The Friendly and Provocative Discussion on Wednesday 14/03/2012 is about what would be the merits of an on line farmers' magazine as a source of information for both existing and potential farmers?
Most Ugandans, especially the youth shun farming. The reasons vary. Some consider it dirty, unprofitable, very risky and a reserve for the uneducated! Yet in truth though, farming can be very profitable and rewarding if it weren't for the lack of knowledge about farming and sheer prejudice! The question is therefore: What would be the merits of an online farmers' magazine as a source of valuable information for both existing and potential farmers most especially a new crop of farmers?
The Friendly and Provocative Discussion on Wednesday 08/02/2012 is about how to increase the benefits of the on line platform of Agri-Hub Uganda (Ning)?
The number of professionals on the on line Agri-Hub Uganda grew with about 235%; from 307 professional in 2010 to 718 by the end of 2011. The number of announcements increased by more then 300%; from about 90 in 2010 to about 280 in 2011. These figures show that the on line Agri-Hub Uganda has been growing very fast in 2010. The challenge is to sustain this success and even grow further. Therefore:
What are your experiences and how can the on line platform be improved?
The Friendly and Provocative Discussion on Wednesday 14/12/2011 is about the impact of agri business support. Moreover, despite the huge amounts of money that have been pumped into Uganda's agri businesses sector in the last decades, the sector is still greatly underdeveloped. Why is this the case when donors and government statistics claim that thousands of farmers have been trained, processing plants have been financed and so on and so on..?
The Friendly and Provocative Discussion on Wednesday 9/11/2011 is about the use of basic terms. Some say that English words don’t have single meanings as this depends on the context. You also often find different definition or explanation about the same term used in the begin of reports.
For example the IFPRI, Value chains for staple food crops in Uganda: Impediments and options for improvement states "A value chain is composed of activities and services that bring a product from conception to end use in a particular industry." while FIT Uganda for their Pilot's Eye - Handbook access to Markets for Smallholder Farmers adopted a definition from KIT namely “A Value Chain is a specific type of supply chain, one where the chain actors actively seek to support each other so they can increase their efficiency and competitiveness. They invest time, effort and money and build relationships with other actors in order to reach a common goal of satisfying consumer need so they can all increase their profits.” (Un... Read more
Who has an interesting subject for the next Provocative Discussion?
So far we had three provocative discussions that were very interesting, informative and well attended. The first one was about; Why can’t we work together? The second one: Why is agriculture considered to be the last resort, something for poor people who don't have anything else to do? And the third one: Agri-Business organisations often lack adequate leadership which is a major bottle-neck for their success. If you have a question or issue that you would like to discuss with others please let us know.
Who wants to help to organise the Provocative Discussions?
The discussions are held in a friendly, informal and social environment at the Cafe Ballet (Nakasero, Kampala). Theyare scheduled every second Wednesday of the months, so the next one is on the 13th of July. Organising these discussions does not take much time. It only involves identifying and selecting a subject, announcing it on the APF and introducing it... Read more
The article written by Jörg Wiegratz is very interesting as it provides an insight of the effects of Uganda's adoption of the neoliberal reform package that have targeted the reshaping not only of the economy but also of the society and culture. This article is free for you to view until June 30th 2011
Other articles published by Taylor & Francis Group that have been selected to showcase research highlighting Business & Economics relating to the continent of Africa and that are free to view are listed in the attached flyer, which can also be downloaded from http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/access/AfricaDay2011-Business-and-Economics.pdf
Please find attached a write-up of our 2nd Provocative Discussion, 11 May 2011 on Why is agriculture considered to be the last resort.
Our next discussion is scheduled for 8 June 2011, 6 pm at Cafe Ballet.
Any suggestion for a subject is most welcome.
Peter van Bussel