Kampala, Uganda

About Us

ABOUT CATALIST-Uganda CATALIST-Uganda project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN), began in July 2012 and was officially launched in January 2013 at a ceremony presided over by the Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi (MP), the Ugandan Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). The project with a goal to sustainably commercialize smallholder agriculture through improved productivity and market development, resulting in marketable surpluses that raise farm incomes in Uganda, and increase regional food security for the wider East Africa and Great Lakes Region. Starting with the ‘pull’ of the market by working with commodities for which there is strong demand, CATALIST-Uganda employs a systems approach to develop integrated cropping systems around priority commodities of Irish potato, cassava, oil seeds (sunflower and soybean) and rice combined with an accelerated cluster development approach appropriate for Uganda. OBJECTIVE To achieve its goal, the CATALIST-Uganda project continues to address, and be guided by the two interrelated objectives, namely: 1.Improving Smallholder farmers’ production, productivity and quality in commodity-specific cropping systems (production push): The production push focuses on increasing smallholder farmers’ productivity through yield improvements and productivity cost reductions of the selected commodities. Attainment of this objective was pursued through activities that focused on creating, demonstrating and disseminating IFDC’s Commercialized Sustainable Farming Systems (CSFS) and improved post-harvest handling that reduce losses and improve product quality. 2.Adding value to smallholder farmers through creation of Agribusiness clusters and linking them to National, Regional (East African) and International/Dutch markets (market pull): Market pull is the starting point for value chain development and for IFDC’s Competitive Agricultural Systems and Enterprises (CASE) approach. Realization of this objective was pursued through implementation of activities aimed at establishment of supplier-buyer relationships with agribusiness of all sizes – from small local processors to large national and multinational enterprises. These relationships are essential in provision of important market opportunities and shaping the development of viable Agribusiness Clusters (ABCs). In order to facilitate entry into National, Regional and International markets, CATALIST-Uganda has continued to concentrate on facilitating the processing of primary produce, product development, diversification and market development. To achieve this, the project catalyzes the development and scaling-out of functional and dynamic ABCs, in which value chain operators, supporters and enablers collaborate to seize business opportunities.

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