Gloria Kyomugisha

Marketing & Communication Facilitator

Kampala, Uganda

About Me

Hello there! I am the Marketing and Communications Facilitator for AgriProFocus Uganda, I am here to support you on any help you may need on this online platform: whether signing up or posting an update. My job is to make you feel at home on this platform and inspire you to share continuous updates and interactions.

I am passionate about agribusiness; and an especially keen interest in gender in value chains development.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 22 hours ago

Insurance: Security against natural hazards:

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.

Proud Kasiime

The 45-year-old Kasiime, a prima

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Farmers urged to invest in the walking tractor: 

For most farmers, working with tractors is the desirable way to till large chunks of land in order to earn sizeable profit. But the cost of tractors holds back the dreams of such small-holder farmers.

Joseph Nsereko, a groundnut and maize farmer in Kiryandongo District, who acquired a two-wheel walking tractor in 2017 says the multi-purpose hand pushed machine which can do the work of 10 able-bodied men, is the new hope. It is called a walking tractor because the person operating it has to walk behind it.

Before he bought the tractor in 2017, Nsereko says, he used to hire farm labourers each at Shs7,000 per day to till his land. This was accompanied by feeding costs as they went about their work. All this changed when he visited a friend’s farm in Luweero.

I realised I could save for farm input and invest in other farm activities. When I do not operate the tractor myself, I hire a labourer. I only buy fuel and the farm is ready

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted yesterday at 09:22

Rethinking fertilizer management practices

Northern Uganda, which has vast tracts of uncultivated land and where most of the population are subsistence farmers, has traditionally lagged behind other regions when it comes to fertilizer use.

According to findings released by NU-TEC market development programme, Uganda has the lowest fertilizer use in the East African region yet northern Uganda, which has been through the tribulations of the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency, is adapting slowly.

Collins Apuoyo, the team leader of NU-TEC programme, explains that the current size of fertilizer market in northern Uganda is 6,083 metric tonnes annually although it is estimated to grow by 50 per cent over the next five years.

Out of this, 92 per cent of the fertilizers is consumed by contract farming schemes and commercial farmers.

Apuoyo says that challenges abound on fertiliser use and yet the scope is limited to mainly maize and rice farmers, a thing he admits can be changed through sensitisation.

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Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 17 October 2018 at 02:03

Uganda Tea stakeholders' attend learning exchange visit:

Tea is Uganda’s third most important agricultural export earner after coffee and fish. It is one of the commodities selected for the government strategic intervention programme for National Development aiming at promoting production, processing, marketing and export of strategic commodities in the agricultural sector. Tea has contributed approximately 3.6% of Uganda’s export earnings over the last five years and is recognized to be with higher potentials to contribute more to national income, employment and environment conservation. 

Despite the good performance and its socio-economic importance, the tea sub-sector is replete with many challenges along the entire value chain. Key among the many include the lack of a comprehensive national tea policy, low research funding, poor quality of planting materials, inferior clones, low quality of tea green leaf hence poor quality of processed tea, low operational capacities of some

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 17 October 2018 at 08:50

Tea prices continue to drop: 

Farm-gate tea prices, especially in the districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi and Buhweju have been falling in the last three months, leaving farmers to count losses.

The farmers most of whom are shareholders of Igara Growers Tea Factory which has over 7,000 members, indicate that prices for the green leaf tea has been falling, from Shs600 in August to Shs550 in September and then Shs470 this month.

Speaking at a farmers meeting in Nyakashaka Trading Centre, Buhweju District, farmers said the cost of production continues to skyrocket against low returns.

“Tea growing is a business, some of us operate on bank loans and when prices fall in this way it means banks will take our property we tendered as security,” said Mr Mujurizi,a tea farmer but also district councilor in Buhweju.

Former Buhweju MP Ephraim Biraro said despite having a company that should keep farmers informed on what is happening in the market, they only dictate to them with prices.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2018 at 06:44

Extra! Extra! Read all about the AgriProFocus Uganda network updates:

Curious to know what programmes AgriProFocus Uganda have facilitated in the last two months? Read our bi-monthly newsletter which includes a number of highlights in #InclusiveAgribusiness #Gender in Value chains stories as well as plans for the next quota.

Our #newsletter is out! 

Read it here https://mailchi.mp/agriprofocus/uganda-network-updates

Happy Reading!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 October 2018 at 06:53

Celebrating World Food Day:

The Uganda edition of the World Food Day is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

This year, the celebrations will take place at the Nabuin Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

The theme for this year is: “A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible.”

World Food Day (WFD) was established by the member countries of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in November 1979, at the organization’s 20th General Conference. Dr. Pal Romany, the Hungarian Delegation led by the then Minister of Hungary for Agriculture and Food, played a significant role at the 20th General Conference of the FAO and proposed the idea of launching the WFD worldwide. Since then, the WFD is been observed in more than 150 countries every year; raising consciousness and knowledge of the problems and reasons behind hunger and poverty.

Why World Food Day is Celebrated

The

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 15 October 2018 at 07:43

How a WhatsApp group is demystifying goat marketing:

The Goaters Network was opened on March 17, 2015. It was soon inundated by frustrated goat farmers. From the onset, group conversations tended to lean more towards the fact that they were being terribly cheated by traders.

The group had been created by Jacqueline Tugume, an exasperated goat farmer herself. She was looking to connect with other farmers, in the hope of sharing ideas and helping each other solve the common problems, among which was better goat prices.

Tugume had been running a goat farm since 2007. As a stay-home mother, the goat farm was all she had as her personal source of income. But the middlemen had frustrated her without end for years. When she created the group, she was pleasantly surprised to find that all the other goat farmers were looking for ways of cutting off the middlemen.

For months, the conversation raged on. No one knew what to do. Members cried that no matter where you took your goats for sale, you were always boxed

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 12 October 2018 at 09:36

Red creole onion in blooming harvests:

Perfect for salads and sandwiches! Red Creole Onion (Allium cepa) is a brilliant red short day type — best grown in the highlands and low lands of Uganda— with medium sized flattened bulbs. The flavor is pleasantly pungent and not too sweet. A good keeper! (110 days) Approx.4 months.

Onions can be grown in a wide range of climatic conditions; they are quite hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -6⁰c. However, good bulb formation requires temperatures from 15.5⁰c with an optimum temperature of 21- 27⁰c.

Soil Requirements

• Onions do best in well drained soils that are at least 650mm deep, shallow soil may be utilised, but with adoptions in management practices.

• Ensuring a PH range of 6.02 – 6.8. Lower PH levels can result in problems in regard to micronutrient uptake.

Seedbed Preparation

• On well-drained soil, prepare a fine and even seedbed.

• It is advisable to use seedling trays to ensure that little or

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Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 11 October 2018 at 01:24

Farmers invest in Romaine Lettuce:

Romaine lettuce is a tasty, popular type of lettuce. Romaine grows in tall heads of sturdy leaves and is very heat tolerant. It gets its name from the Romans, who likely imported it from either Greece or (more likely) Arabia. It is the primary lettuce used in Caesar salads and is popular in many dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine.

Nutritionally, Romaine has all of the benefits of most green, leafy foods. It is full of antioxidants as well as trace minerals and fiber.

Growing Conditions for Romaine Lettuce

Romaine requires 65-70 days to mature from seed. Although heat tolerant, Romaine grows best in cooler climes and prefers moisture rich, well-drained soil. Giving the plants plenty of water and good soil will speed growing. The faster Romaine grows, the crisper the leaves.

How to Plant Romaine Lettuce

Romaine grows well in nearly all types of gardens if given enough sunlight and good soil. Romaine can be grown in pots, started indoors from seeds, or sown directl

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NYAKATO MOREEN I'm in love with this, and i grow a lot of lettuce, do you have market because i can grow as much as possible.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 11 October 2018 at 09:23

Farmers advocate for conservation of indigenous seed:

Through their combative efforts, the farmers have developed a community seed security system where they plant and distribute amongst themselves. They have also introduced field farm schools.

As fear rises amongst farmers about the possible extinction of indigenous seeds, efforts towards their conservation have been stepped up with farmers’ groups at the forefront.

Through their combative efforts, the farmers have developed a community seed security system where they plant and distribute amongst themselves. They have also introduced field farm schools.

Vicky Lokwiya, 64, from Iriaga parish Laroo division in Gulu municipality said, the intention is not only to have high quality seeds but also for the community to learn from the farm schools.

They encourage none use of chemicals with emphasis being put on use of local methods to kill pests and diseases so that the seeds are kept in their original form.

Lokwiya, who is also the chairperson o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:29

Lira Farm Clinic to focus on citrus and dairy farming:

Dr Turyagenda reveals that citrus and dairy are the most sought after agribusiness enterprises in northern Uganda but unfortunately they are threatened by the climate change scourge.

“They are exposed to the drought in the area which makes their production difficult for the farmers,” he said. “They are exposed to the drought in the area which makes their production difficult for the farmers,” he said.

“The Farm Clinic will try to teach the crop agronomy, disease and pest management, value addition and post harvest and handling of citrus which will offer a lasting remedy,” Dr Turyagenda added.

He stresses that the dairy sector in northern Uganda may not be booming as it is in the western and central regions but there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially with farming initiatives like the Farm Clinics.

“The dairy production was greatly affected by the Lord’s Resistence Army (LRA) insurgence, so it needs rehabilit

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 8 October 2018 at 12:08

Scientists aim to boost maize production by 30 per cent:

Maize farmers continue to lose in times of bumper harvests. However, scientists engaged in developing improved varieties at the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge are looking at available options to reverse this painful trend. To them the production of maize and other priority crops such as rice and beans is inadequate as far as commercialisation and satisfying the export market is concerned.

