In a remarkable testament and expertise in the field of bamboo resource management and technology, Dr. Jayanta Choudhury, Assistant Professor in the Department of Rural Studies, Tripura University, had been invited by the National Forest Academy (NFA), Government of Uganda, Africa to play a pivotal role in the establishment of a Diploma in Bamboo Resource and Technology program in Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi.
NFA is the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation’s (INBAR) focal point in Uganda and is housing INBAR’s Duch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme whose objective is to enhance Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation benefits by developing inclusive and sustainable industrial and SME bamboo value chains resulting into improved livelihood opportunities, food security and environment management.
Dr. Choudhury, who has earned acclaim for his extensive research and practical contributions to Rural Development, shared his knowledge and experience to assist in launching this transformative program. His involvement will contribute to the development of a curriculum and training of teachers that aligns with global best practices and addresses the specific challenges and opportunities presented by bamboo resources in Uganda.
” Bamboo, often referred to as “green gold,” is a versatile and renewable resource that holds great potential for ecological, economic, and social benefits. “.
It is used in various applications, from construction and furniture making to sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration. By offering a Diploma in Bamboo Resource and Technology, the National Forest Academy aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to harness the potential of bamboo sustainably.
Dr. Jayanta Choudhury expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity, saying, “I was honored to be invited by the National Forest Academy in Uganda to contribute to this vital initiative. Bamboo is a resource that can transform communities and ecosystems alike when managed sustainably. This diploma program will not only empower individuals with valuable skills but also contribute to the conservation of Uganda’s rich forest resources.”
The collaboration between Dr. Jayanta Choudhury and the National Forest Academy in Uganda exemplifies the global recognition of bamboo’s significance in addressing environmental challenges and fostering economic development. It is a testament to the impact that dedicated individuals and institutions can have in promoting sustainable practices and creating a brighter future for generations to come.