supervised by Obua, and it has caught the President's eye.

  • Prof. Maud Kamatenesi has also left to become the Vice Chancellor of Bishop Stuart University (http://www.bsu.ac.ug/index.php/staff/staff-profile/167-assoc-prof-maud-kamatensi-vice-chancellor). She has been very active in AFNNET teaching and supervision.

  • Joelia Nasaka has been accepted for laboratory training and sample analysis at Michigan State University. Her training begins on September 1st and will run for 3 months. She will complete lab work there for her PhD.

Academic Director and Secretariat
Prof. John David Kabasa
Head of RISE-AFNNET Secretariat
Prof. Stevens Kisaka
Prof. Robinson Mdegela
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania