Jacob Olanya

Communications and Marketing facilitator

Kampala, Uganda

About Me

i am a qualified I.T Training personnel and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer science from Makerere University. He has 5 years’ work experience.
i am highly motivated, with a record of helping projects progress. i have been coordinating a project on sustainability of the District Business Information Centres (DBICs) with UNIDO where he coordinated project of sustainability using ICT.

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Posted 4 days 19 hours ago

Why We Need to Teach Agriculture in Schools

There is unease about the proposed translocation of agriculture and other vocational subjects from the secondary school curriculum to technical institutes. This comes at the dawn of growing youth unemployment and criticism of the school curriculum as being too elitist with no practical skills to equip learners for afterschool life. The rural exodus by school leavers is fuelling urban squalor and crime as young people who seek livelihoods in towns end up in crowded suburbs.

Most young people who come to town cannot find formal employment and end up in squalid suburbs. Wakiso District is probably home to many of these youths who are trapped between the rural life and the city.

Agriculture development requires movement of people into urban areas to create space for large scale mechanisation of farms and increase productivity per person. Urban migration also creates opportunities for agricultural markets which arise from increased demand for food by

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Posted 6 days 52 min ago

Why we need more youth in agriculture

On Friday, Namboole sports stadium was full of people from different walks of life to attend the Harvest Money Expo organised by the Vision Group.

I was one of the early birds to attend the three-day event for farmers, suppliers and experts in the agricultural sector, where they shared new technologies and how to farm during this period of climatic changes.

As I was walking to the training session, I met a gray-haired old man seated at the stadium stairs. He seemed to be in his 70s. He was sipping soda and eating mchomo. I asked him why he did not send his grand-children to learn and take back the information to him. He cleared his throat and told me, “you young people do not want to engage in farming”.

His response prompted me to ask Dr Diana Nambatya during her urban training session how we can attract young people to agriculture. In the queue waiting for my turn to ask, four out of the six people who asked questions had retired from the service

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Jimmy Ouni After the morning showers of Saturday, i patiently queued ready to attend the trainings at the Harvest Money expo, i was amazed by all the training and exhibitions, l learned a great deal and this very program and platform, this left me wandering how little this information has actually reached the target group. if only these trainings and information is disseminated down to farmers groups up in the farming areas, say village levels. i am looking forward to exhibiting next year.

6 days 10 min ago

BAJJA FRUIT FARM Ashiraf Thank you so much. Your observations are really timely and spot on. Uganda can not be proud of having a youth ( youngest) population when they are not productive. We can not also focus on the youth without them. I too visited the stall of Operation Wealth Creation & Ministry of Agriculture and found out that All the officers manning them were over 40 yrs creating a generation gap. For the Country to be able to lure the youth back into Agriculture, interventions must be for and by the youth. On a recent visit to our passion fruit farm, one of the youth leaders during the discussion said "Nothing for us without us" meaning, however- good the program can be, if it is without the target group, it can not succeed.
Visit us at our farm in Lukaya along Maska road (0785 012 674/0704 610376 whatsup)

5 days 22 hours ago

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Posted 2 weeks 20 hours ago

Jeka Poultry Farm , an Agripreneur at the PAINT Event.

Jeka Poultry Farm is an agripreneur who attended the Trade and Investment matchmaking event (PAINT) that took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala. This is what they had to say.


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Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

Ban on Uganda Poultry Could Be Lifted in the Next One Week

Kenya may lift the import ban imposed on Uganda chicken and eggs in the next one week, after experts from the two countries met to assess the measures taken against an epidemic of bird flu.

This will, however, depend on the final tests carried out by a group of experts drawn from the two countries. They will conclude the exercise in the next one week.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the two teams are doing a risk assessment of the Avian flu outbreak in Uganda to determine if it has been contained.

Mr Bett did not confirm when the ban would be lifted, but officials told the Sunday Nation that it could be as early as this week.

Kenya imposed the ban last month after a highly infectious strain of bird flu was reported in Uganda.

But Uganda has assured Kenya that it has contained the outbreak, adding that most farms that export eggs to Kenya are located more than 10km from the quarantined area. According to Mr Bett, the tea

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Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Destiny Farms, an Agripreneur at the PAINT Event.

Destiny Farms is an agripreneur who attended the Trade and Investment matchmaking event (PAINT) that took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala. This is what they had to say.


