The Role of Science and Biotechnology in addressing the modern Agricultural challenges
On Thursday the 29th March 2017, I attended a public dialogue on the above topic organized by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) and Makerere Agribusiness Students Association held at Makerere University, College of Agricultural Sciences. The dialogue attracted participants from the general public, NGOs, students and the academia.
Interestingly, what seemed to be a well-organized event turned out to be a platform for personality attacks between Professors who had been invited to speak on the panel. Challenging and shooting at each other bitter words. Following such attacks, which were based on selfish interests, the dialogue was then totally diverted from the original proposed topic and instead the house started debating on the controversial GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Some of the academic giants present included; Dr. Olupot Giregon, a professor in Soil science at Makerere Univer... Read more
As we come to the end of celebrating the 2017 Global Money Week, saving has been pointed out as one of the most recommended practices and cultures that must be embraced by everyone worldwide. Saving is the practice of putting aside part of your current earnings for the future.
Life is full of making choices all the time, and therefore choosing to save for your future is one of the best decisions one can ever make. However, what is most important here is knowing what you want to save for and the need to find out how much it will cost. For example; one may choose to save for buying land, building a house, paying school fees, old age the list is long. Important to note though here is to set realistic saving plans, this calls for one to be patient well knowing that, it is note done once but over a period of time.
Some of the outstanding saving steps include; start saving now, save regularly, keep records of your savings... Read more
Men only participate in harvesting and selling but are not willing to participate in planting and weeding vegetables. This was revealed by vegetable farmers in Kasangati sub-county during the second day of the Kick off workshop. The photos below show the interactive sessions during the analysis of gender roles in the horticulture. The youth also shared their experiences in their involvement in family businesses, they however say that, they are usually limited by access to key resources like land which puts them off to start their own businesses.
We are glad to inform our esteemed stakeholders that, today the 13th March 2017, AgriProFocus kicks off the first day of the 9 months gender coaching journey, which is usually the very first interface between coaches and coachees to learn about different gender concepts and modules. It takes three days including one for the field visit.
The kick off workshop is aimed at introducing key gender concepts and building the capacities of
the participating organizations in order to develop gender sensitive value chain interventions, and
motivate them to take concrete steps to integrate a gender perspective in their
The participating organizations inlcude; Trias Uganda, National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Enterprises (NUCAFE) and Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) with a total of 7 candidates.
The value chains to be handled include; coffee, maize, beans, irish potatoes, and rice.
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Interested candidates, please find the, Application details at this link
Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd. is one of the leading coffee exporters in Uganda. We contribute to the professionalization of the coffee value chain from field to cup. Our Farmer Support Teams work with coffee farming households to improve coffee production and livelihoods. We are expanding our gender programme and are looking for 2 Gender Field Officers to strengthen our team.
Location: Mbale and Paidha
Duration of contract: 4 years, with a try-out period of 6 months
Starting date: 1st February or March 2017
Deadline for application: Monday 23rd January – 5:00 pm
Main duties and responsibilities
-Contribute to the development of the gender strategy;
-Plan and execute gender workshops for champions;
-Follow-up implementation of household plans;
-Set-up and coordinate VSLAs;
-Monitoring and Evaluation; Technical reporting;
-Coordinate integration of the gender programme into Kyagalanyi’s Farmer Support Teams; and
-West Nile: Coordinate the stop chi... Read more
Here we are! Graduation of 2016 candidates
A Gender coachee presenting his case study at the closing workshop today
Today AgriProFocus Uganda is having its closing workshop for the 4th AgriProFocus GVC coaching trajectory 2016. Reflecting on key lessons and successes gained during the trajectory. More to come.
The government of Uganda under the leadership of
the Ministry of Water and Environment is in the process of developing a
national Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR). The SPCR reflects
the choice of Ugandan stakeholders to adopt a programmatic approach to
mainstream climate change adaptation into national and local plans and
strategies, with a particular focus on strengthening the resilience of rural
and urban communities and their socio-economic infrastructure, as well as
building the capacity of national institutions and empowering non state actors
to be fully engaged in the process.
A team from MWE has been engaged in national and regional level consultations
on the SPCR process of which some of you might have been part of.
