In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to "create the future we want in 2030."
SDGs & Her is an online competition for women micro-entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the SDGs through their business operations.
Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to Washington DC, for an event at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2019 , where they will showcase their achievements.
To be eligible you must:
be a woman owner of a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years
own a micro-enterprise, with at least 1 and no more than 9 employees
have a loan eligibility of under USD $10,000 or annual sales of under USD $100,000
The Global Nutrition Report is the world’s leading report on the state of global nutrition. It is data-led and produced independently each year to cast a light on where progress has been made and to identify where challenges remain. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world.
Every year, the Global Nutrition Report aims to inspire governments, civil society and private stakeholders to act to end malnutrition in all its forms. It also plays the important role of helping hold stakeholders to account on the commitments they have made towards tackling malnutrition.
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It identifies where major problems still lie – and thus where actions are needed to consolidate progress and fill major ga... Read more
Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District has emerged the winner of the 2018 Best Farmer’s Awards, becoming the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened. My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit, she said. She was given a plaque and dummy cheque worth sh50m from dfcu Bank.
The 2nd overall winner, Alosious Lubega from Wakiso District and the third overall, Julius Bataamye from Kamuli district were also handed dummy cheques worth sh30m and sh20m, respectively.
The 2018 Best Farmer’ Competition award winners were unveiled on Friday night at colorful ceremony held the New Vision head-offices in Kampala.
The colorful ceremony started at around 6:30pm although the guests began arriving as early as 4:00pm. The awarding stage was decorated with fresh ready to harvest bananas, sugarcane, simsim... Read more
Climate change is a global threat to sustainable development and food security. In developing countries, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources as the main livelihood strategy, is making farmers, especially women, extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach to ensure food security, increase productivity and incomes, build resilience to climate change, and reduce emissions from agricultural systems. Gender, however, is a critical dimension of CSA that cannot be ignored as gender inequalities can hinder the transition to CSA for millions of farmers.
To see transformative changes in agriculture and food systems in a changing climate, all stakeholders, including scientists, governments and development practitioners, must tackle gender issues. By mainstreaming gender into CSA, identifying the constraints and needs of women and men farmers, and providing opportunities to accelerate CSA a... Read more
The Gender coaching trajectory supported by the AgriProFocus Uganda network, drew participants from two organizations. TRIAS and ISSD with a country wide scope of West Nile, Northern Uganda, Central and South Western Uganda. The trajectory began with a kick off workshop in March 2017 which equipped the participants to develop Gender action Plans.
The results of their learning and applied practice involved four case studies from the trajectory on a range of issues including access to finance, the impact of the application of the GALS and household methodologies and also a testimony to the benefits of spending the resources and effort to design and integrate gender sensitive analysis and strategic interventions.
Further to this all the members of the trajectory took the opportunity to sensitize their organizations and integrate Gender interventions and strategies with their clients, providing a good foundation on which to mainstream good gender pra... Read more
When Kasifa Odu took a loan in 2010 from the Micro Finance Support Centre (MSC) to start a farming project, she was not exactly sure how the venture would turn out. Two years later, the venture has blossomed into a range of farm projects at her mixed farm. The farmer is into poultry keeping, citrus fruits farming, banana growing and livestock farming.
How Odu started
It all started when in 2010 Odu, a Senior Two dropout, saw an advert in a newspaper inviting young people to apply for loans from the MSC through Olio Savings Cooperative Society. Olio is an affiliate to MSC.
She tried her luck; and was surprised when the officers from the fund came to assess her land, history with the Sacco, as well as her project proposal, and concluded that she qualified for the Shs250,000 loan. On the farm, Odu established a poultry farm, housing kuroilers, broilers and turkeys.
From the poultry, Odu is able to earn about Shs5m per season. She sells mature chicken t... Read more
A farming project that ropes in both husband and wife has brought food security and cohesion to a family in Mubende.
