Mugisha Richard

Knowledge and Innovations Facilitator

Kampala, Uganda

About Me

I started working with AgriProFocus in 2014 and I work as Knowledge and Innovations Facilitator. I facilitate the innovations communities such as Youth in Agribusiness and Gender. The diversity appeals to me, love the networking and hope to inspire people to do farming as a business.

You can contact me about Youth, Gender, innovations in agribusiness development or anything else really! Hope to see or speak to you soon.

My favourite quote: There is no success without a story!

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Posted yesterday at 08:07

Gender Training of Coaches in Kampala, 20th -23rd November, 2017

It was clear that Gender is not all about the deference between men and women but the relationship between the roles and behaviors of men and women. The training is being  facilitated by Jacqueline Terrillon, a senior Gender coach from France. 

The participants were told that, they need to be innovative as they facilitate coaching sessions in their respective communities. Because it was noted that, innovation is a key survival factor in the a world where the only constant is change. Gender mainstreaming was found to be very important because it reduces cases of gender based violence.  

This training takes care of very important areas including; 

-Gender and value chain concepts - theories

-Gender based analysis and planning

-Developing gender sensitive strategies in VCD

-Gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation

-Use of practical gender tools

-Coaching principles and methods

-Peer advice  

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Posted 20 November 2017 at 06:46

Today marks the beginning of the Training of Gender Coaches in Kampala. It is aimed at developing gender mainstreaming capacities of future coaches. 

The training brings together across section of participants from Kenya,  Tanzania, Rwanda,Zimbabwe, Malawi,  Myanmar, France and Uganda. 

Right here participants introducing themselves. 

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Posted 30 October 2017 at 07:15

Govt asked to reform economy for poverty reduction

“More Ugandans are slipping into poverty with the number of poor people increasing from 6.6 million in 2012/13 to 10 million in 2016/17, according to the UNHS report

The Government has been asked to consider reform the economy, to deal with rising levels of poverty in the country. According to Professor Augustus Nuwagaba, an international consultant on economic transformation and an African wealth creation expert, there is need by the government to invest more in productive sectors such as Agriculture and industrialization for improved income generation by Ugandans.

“Majority of the Ugandans are in the agricultural sector which is not well supported. The Agricultural sector is declining because of limited support, there is no way we can reduce poverty in Uganda when majority of the Ugandans in the agricultural sector are still using rudimentary methods,” Nuwagaba said.

Nuwagaba also pointed out land grabbing, which he said

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 October 2017 at 11:37

Food Insecurity in the Country continues to Threaten People's lives.

What could be the problem?

Today is World Food Day but about 69% of the total population of Uganda is food insecure, a report released by the Office of the Prime Minister's Department of relief, disaster preparedness ad Management titled; Food security assessment says. The report further says, food insecurity has been a great threat to Uganda as some Ugandans hardly access a meal a day. It states that, majority of people especially in rural areas survive on porridge and wild roots.

It is believed that; political instabilities in the neighboring countries have led to many immigrants to come to Uganda thus creating tensions where resources especially; land are scarce, poor climatic changes and other related factors have caused food insecurity in the Country. Poor soils and low participation of youth in Agriculture are also lined as a cause of hunger in the Country.

What is Uganda doing about this? Uganda through the

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Agribusiness Youth Caravan 2017

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
  19 August 2017 to 25 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Country wide

The Agribusiness Youth Caravan - 2017

AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness program in partnership with like minded organizations, Institutions, private sector companies and value actors; will create more platforms for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure field visits within and across borders, promote being a part of the cooperatives, household learning, use of mass media and motivational talks. 

This will be a 7-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kampala, through the region and back to the national level as a climax, launching the agribusiness campaign (Feeding the world, changing lives). This caravan will draw participants from all regions of the country. Other successful value actors from different areas will be sharing their own experiences through question and answer approach. 

The caravan will involve the media houses as the ear

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Posted By in Policy Advocacy
Posted 31 March 2017 at 09:43

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 University,

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Posted 31 March 2017 at 08:06

Saving! An important step to becoming financially independent

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, sti

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Posted 15 March 2017 at 10:32

Men's role in Horticulture -from a Gender perspective

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. 

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Posted 13 March 2017 at 12:48

Gender Trajectory Kickoff workshop 2017.

Participants analyzing the key actors in the identified value chain.


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Posted 13 March 2017 at 10:00

AgriProFocus Uganda today kick starts its 5th Gender VC coaching trajectory, 2017.

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 own practice.

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

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 24 January 2017 at 06:51

A Senior Programme Design and Partnership Manager needed by Restless Development

Restless Development is looking for a Senior Programme Design and Partnership Manager

Job title: Senior Program Design and Partnership Manager

Location: Kampala

Salary: Gross annual salary of UGX 80,485,115
Preferred start date: February
Length of contract: 1year renewable
Visa requirements: Restless Development will provide the relevant permit/visa to work in Uganda
Reports: to Country Director
Direct reports: Grants Coordinator and 1 Programme Manager
Expected travel: Some travel to regions possibility of travel for donor meetings within Europe


Interested candidates, please find the, Application details at this link

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 16 January 2017 at 10:28

2 Gender Field Officers needed Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd

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 child labou

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 December 2016 at 01:48

Here we are! Graduation of 2016 candidates 

Anne Marie Kortleve Congratulations to all graduates! 

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Angelica Senders Congratulations indeed!!!

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Posted 8 December 2016 at 12:15

A Gender coachee presenting his case study at the closing workshop today 

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Posted 7 December 2016 at 02:04

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. 

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Posted 30 November 2016 at 07:50

INVITATION TO THE NATIONAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIVE MEETING TO REVIEW AND INPUT IN THE UGANDA STRATEGIC PROGRAMME FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE; 1ST DECEMBER 2016 AT HOTEL AFRICANA

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' engagemen

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Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Richard, can you also put as an event, so it will be added to the calendar automatically? Thanks!

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Posted 28 November 2016 at 01:49

The Youth can transform the Agri-food sector

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 youth-l

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STEPHEN OBORE this is great when is this project kicking off im in great support of it and would as well like to take part in it

11 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 17 November 2016 at 12:07

Farmers to open Bank accounts in order to access financial services.  Finance Fair Kasese in Progress. 


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FINANCIAL LITERACY INFORMATION SHARING GROUP (FLISG) MEETI

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  23 November 2016, 08:30-16:30
  Golf Course Hotel-Kampala

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 November 2016

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Posted 31 October 2016 at 03:11

CLIMATE CHANGE; A BIG THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY IN UGANDA.


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 ha

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