© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Gordon Eneku Adima

RISE Degree(s) 

MSc in Environment and Natural Resources Management from Makerere University

RISE Network(s) 

Assistant Environment Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Uganda

Formerly: Research Officer/Agroforestry Scientist at the National Agricultural Research Organization, Buginyanya Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Uganda


His master's research focused on traditional medicinal plants and associated indigenous knowledge held in the public domain amongst the Lugbara tribespeople of Arua district. The purpose was to document the medicinal plants and the ways the Lugbara use them to treat different ailments. He also analysed the variation of this knowledge by gender and finally looked at the different methods used for conservation of the medicinal plants.

His findings point out two critical concerns for this community. Medicinal plants are mainly used to treat rare yet critical ailments like gonorrhea and syphilis, whereas modern medicine is preferred for the treatment of common conditions like malaria, diarrhea and stomachaches. Medicinal plants are also fast disappearing in the community, a fact exacerbated by agricultural expansion, bush burning, and charcoal refining. There is also a decline in the knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses among young people.

Special Accomplishments 

Course Participant and Netherlands Fellowship Programme Scholarship Recipient, LINK2015: Linking Research to Local Rural Innovation, Wageningen, Netherlands

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RISE Degree(s) Completed 
January 2014