Senior Research Officer and Crop Entomologist
Organization: National Crops Resources Research Institute (NARO) - Uganda
Michael Otim was borne in Northern Uganda. He attended Comboni College in Lira, then received his BSc Degree in Agriculture (Crop Science) in 1999 and Master of Science in Crops Science (Entomology) in 2003 from Makerere University. He graduated with a PhD in 2007 with a major in Entomology. In 2006, he joined NARO as Research Officer II and was posted to the National Agricultural and Animal Research Institute, Namulonge (now NaCRRI). He was promoted to Research Officer I in 2008. In 2013, Michael was promoted to Senior Research Officer. Michael’s interest lies at the heart of providing solutions to problems adversely affecting the productivity of key crops in the country and the region. He is driven by the desire to mitigate food insecurity and low incomes among rural households. Dr. has researched on cassava, beans, maize, rice, Napier, tomato and coffee insect pests and their management. He led the promotion of Push-Pull technology for stemborer and striga control in Eastern Uganda, and upscaling New Rice for Africa (NERICs) in the post conflict areas on Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Currently, he is leading research on the efficacy of Bt maize on Uganda stem borer, and its effects on Non-targets. He is married and blessed with two sons.