Margaret Lutaaya managed to harvest more than 700kgs of beans from the land she has been cultivating in Kawagalo Village, Bukuya Sub-county in Mubende District 118km from Kampala. “I can even pay school fees for my daughters and take care of my husband.”
Over a decade ago, Lutaaya was engaged in unfruitful mixed farming with poor harvests for more than 30 years. She recalls, with pain, the pressure of paying school fees for her seven children. She did not believe that she would become this self-reliant.
Convincing her husband who was doing odd jobs as a builder, she opted to go into farming on a large scale.
Starting out was a gamble. She first convinced her husband, Paul Lutaaya, who she has been married to for more than 30 years, to quit his job to join hands and increase yields.
The results were obvio... Read more
For 45 years, all Mirabu Kasiime has known is farming. She grew up in an agricultural family and apart from providing food, even the money for the family’s daily needs were earned from their small inter-cropped garden. Until last year, Kasiime, a resident of Kyagaju Village in Sheema District, never knew that insuring her banana plantation made any sense at all.
Yet, the number of farmers guarding against natural hazards has started to increase since government rolled out premium subsidies under the Uganda Agriculture Insurance Scheme (UAIS). According to figures from the Uganda Insurers Association (UIA) the number of farmers accessing subsidies from government has increased from 30,000 to 40,000 farmers – a marked interest in the services.
Government introduced the scheme offering a premium subsidy to hedge farmers against agriculture risks/natural disasters such as floods, drought or fires.
The 45-year-old Kasiime, a prima... Read more
Every first day of October, the 77 Member States of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and dozens of coffee associations from around the globe join in celebration of the annual International Coffee Day. International Coffee Day (ICD) is a global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop — an opportunity to honour the women and men who grow and harvest the coffee we love. In Uganda, the International Coffee Day will be celebrated on Thursday 4 October 2018 at Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MUZARDI).
Under the theme ‘Women in Coffee’, the International Coffee Day celebrations will be attended by members of the IWCA Uganda Chapter and interested members of the general public. The Guest of Honor will be the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The IWCA Uganda Chapter President will deliver the Keynote Address. The Managing Director of the U... Read more
Uganda is endowed with a number of traditional vegetables, which are consumed in fresh form. They include cabbage, bitter berries, okra, french beans, sukuma wiki, cowpeas and many others. Vegetables are a major source of vitamins and fibre. However, because vegetables are highly perishable and coupled with lack of storage facilities, farmers sell them quickly before they dry or wither.
In most cases, farmers are paid little as they cannot negotiate for good prices for their produce.
Jacob Kato, a vegetable farmer who is a resident of Kyampisi Village, Kayunga District has decided to dry his cowpea commonly known as ggobe to extend his vegetable’s shelf life and earn more.
Ggobe is a traditional vegetable that is a delicacy to many people, especially in northern and eastern Uganda. Kato says initially he could sell his fresh vegetables to traders in Nakasero and Nakawa markets, who used to pay him little money as he was always in a hurry to sel... Read more
RUCODE women empowerment program for resilience and adaptation against climate change is looking for partnership with INGOs from Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Holland, Iceland, Finland) to respond to a call for proposal from Nordic Climate facility (NCF) deadline due on 30th August 2018. The Nordic organization shall be the lead partnership and funds will be requested by this organization. The Concept by RUCODE on climate smart business is ready for polishing and submission. RUCODE is a Global Award winner for Women for Results UNFCCC Momentum for Change Light House Activities 2016. The sector is climate smart business for women and youths empowerment focusing on value chains for clean cook-stoves, bee keeping and renewable solar energy products. contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: +256772593513
Jowellia Namubiru initiated the women group majoring in Sweet potato value chain after a skills training. The group is currently prospering from sale of value added sweet potato products.
“We are a women group called Bajamasaga Sweet Potato Growers and Processors based in Luweero. The entire group comprises 100 members with majority engaged in farming but we are 10 women involved in value addition. We started this initiative in 2016 after acquiring training skills by scientist from Naro and Makerere University. The experts told us to embrace use of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes because it is good in restoring vision and it nourishes our health,” says Namubiru.