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Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Uganda: Address Challenges of Rain-Fed Agriculture With Practical Solutions

By David Ossiya

Last year, I ventured into commercial farming and invested a considerable amount of money which unfortunately I lost due to a prolonged drought. The year 2016 was tough for farmers countrywide as the rains did not fall when they should have and certainly not in the amounts expected. In Soroti where I was, we had very little rain while in Busoga where a friend was growing the exact same crops as I was, they had too much rain resulting in flooding and water logging. Climate change is both a global and national problem and our policy makers must accept that our agro-based economy can no longer rely on purely rain-fed agriculture. That would be playing Russian roulette with the elements. The odds of success are just not in our favour.

Come along President Museveni advising and demonstrating to farmers how to irrigate their gardens using a bicycle and jerrycan to fetch water. The President was widely

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Posted 4 weeks 21 hours ago

GroFin, an Investor at the PAINT Event.

PAINT is an initiative that supports the growth of agribusiness through linking pre-qualified and mentored agri-prenuers to financing, knowledge technology and markets. This publication chronicles its first major events; mentoring and matchmaking that took place on 3rd to 4th October 2016 at Royal suites Hotel and 5th and 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala respectively. It was a chance for agri-prenuers and investors to learn, network, and create new partnerships.

Hear what GroFin an Investor in the Trade and Investment matchmaking event which took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala had to say

 


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Posted 4 weeks 21 hours ago

Uganda’s poultry products safe, says agriculture minister

The government has asked Ugandans and neighboring countries dealing in poultry products, especially domestic birds, not to worry about bird flu saying it was under control.

According to Vincent Ssempijja, the minister for agriculture, the government is currently carrying out continuous veterinary inspections and technical backstopping to commercial farms, to ensure biosecurity measures are strictly adhered to.

“ Fortunately, these farms are located far away from the 10km quarantine radius range, and can produce safe poultry and poultry products for local and export markets,” Ssempijja said.

The minister made the remarks, while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, on the steps Government is undertaking to control the avian influenza.

He noted that the disease had been confirmed in seven wild migratory birds, five domestic ducks and one chicken.

According to Ssempijja, several other samples from suspect ca

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Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Making agribusiness work for development: examples from Uganda!

On March 21, AgriProFocus likes to look back and beyond on the matter of the Dutch Aid and trade agenda, during a big event in The Netherlands. Besides various keynote speakers and discussions, AgriProFocus wish to inspire their audience consisting of members, agri-professionals, researchers and policymakers with views from the field. AgriProFocus aims to do this through video productions - highlighting two projects in two different contexts (East and West Africa) by the personal views and experiences of both its changemakers and stakeholders. BrandOutLoud was contacted to support AgriProFocus with this event through visuals.

From 16th to 21st January BrandOutLoud together with AgriProFocus Uganda set out to meet, interview and shoot videos of three interesting parties.

Mary is a medium scale horticultural farmer involved in seeds improvement programmes or planning, talks about her efforts in obtaining better (acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really nice to see these examples, I am looking forward to the eventual video! Of course, we will share that one on this platform too.

1 month 3 days ago

Janine Schoeman Great to learn how it all went and see the pictures! Looks great and cannot wait to see the final result!

1 month 2 days ago

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Call to participate in the Gender in value chains Trajectory 2017 

It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].

Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.

AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.

Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.

Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade Report

PAINT is an initiative that supports the growth of agribusiness through linking pre-qualified and mentored agri-prenuers to financing, knowledge technology and markets. This publication chronicles its first major events; mentoring and matchmaking that took place on 3rd to 4th October 2016 at Royal suites Hotel and 5th and 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala respectively. It was a chance for agri-prenuers and investors to learn, network, and create new partnerships.

Click here to download the complete report.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Agriculture Grows but Tax Contribution Still Remains Low

While the agricultural and services sectors have grown over the years, their contribution of tax revenue to the national treasury has remained dismally low, a study has found.

Researchers Joseph Mawejje and Ezra Munyambonera at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) found in a 2016 study that there were mismatches in contributions of economic sectors to overall tax revenue performance.

The study, titled Improving tax revenue performance in Uganda, found that the dominance of agriculture was the biggest impediment to tax revenue performance in Uganda.

A one percentage increment in the growth of agriculture is associated with a 2.3 percent decrease in the tax-to-GDP ratio.

"One possible explanation is that Uganda's agriculture sector is largely smallholder and informal and, therefore, potentially difficult to tax," the report says, adding that the sector has also been a major beneficiary of tax exemptions.

According to Bank of Uganda

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Voices from the Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT) entrepreneurs

Crested superior commodities ltd


“Investors are looking for impact business.”

Crested Superior Commodities was registered in 2010 as a milk processing company. Since Uganda produces plenty of milk, Crested Superior Commodities produces ch

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

African Development Bank to give Shs703 billion for agriculture

Uganda will receive $195 million (Shs703b) from the African Development Bank (ADB) to support two agricultural projects in the country, in relation to the bank's Regional Alignment with Feed Africa Strategy. As per Uganda project, the ADB says the Agricultural Value Chains Development Project is $110 million (Shs396) and it is at appraisal stage and Agricultural Infrastructure Development Programme - CA11P-4 $85 million (Shs306) which is at identification stage.  

In a presentation made at Sheraton Kampala Hotel recently during the launch conference on Feed Africa Strategy, the director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department ADB, Dr Chiji Ojukwu said under its Feed Africa Strategy, the bank intends to increase agricultural lending to $2.4b annually.

Chiji said, as per the programme, a focused approach on integrated commodity value chains is to be done adding that achieving Feed Africa Goals requires substantial inve

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Posted 3 months 6 days ago

KASESE AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR - REPORT

“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation 


SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partn

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Mugisha Richard The relationship between the farmers and services providers is getting stronger each time a finance Fair is organized. Farmers are steadily gaining confidence to interact with the banks. 

3 months 6 days ago

Okello Justine Thanks a lot for the Good work done this what our farmers need.

3 months 2 days ago

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Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

“Store Hay for dry Season” – President Advises Dairy Farmers

President Yoweri Museveni has strongly advised dairy farmers in the country to ensure proper feeding of their animals during dry seasons by cutting and storing grass that sprouts during the rainy season. The stored grass, he said, can be used in form of hay to feed their herds at the height of the dry spells to ensure more milk yields and improved quality of the animals.

“I have called you today to talk about 2 serious issues that can disorganize dairy farmers; under-feeding cattle during dry seasons and rearing cows without doing calculations,” he said.
The President made the remarks last evening at a meeting he convened at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district. The meeting drew cattle farmers from the cattle corridor in the country.

While thanking dairy farmers for shifting from keeping cattle in a traditional way to commercial farming, the President urged them to maintain the production of milk to satisfy

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THE RWENZORI AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  17 November 2016, All Day Event
  Kasese

AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR:

SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON 17TH NOVEMBER, 2016 IN KASESE DISTRICT.

The objectives of this finance fair are;

To improve the preparedness and confidence of the 250 farmers entrepreneurs for effective engagement in commercial relationship with financial and Agro-Insurance service providers

To Provide a platform for sharing and learning the agribusiness financial and market opportunities for farmers in the Rwenzori region

Provide a platform for networking, information sharing and making business deals among the value chain actors.

The 1 day fair will include; 

  • Farmers’ preparedness meeting to improve their confidence to engage in commercial relationship
  • Exhibition/Showcasing: Financial service providers, insurance companies and other value chain actors showcase their agri-financial products
  • Pitching and presentations the exhibitors especially financial and agir-insurance service providers.
  • Business to business interactions
  • The on-line

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Posted 4 months 4 days ago

Coffee farmers to get drought insurance cover

"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "

Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.

The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.

Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.

“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impac

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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

SNV Uganda and Dairy Development Authority (DDA) have launched the first ever Practical Dairy Training Farms (PDTFs) in South Western Uganda.


The initiative is part of the four-year Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project that SNV is implementing in the districts of Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Ntungamo, and Sheema in South Western Uganda with funding from the Netherlands Embassy.

“I am very happy that dairy farmers are paying to learn. This is the way to go if we want to increase our productivity and add value to our businesses. Instead of travelling to Kenya and other countries to learn, SNV and Dairy Development Authority have opened three dairy training centres of excellence for the region. We should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to add value to our products. I thank SNV and DDAfor this great initiative.” Hon. Joy Kabatsi, State Minister for Animal Industry said during the launch of the PDTFs in Mbarara. Through the project, SNV and its partners aim

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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Jobs at ISSD

For the new 4 year ISSD plus project, we are recruiting for the following positions:

- Admin manager

- Vegetable manager

- Agribusiness coordinator

- Zonal agribusiness experts

- Zonal seed experts

- And finance officer

Deadline for application is 23rd of October and the full details of the vacancy announcements can be found at www.issduganda.org/news