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UPCHAIN – Unlocking the potential of Green Charcoal Innovations to Mitigate Climate Change in Northern Uganda – is a multi-disciplinary Gulu University research project in the production and use of cleaner and greener energy.

The project primarily focuses on producing and using briquettes (green charcoal) from agricultural residues as an alternative to firewood and black charcoal.

Green charcoal should contribute to stopping deforestation, reducing smoke induced health issues as well as creating local employment.

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  • APPLY NOW: A Call for Applications for PhD and Postdoc Grants from BSU

    BSU seeks to strengthen graduate training at Gulu University by increasing the number of staff with PhD and Post Doc Degrees. BSU is now offering eight fully financed gants – four for PhD and another four for posdoc – to suitabale individuals. For details on the PhD grants follow this link. For details on the

    February 12, 2024
  • Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry Team on Monitoring Mission at Gulu University

    Gulu University will on December 6, 2023, host a team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark as part of arrangements to monitor and ensure that Danish-funded programmes and projects at the university are well managed. The team, which will be received through the Royal Danish Embassy (RDE) in Kampala, will particularly be interested

    December 5, 2023
  • From Baseline to Design Interventions: UPCHAIN Enters Research Phase II   

    UPCHAIN has entered phase two. A workshop for transitioning from problem identification and baseline studies (phase 1) to experimentation and design intervention (phase 2) has ended today at Adjumani Multipurpose Training Centre in Adjumani town, West Nile, northern Uganda. Participants pose for a group photo at Adjumani Multipurpose Training Centre (Photo by Oscar Ogwang) Launched

    November 15, 2023
  • Amuru District Gives Land to Gulu University for UPCHAIN Research Project

    Gulu University (GU) has received land from the Amuru District Local Government to boost its efforts in the research, production, and promotion of charcoal from agricultural waste, also known as green charcoal. On October 13, 2023, the LCV Chairman, Michael Lakony, handed to the university close to an acre of land in Pabbo Town, with

    October 14, 2023

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