NaCRRI is working with partners under Technologies for Africa Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) with an aim to boost maize production by 30 per cent in order to make Africa food secure and gain a sizeable share in the export market.

This project covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Dr Jonas Chianu from Africa Development Bank, who is coordinating the project, explains that funding worth $120 million (Shs457b) has so far been allocated

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Posted By in Promoting Agribiz Investment Networking & Trade
Posted 5 October 2018 at 06:49

How to build successful B2B linkages in the agriculture sector:

Private sector plays a crucial role in the development of the agricultural sector across global markets. Not only are local small and medium enterprises considered essential for economic progress in most developing countries, but larger “lead firms” are increasingly establishing closer ties with SME suppliers due to rising standards in food regulations, traceability, and transparency.

When lead firms establish linkages with SME processors and suppliers, the potential for win-win outcomes soars. Lead firms can lower supply chain risks, reduce costs, and increase access to local quality products, while SMEs gain access to new markets, financing, and skills, as well as generate significant local employment and income opportunities.

According to a recent study completed by the infoDev unit of the World Bank — conducted by Agland Investment Services, a subsidiary of Dexis Consulting Group — partnerships between lead firms and SME

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 4 October 2018 at 01:54

Recruiting the youth to agriculture: Advice from young researchers

For a food-secure future, the world needs young people with an interest in science, research, and agriculture. But in an increasingly urbanized environment, agricultural is rarely at the forefront of attractive career options for youth.

At the Crawford Fund Annual Conference, held in Canberra last month, 40 early agricultural researchers received scholarships to attend the conference and engage with established researchers in this space — to understand career prospects as well as the impact their work can make.

Cathy Reade, director of outreach with the Crawford Fund, has spent years working to promote agricultural research and prospective careers that can support developing countries and create a food-secure future. Youth involvement is key to addressing knowledge gaps in an increasingly ageing sector.

The scholarships aim to encourage broad participation from disciplines associated with food security — including agricultu

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nov
26

Special Women's Leadership and Management Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 November 2018 - 08:00 to 28 November 2018 - 06:00
  Nairobi

ABOUT AWARD: 

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is working toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

Leadership is a difficult and lonely journey, especially for women. Recently, the #MeToo movement has brought heightened visibility to the vital importance of good organizational leadership and increased the momentum of efforts aimed at creating more inclusive and equitable organizations and workplaces. Since the inception of the inaugural Women’s Leadership and Management Course (WLMC) in 1995, and the subsequent Advanced Women’s Leadership

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 October 2018 at 09:10

Ugandan farmers to attend millers’ expo:

Nairobi will host the 29th Annual International Association of Operative Millers Mideast & Africa Region (IAOM MEA) Conference and Expo, Africa’s biggest processed cereal grains forum, from October 22 to October 25 at the Movenpick Hotel & Residences.

Ugandan farmers will be among the more than 500 delegates, including executives of the grain processing industry, grain traders and technology providers expected to attend this conference.

The IAOM MEA, which connects local flour millers with international grain milling experts, machine suppliers, traders and other allied professionals, will be hosted by the Cereal Millers Association (CMA).

The host chairman of the IAOM will be Nicholas Hutchinson, the group managing director of UNGA Holdings Ltd.

Some of the key issues to be discussed, led by keynote speaker Dan Basse, president and founder of AgResource Co include trade tariffs and the declining world wheat export stocks and how they will offer a

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 2 October 2018 at 08:48

Rural youth empowerment to mitigate international migration:


What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed in another Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.

Drivers of youth migration

Many factors can play a role in the decision to migrate. A growing number of people are forced to leave their homes (e.g. because of natural disaster, climate change or conflict). An even larger number of people migrate because they perceive there ar

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oct
10

Farming to improve the lives of rural women and girls

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  10 October 2018, 11:00-12:30
  Online, http://www.odi.org/

To mark International Day of Rural Women on October 15, 2018, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) convenes an expert panel to discuss “Can farming improve the lives of rural women and girls?”. The event takes place at ODI and will be streamed live online as well.

Reducing gender inequality is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Nowhere are concerns greater than where the disadvantages of being a woman intersect with the disadvantages of living in rural areas of developing countries. In rural areas, access to education and health services is often limited, and women are more likely to depend on farming for a livelihood. As a result, interest in women farmers has grown strongly in recent times. Studies proliferate on the conditions of women as farmers in the global South, as do debates on how best to rectify disadvantages and improve the conditions under which women farm.

While this is all encouraging, how important is farming to improving the lives of rural women and girls

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 1 October 2018 at 12:40

Women in Coffee- celebrating International Coffee Day:

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

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