The team picked on processing sweet potato flour out of which they bake, chapatti, bread, cakes of all types, doughnuts, sweet potato cookies, juice and biscuits among others.
• One kilogramme of sweet potato flour has to be mixed with two kilogrammes of wheat flour to mak... Read more
With the high amount of rains we early received this year, everyone can say it has been a good season, because of the bumper harvests by farmers. According to the East African Regional maize supply and market outlook report, 2017, Uganda is ranked one of the maize surplus-producing countries in East Africa.
However, these bumper maize harvests are currently suffocating the market with the prices of the products such as maize grains, maize bran and maize flour falling to record lows. Victor Kawuki, a maize farmer and trader shares that prices have been affected by stable inflow of maize from the local communities and could still decline further as farmers are harvesting more maize.
... Read moreSince the prices were low the previous season, people hoarded maize expecting the prices to go up, which did not happen. This time around, a lot of people grew maize, so, the fresh maize found some old maize in the stores from the previous season pushi
The work place as we know is where we spend the most productive time of our working lives. It is also a place of immense growth and learning, if we choose to learn. One of the SNV Uganda staff Pheonah Omach has chosen to learn.
Every work day she is in the office by 7am where she dons on her work hat as the Human Resources & Operations Manager for SNV Uganda. At the end of the work day, Pheonah takes off her HR hat and reverts back to her farming lifestyle.
You see, Pheonah has a secret passion – farming. Living on a one acre piece of land in Buwate, one of the suburbs around Kampala, Pheonah and her husband explored ways to optimise their land and make additional revenue. They decided to rear chicken for eggs as well as for meat.
Their enterprise while promising however, soon became a source of irritation not only to her family but her workers who month after month would leave after being hired. Her chicken droppings were stinking up the... Read more
The baseline studies of the EOWE programme show that the success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets.
Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme developed a contextualised Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy in order to create more equal income and business opportunities and a socially enabling environment for women entrepreneurship in agricultural value chains.
The household dialogue sessions also facilitate
Ugandan Finance minister Matia Kasaija has urged ministries, departments and government agencies to focus on implementing gender and equity within their sectors or risk having their budgets approved by Parliament.
During a gender and equity stakeholders forum held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, the minister not only emphasised that agencies, ministries and departments provide an inclusive budget that addresses the different development concerns for all, but also launched the national training curriculum and manuals for technical officers. Hence its importance in economic growth.
In February 2015, President Yoweri Museveni assented to the Public Finance Management Act. Provisions of gender and equity budgeting of the Act, oblige MDAs to address gender and equity issues in the budget framework papers, ministerial policy st... Read moreWe do not want to leave anybody behind, therefore every Ugandan must be given the opportunity to make money and become rich, Kasaija said.
Are you Interested in Gender and agriculture research? Am looking for an anthropologist /sociologist with
Ability to speak Ateso or Luo. He or she should be
willing to work for 13 months. Project area will be Eastern and Northern Uganda. Masters students in need of research funds and are willing to research on gender dynamics in seed systems are also welcome to apply.
Among the participants, five partners of UTZ, the certification organization, wished to polish their gender and mainstreaming knowledge and skills in order to ensure women coffee producers get a fair share of the benefits accruing from this activity.
AgriProFocus’ main innovation through this TOT and its tailor-made coaching is to combine coaching principles with both gender mainstreaming theories and tools and systemic approaches to V... Read more
Hi Everyone, I am Asimenye Chitika a recent participant of the just concluded Gender in Value chains coaches training in Kampala. I am from Malawi, working with Dan Church Aid as the Right to Food Programme Officer. The training was such an enlightening experience for me, learning the so many tools that will help us uncover how best we can make value chains more gender responsive was priceless. Value chains will never be the same again in my organisation:), I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I gained and providing updates on the progress made. Thank you Agri Pro Focus until next time
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.
Our profe... Read more