Kabale University Digital Repository (KAB-DR)

KAB-DR preserves research output from the Kabale University community


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  • The collections in this Community are comprised of Indigenous Knowledge emanating from communities in the neighborhoods of Kabale University. These are communities in the great Kigezi Region.
  • This community holds students (Graduates) dissertation and Thesis, Staff field reports, Students (undergraduate) study reports
  • The community includes research article publications in journals both local and international, conference papers in proceedings and reports, abstracts and reviews by Kabale University Staff and Students
  • This community archives publications by individual University Staff and Students, Faculty and Departmental Publications (i.e. University Journal, Newsletters, University official publications etc.), groups and Association operating in the University (i.e. Convocation and Staff and Students Association}

Recent Submissions

Assessment of the Effect of Rosemary on Tomato Preservation.
(Kabale University, 2024) Nanyanzi,Teopista
Despite the nutritional and economic importance of tomatoes, significant post-harvest losses persist, exacerbated by concerns over synthetic chemical preservatives' environmental and health impacts. Thus, there is a pressing need for sustainable and cost-effective preservation methods, such as the adoption of rosemary extract, which offers safer alternatives capable of extending the shelf life of tomatoes, especially in resource-limited settings. This study investigated the efficacy of rosemary extract in preserving tomatoes, aiming to assess its impact and evaluate varying concentrations on tomato shelf life. Fresh tomatoes were randomly sourced from local markets, and crude extracts were prepared from rosemary leaves using cold maceration. The experiment involved immersing tomato fruits in rosemary extract solutions at concentrations of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% w/v, while control fruits received treatment with sterile distilled water. Shelf life was evaluated based on visual appearance, spoilage occurrence, and physiological changes such as pH levels, weight loss, and titratable acidity. Results demonstrated that increasing concentrations of rosemary extract corresponded to prolonged shelf life, with tomatoes treated with 100% w/v rosemary extract exhibiting the longest preservation period of 22 ± 5 days. Treated tomatoes maintained stable pH levels, experienced reduced weight loss rates, and showed acceptable titratable acidity compared to untreated controls. These findings indicate that rosemary extract effectively preserves tomato quality by inhibiting microbial growth and oxidative deterioration. The study recommends further exploration to optimize rosemary extract formulations, facilitate industry adoption, and address regulatory considerations to promote its use as a sustainable solution for food preservation.
The Influence of University Orientation on Fresh Students' Academic Attainment: A Case Study of Kabale University.
(Kabale University, 2024) Nuwagaba, Melon
This study investigated how Kabale University's orientation program affects students' academic achievement, integration into the university community, and the effectiveness of peer mentorship. Data gathered from students across different academic years explored their levels of participation, perceptions of integration, academic performance, program customization, and experiences with peer mentorship. The findings indicate varied participation levels, generally positive perceptions of integration, mixed findings regarding the program's influence on academic performance, and diverse feedback on the effectiveness of peer mentorship. The study highlights the importance of continuous evaluation and improvement of the orientation program to effectively meet the diverse needs of students. Future research opportunities include longitudinal analysis of program impacts, comparative studies of orientation programs, and exploration of peer mentorship dynamics to enhance student support and academic success.
A Comparative Study of Vitamin C Concentrations in Two Selected Wild Fruits in Itojo Sub-County Ntungamo District.
(Kabale University, 2024) Akankwatsa, Marither
The body does not store vitamin C, making it essential to include vitamin C-rich fruits in the daily diet for maintaining good health. In the rural areas of Itojo sub-county, Ntungamo District, access to commonly consumed vitamin C-rich fruits such as oranges, lemons, and mangoes is limited, as these fruits are typically available only in urban market centers where they are sold. Additionally, rural residents often lack the financial resources to purchase these fruits from markets and supermarkets. This research aimed to determine and compare the vitamin C concentrations in two selected wild fruits, Horn melon (Cucumis metuliferus) and Seed of heaven fruit (Aframomum spp), which grow in the wild in rural Itojo sub-county, Ntungamo District. The vitamin C concentrations in the two selected wild fruits were measured using redox titration, where vitamin extracts from the wild fruits were titrated against potassium iodate solution with a starch indicator. The average volume of potassium iodate solution at the endpoint was recorded and used to calculate the vitamin C concentrations in the fruit extracts. The study found that the vitamin C concentration in three varieties of Horn melon (X1, X2, and X3) was 7.02 mg/100g, 7.39 mg/100g, and 6.49 mg/100g respectively. In contrast, the three varieties of Seed of heaven fruit (Y1, Y2, and Y3) had vitamin C concentrations of 23.23 mg/100g, 21.65 mg/100g, and 24.82 mg/100g respectively. Consequently, the study concluded that the vitamin C concentration in Seed of heaven fruits is almost three times higher than that in Horn melon fruits.
Covid-19 Pandemic and Students Performance in Selected Secondary Schools in Rukungiri District.
(Kabale University, 2024) Ainemigisha, Prossy
The study examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students' performance in selected secondary schools in the Rukungiri district. Conducted in three randomly chosen secondary schools in the district, the study aimed to: investigate the pandemic's impact on students' academic performance, examine the influence of various remote learning modalities on academic performance, and identify socio-economic and psychological factors contributing to changes in academic performance during the pandemic. The researcher employed a descriptive survey design to collect data, describing the schools and respondents involved. Out of a total sample of 539, 500 participants took part in the study. Data collection methods included questionnaires and interviews, and the gathered data was analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative techniques, with results presented in tables, frequencies, and percentages. The findings highlighted the critical transition to digital platforms, stressing the importance of maintaining quality and efficiency in online instructional methods, consistent with literature on the challenges posed by the global crisis. The study concluded that recognizing psychological well-being as a significant factor influencing academic performance aligns with the literature's focus on the psychosocial impact of the pandemic on students. Stress, anxiety, and mental health issues, heightened by pandemic-related uncertainty and disruption, have affected students' concentration and academic engagement. The researcher recommended initiatives to bridge the digital divide, ensuring equitable access to technology for all students, which may include providing devices and reliable internet connectivity to those in need.
Exploring the Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Sustainable Agriculture in Kahungye Sub County Kabale District.
(Kabale University, 2024) Ainebyoona, Emmanuel Jack
This study examined the role of indigenous knowledge in sustainable agriculture in Kahungye sub-county, Kabale district, Uganda. The objectives were to explore farmers' perceptions of integrating indigenous knowledge with modern agricultural practices, assess the effectiveness of indigenous knowledge in tackling local agricultural challenges, and analyze socio-economic factors affecting its adoption. Using a descriptive research design, the study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection, including structured questionnaires for farmers and semi-structured interviews with key informants such as community leaders and the sub-county agricultural officer. The study population consisted of 120 individuals, including active farmers and community leaders in the Kahungye sub-county, with a sample size of 92 respondents determined using the Morgan and Krejcie table (1970). The findings indicated positive perceptions towards the integration of indigenous knowledge and its effectiveness in addressing agricultural challenges. Socio-economic factors, such as limited resource access and cultural beliefs, significantly influenced adoption. In conclusion, farmers showed a positive attitude towards merging indigenous knowledge with modern agricultural practices. Recommendations were made for targeted education campaigns, research support, and policy interventions to promote integration and enhance sustainability and rural livelihoods.