Saul Daniel Ddumba received his PhD in Geography with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University in December 2014. His thesis research focused on the impact of climate variability and change on sweet potato production in his home country of Uganda. His Borlaug LEAP Fellowship enabled him to plan, organize and carry out field-based experiments at Uganda’s National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) to quantify growth and development patterns for several representative sweet potato varieties.
Dr. Ddumba worked with mentors Dr. Jeffery Andersen of Michigan State University and Dr. Robert Mwanga of the International Potato Center (CIP). Dr. Ddumba also traveled to headquarters in Lima, Peru to work with Dr. Robert Quiroz, head of the Production Systems and Environment Division at CIP.
Upon graduation, Dr. Daniel Ddumba returned to Uganda and continues his research examining the impact of climate change on crop production, particularly sweet potatoes and maize. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geo-Information and Climatic Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala.