AgriProFocus Uganda is proud to present its Annual Report of 2015. The report provides an overview of our network’s results following the priorities as set in our annual plan 2014. Let’s provide a quick glance at these results.
In 2015, AgriProFocus Uganda achieved more than was planned given the growth in demand for our services. The launch of the new online platform and social media engagement increased our visibility to more than 35,000 stakeholders signing up, visiting and following our discussions.
Some of the highlights for AgriProFocus Uganda 2015 Agenda was the network managed to achieve 6 major strategic things;
a) Growth the network from 3,500 to 4,500 stakeholders
b) Conducted a stakeholder analysis to understand our member needs,
c) Explored visibility in other regions of Mbarara, Masindi and Kitgum
d) Supported cross country activities i.e. The Innovation and Trade event horticulture event and the anti... Read more
Dear our esteemed members,
I have the pleasure to share with you our Annual Plan for 2016. We highly appreciate the input from our members, partners and other stakeholders. Therefore, this plan has been compiled based on contributions during [the steering committee meeting on 29th Sept 2015 and the network day/consultation held o... Read more
Key note Address at the AgriProFocus Uganda Network Day | Celebrating 6 years in Uganda
Thoughts about the value of networks and why the mission of AgriProFocus is so important.
Agribusiness development is no longer about access to finance, access to knowledge or access to markets. It’s about the human factor. There is enough finance available for agriculture, but there aren’t enough eligible agribusinesses to invest in.
We often assume that forging agribusiness relationships and bringing businesses together is based upon common interests and a professional calculation of business threats and opportunities in the marketplace, creating shared value between moral, rational and intelligent partners, based upon agreements that are respected.
How different is reality. In Uganda and regrettably many places in the world, we actually live in a low trust environmen... Read more
June 20th was Impact Journalism Day, a global media campaign to spotlight solutions. The Huffington Post is one of more than 45 news organizations committed to publishing solutions-based stories that can inspire change on a global level.
Harriet Nakabaale, 45, a resident of Kawaala, Uganda, a Kampala suburb, lives in a small one-bedroom house set on a plot of land measuring 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. This is typical for many peri-urban poor households who cannot afford the luxury of spacious lawns and tree-lined driveways.
Despite the small size, Ms Nakabaale has turned her small compound into a neat green garden that has become the envy of many and has now become a demonstration garden of sorts.
Nakabaale apparently learnt sack farming from her parents who used to practice it at home on a small scale. In fact, growing up she was always told that every wo... Read more
Dear AgriProFocus Member
You are invited to participate and exhibit at the annual national agricultural trade show organised by the Uganda National Farmers' Federation - UNFFE.
Venue: Jinja at the Source of the Nile. The Show Ground has been zoned to give focus on agriculture. Exhibitors and Show goers are all invited.
Chairman Show Board: Patrick Kiirya 0772 644 197
Show Manager: Peter Kisambira 0772 602 035
Assistant Show Manager: Paul Oteba 0782 767 952
Events Manager: Henry Wanfuko 0782 646 495
Interview with Retired Col. Dick Bijingo
An interview was held with Col Dick Bijingo the best Dairy farmer in Uganda for 2014. He is an interesting, entrepreneurial dairy farmer, very professional and most importantly very practical. He has participated in several activities of AgriProFocus and has been identified as a model farmer in the Uganda dairy sector. Here is what he had to say.
I was born in 1955 from a cattle keeping culture in Western Uganda commonly referred to as the cattle corridor. I served in the Uganda Defense Forces for 26 years and 241 days and retired at the rank of colonel. On retirement, I needed to make a financially sustainable plan for the future of my family. I was compelled to transform from the traditional cattle keeping culture to modern commercial livestock farming. It is at that poi... Read more
What are the drivers of smallholder inclusion? What drives and limits farmers' inclusion in the oilseed value chain in Uganda and what light does this shed on the implicit assumptions of the value chain development (VCD) approach? This report presents insights of a collaborative research by SNV and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on the inclusion of smallholder farmers in the oilseed value chain in Uganda. The results challenge some common precepts of value chain development (VCD). The influence of risk in farmers' decision making, the dominant role of cash, the competition provided by independent traders, and the limitations of producer organisations all point to a need to design VCD interventions and 'inclusion' around the reality of smallholder engagement in markets. It also points to the fundamental importance of sector coordination to address the provision of public goods that can rai... Read more
- Are you an Irrigation expert/consultant?
- Do you have more than 5 years of experience as an expert on irrigation?
- Would you like to be contacted in the near future for any emerging opportunities regarding irrigation?
If so, kindly send your updated CV to Pheonah Omach at POmach@snvworld.org
Dear AgriProFocus Member,
Thank you for your interest in certified organic and Fair for Life Social and Fair Trade farming practices.
We will be holding a one day introduction training on Wednesday May 13th from 9am to 5pm at our Jakana Foods factory to review your eligibility for becoming NOP and EU organic certified and Fair For Life (FFL) certified under Jakana Foods Ltd certification.
1) Have at least 1 to 20+ acres of land which you would commit to farming under strict organic certification rules. If any chemicals used in last 3 years, it will require a conversion period. At first, we prefer to concentrate in Kayunga/Luwero/Mukono Districts based on the location of our driers, but we are open to other locations.
2) Commitment to follow social and fair trade practices, including environmental protection, under the FFL certification rules.
3) Products required: M2 Pineapple, dodo "salad" mango, yellow/orange-flesh(not red) papaya, jackfruit, a... Read more
MPs reject 5bn Shillings allocation to USAFI Market in favor of
The AgriProFocus Uganda Nyama platform is spearheading the fight againg FMD and in that regard are working together with the parliament of Uganda to push for government action on the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). Nyama platform managed to get the attention of the parliamentary committee on agriculture and as a result, a motion on Foot and mouth disease was presented on the floor of parliament to. We are happy to say that the motion was seconded 100% by all parliamentarians and as such sonome actions are being taken effectively. Some of them include MPs rejecting government allocation of Sh. 5bn to USAFI market but instead to be added to the Agriculture budget in favor of FMD.
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Through their collaboration under the AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a cow Uganda, Heifer international/EADD , Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), and Brookside Sameer are organising a Dairy Stakeholder Event 2015. The event is aimed at promoting consumption under the theme “Drink Milk for Health”. The event is scheduled to take place on 16th and 17th September at UMA show grounds.OBJECTIVES:
The overall goal of the event is to promote the consumption of dairy products. The specific objectives include;
1. To sensitize the public on the benefits of consuming milk and other dairy products
2. To share existing strategies for promoting milk consumption
3. To advocate for policies that promote milk consumption
4. To provide a platform for networking and partnership building opportunities in the dairy sector
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Entrance fee to the conference sessions is UGX 50,000 for the two days
Book a stand now and enjoy t... Read more
The event will aim at;
1. Identifying the roles played and challenges faced by different household members (men, women, and children) as actors across the value-chain.
2. Advocating for policies and frameworks that promote gender equity in agricultural value-chains.
3. Providing a platform for networking and partnership building opportunities in all value chains in the region.
Come network, learn, share and increase your knowledge on the importance of gender equity in agricultural value chain and the best gender equity practices that can translate into productivity and profitability for households and communities in south-western region.
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- Date: 23rd and 24th April 2015
- Venue: Lira hotel, Lira District
- Watch Video - here
- View full report - here
- Pictoral View - to be shared soon
Whereas Agriculture accounts for 22% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it is evident that there is an ageing farmer population in most of the regions in Uganda hence the need for young farmers to take up the mantle. In the quest to commercialize agriculture, the Government and other key actors need to provide productive alternatives for the engagement of youth into Agribusiness.
It's against such a background that the AgriProFocus Youth innovative community in Agribusiness came up with the idea to organize regional conferences, with an overall objective of inspiring and mentoring the youth to uptake agribusiness entrepreneurship. The northern region event held in Lira drew over 20 exhibitors, over 250 participants mainly you... Read more
- Date: 23rd and 24th April 2015
- Venue: Kati Kati Africa
- Full report: To be shared soon
- View the event's Pictorial here
AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, aBi trust, UNFFE, NORGAMU, Nabagereka Development Foundation, NARI Kawanda and RECO industries organized a national fruit event under the theme: ‘’FRUITS PAY’’ The overall goal of the event was to stimulate innovations and trade in the fruit sector within the region.
The event attracted over 150 participants and 18 exhibitors and it brought together stakeholders from across the country to exchange information, share innovative business skills to assist people in the fruits sector to showcase, sell and buy fruit products.
The keynote address was delivered by John Kavuma, the president of the Federation of Association of Uganda Exporters. In his speech he remarked, ‘’Market for frui... Read more
Final Programme for the 2015 National Fruit Event 23rd and 24th April 2014 @Kati-Kati Africa
Are you fired up for the national fruit event like I am? Please do not miss the opportunity to participate and this great event; participate and contribute to the great discussions around experiences from different sector placers, processing, marketing, financing in the sector and finally visiting the exhibitions. Do not miss this opportunity to meet and greet and do business with potential business contacts with in the fruits sector.
For details about the events read more..
Download the event program here.
ITOCA in collaboration with Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University would like to invite applications from eligible institutions for acquiring TEEAL sets.
A total of 132 sets will be awarded to institutions in six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda).
About TEEAL: The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL), produced by Albert R. Mann library, Cornell University is a digital collection of research journals for agriculture and related sciences. Researchers, students, faculty and librarians can discover and access thousands of full-text PDF articles without the use of the internet.
BRIEF ABOUT THE 2015 NATIONAL SEED EVENT
Date: 26th February 2015
Venue: Kati Kati Africa
Theme: "Access to Quality Seed for Improved Livelihoods"
Event Report: View details here
Sneak peek: View more photos of the event here
The seed sector continues to face several challenges such as; low quality seed, limited availability and accessibility of foundation seed. Overcoming these challenges requires collective actions from the different stakeholders in the seed sector. It is therefore against such a background that AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Uganda organized the national seed event with the objective of (I) raising awareness amongst stakeholders on production and access of quality seed (II) providing networking and product promotion opportunities to stakeholders in the seed sector. The event drew over 300 participants out of which 170 were male and 130 femal... Read more