In order to further extend the opportunity for stakeholders' engageme... Read more
In an effort to attract more youth to venture into
agriculture and reduce on high levels of unemployment, the African Development
Bank (ADB) is planning to train over 10,000 youth in agribusiness in a five
year project to start soon. Some of the areas of touch will include; incubation
support services, skills in innovations, marketing skills among others. All is
aimed to encourage and motivate youth to do agriculture not as hobby but as
business. The Youth are encouraged to start their own Agribusiness enterprises,
such that they can also employ others and this will in the long run reduce on
the unemployment levels.
The AfDB plans directly fit into the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness strategy; we believe that the youth can potentially be successful entrepreneurs through peer-to-peer learning; for they have something to teach as well as something to learn. Therefore; inspiring youth the agri-food sector leads into more successful yout... Read more
Farmers to open Bank accounts in order to access financial services. Finance Fair Kasese in Progress.
Bank of Uganda, with pleasure, invite you to the 6th Financial Information Sharing Group Meeting (FLISG) Meeting scheduled to take place on
23rd November 2016 from 8.30 am to 4.30pm, at Golf Course Hotel Kampala.
The theme is: “Rethinking Financial Literacy to strengthen Financial Capability in Uganda”.
The objectives of the FLISG Meeting are to:
1. Provide an overview of achievements and current status of financial literacy activities by Bank of Uganda in conjunction with development partners and stakeholders.
2. Discuss pertinent, current and relevant aspects on Financial Literacy in line with the set theme.
3. Share experiences, showcase resources and share financial literacy best practices.
In addition, space will be provided to showcase financial literacy resources you have developed. (Stalls with tables and chairs will be set up for that purpose). If you would like to participate in the market place, please respond by midday on Wednesday 16th Novemb... Read more
October is gone and many areas in Uganda are failing to receive the required rainfall amounts and in areas where it has rained, many crops have been devastated, leaving many homeless and with no any other alternative source of livelihood. The question is: What is Government doing to avert the situation?
It is traditionally known that, Uganda's economy is largely dependent on Agriculture. Not only dependent, but also rain fed agriculture, where farmers have to wait upon God to send rain on the land for food.
Under normal circumstances, October is supposed to be the peak of rains but unfortunately; many areas are still experiencing severe sun shine that has caused crops to dry up thus rendering the second planting season a loss. The question is: how responsive is the National Disaster Preparedness and Management Policy in managing such disasters and the vulnerability of the affected population?
It is reported that, some people h... Read more
PELUM Uganda the lead organization for the AgriProFocus Policy group has organized a National diaolgue to debate on the question; Does Uganda need a law to promote or ban GMOS?
You are all welcome to participate, share your views and recommendations. The dialogue is today the 27th Oct, at Hotel Africana -Kampala.
Come one, come all!
PAINT: TURNING YOUR AGRIBUSINESS PITCH INTO A STORY!
Story telling is a scientifically-proven way to capture a listener's attention and hold it. It makes your pitch unforgettable. So, tell your story and tell it right. You're bound to gain attention, and the funding will follow.
Whether you're looking for investors or to get people interested in your business, your victory depends on your ability to explain what makes your business unique and to catch your listener's attention in less than 2 minutes. One of the most important things a businessperson can do, especially the founder or the general manager or someone who is at the center of the business daily operations is sales and learning how to speak about the business to others. This therefore these two things become the main target for every business that wants to grow.
Are you an entrepreneur? Company? Cooperative?, today AgriProFocus, SNV -The Netherlands Development Organization, B-Space and Netherlands Uganda Trade & Inve... Read more
Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd, after participating in the AgriProFocus Gender trajectory 2013, they developed a Gender activity profile in improving coffee quality within their coffee farming communities. This profile is meant to help men appreciate that women also a big role to play in the family coffee business.
Below in the picture (left is the Gender profile and right are women and men sorting Coffee together at Kyagalanyi Coffee unit -Mbale).
The visit was to see the participation of women delivering coffee to the marker. Previously men used to take coffee too the market but now women are being encouraged to take coffee to the market.
the end of a two day Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review (JASAR) that
started on Monday the 29th to 30th August 2016, happening at
Speke Resort Munyonyo. The event brings together Ministry of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Civil Society Organizations, farmers,
private sector and development partners under one roof to evaluate the performance
of the Agriculture sector as well as discuss the areas of improvement in the
sector at large.
As you may all be aware that; the aspirations of Vision 2040, the National Development Plan (NDP II) and Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP) is to transform Uganda from a peasant to modern prosperous country. This is set to be realized through strengthening the country’s competitiveness for sustainable production, wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth. These development frameworks identify increasing production and productivity, va... Read more