Rwebitaba,Kyembogo The lightly guarded head of state made his way to the KRC stall with anxiety. His eyes were all glued onto an object perched onto the table superintended over by two elegant KRC ladies; Maureen Kaliisa and Bihunirwa Medius. The object which is now the centre of attraction is none other than the energy saving stove, an innovation currently spearheaded by KRC. The president was presiding as chief guest at the World Food Day celebrations at Rwebitaba,Kyembogo,near Fort Portal in October. The event was organized by a host of organizations led by NARO, ZARDI, FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries The president, who was attending the function for the first time since its inception over 5 years ago, was impressed by the level of innovation in provision of appropriate technology for the rural communities. He was shocked to learn that the stove used far less firewood and/or charcoal compared to the traditional charcoal stove –and yet his government ministries had not made deliberate efforts to promote the stove in a bid to stem the growing degradation of the environment through massive cutting down of trees for firewood. The president was given adequate information pertaining to the operations of the stove and how it’s constructed. He promised to direct the line ministries to explore possible ways of supporting its development. The World Food Day is an annual event held to provide platform for farmers and development stakeholders involved in the food value chain to showcase the best practices in agro-business development It was such a great moment for the usually busy head of state to take off time his busy schedule to interact with farmers and development actors as he toured that stalls and listened to various testimonies from the various farmers as they recounted to him the various strides they are taking to increase production, value addition and marketing –as well as the challenges they encounter The president later repeated his message of support later that day as he dined with a group of musicians at Speke Resort Munyonyo. He vowed to support technological evolution as well as promote science in all institutions of learning to enable Uganda overcome the technological bottleneck in its bid to becoming a middle-income country.