Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 September 2017 at 11:08

A Seven Days’ Experience in the Ugandan Youth Agribusiness Caravan 2017

With anticipation and a mind full of concern of what lay ahead of me, I boarded the bus to join the long awaited Agribusiness Caravan that was to commence from Kampala according to the road map. By the way, they call me Kyomuhendo Phionah, an Entrepreneur in Piggery and Juicy Passion fruit, located in Mbarara district, S.W.Uganda.

The first two days of the caravan were impressive, with motivational speakers and seasoned entrepreneurs who inspired me and provided a learning platform for experience with the likes of Okello L., Richard M., Minister Christopher K., to mention but a few.

I was impressed with what I could do differently as a youth starting with having a “positive mindset”. It seems everything revolved on my mindset. As the Ugandan state minister for agriculture said, “Agriculture is said to be historically a punishment but this is a myth that had to change”. My mind started rolling back; looking at t

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Mugisha Richard Excellent! Phionah, this is a very good story. I am sure my fellow readers can prove that; the caravan is the most effective way to facilitate learning. Let’s promote it and make our business stories unforgettable.  Given the shared lessons, I clearly see a lot of potential in Phionah becoming one of the great entrepreneurs in the region. But Phionah, remember potential is potential only when it is exploited. I would therefore; like to encourage you and all honorable youth agripreneurs to pursue your business goals with focus and commitment, and then you will possess them.

1 week 6 days ago

Taremwa Joseph Phionah, this is great. I am exceedingly happy that as part of the organizers, our efforts were not put to waste!!

1 week 6 days ago

Ronald Miggadde Great inspiration story Phionah, Keep the fire burning.

1 week 6 days ago

Francis Lulahali Hello Phionah, am so pleased for such a wonderful and encouraging story really that is a very good indicator that we didn't waste time in the caravan and it is the best way to learn than sitting in the hotels. God bless you #Frahari International Limited 

1 week 6 days ago

Dorina Prech This is a beautiful story Phionah! Thank you for sharing your experiences of how the caravan went, and sure enough there's a lot that we can learn from with as regards to youth engagement in agribusiness. 

1 week 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 September 2017 at 12:59


The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan is the most beautiful agricultural tour I have ever participated in. We were welcome everywhere. It was so easy and friendly for us to ask questions and shared our experience with the farmers. The tour was perfectly organized (interesting and appropriate “professional visits”, good hotels, good food apart from Baguma Restaurant in Mbarara!, nice touristic places like The Equator in Kayabwe, Kitagata hot springs, Nkugute crater lake, Kichwamba Rift valley and also Queen Elizabeth Park). I discovered a wonderful country, amazing landscapes from Mbarara to Fort portal. Every day was different, every day was surprising. I made wonderful friends in the caravan; Agaba Keneth, Phionah Kyomuhendo, Jimmy Ouni, Sharifah Najjuma, Creddy Lakot to name a few, all Agripreneurs from different regions of the country, then Brenda Namirembe, Joy Lwanga and Zurah from Action Aid Uganda and not forgetting Maik Voets and Adinda Lo

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PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO True Ronald, we were inspired to inspire other youths in the four different regions of Uganda and thus making a difference. Agriculture indeed can be practiced by the youths to solve the unemployment problem and also feed the many lives in Uganda and beyond.

2 weeks 2 days ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Ronald, great to read your positive feedback! Good Job guys at AgriProFocus Uganda. 

2 weeks 16 hours ago

Jacob Olanya Great Ronald, its good to see you learned alot from the Caravan, am looking forward to see your passion fruit farm grow.

2 weeks 15 hours ago

Mugisha Richard Waoo! Ronald, this is an amazing story!  Its nice to read this inspiration message from you. I am inspired again by your memorable story. I can now confirm that learning took place. Please take action and make every day a caravan day in order to bring about sustainable change in self and your constituency.  To those  who missed this year's edition, next year for you. Just begin to prepare around same time but different route and perhaps different country. Its gonna be massive!! Yes, no success without a story. AgriProFocus gives you a story and you gain success.

2 weeks 14 hours ago

Taremwa Joseph Miggadde, thanks for the active participation in the entire caravan. I am astonishingly pleased that you were able to practically learn and as well as have meaningful fun.For the first time, I saw selfies being taken using a Kodak camera!!!Great day

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 August 2017 at 08:02


Day 6

24TH AUGUST, 2017  


The caravan visited Divine Vegetables Farm and Biglad Organic Farm in Fort Portal district.

Divine Vegetables Farm was started in 2014 and the vegetables grown are of both local and exotic variety. On the other hand, Biglad Organic Farm was started by Mr. Julius Bigabwa in 2008 and has since turned into an agritourism farm on 8 acres of land with bananas, mangoes, fish tea plantation and others.

Kabarole Research and Resource Centre focuses on producing an alternative source of protein extracted from greens with an ultimate aim of promoting environment conservation and ecosystems.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 August 2017 at 07:25


Day 5 : 23RD AUGUST, 2017


The caravan team traveled to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese district. The area around Mubuku Irrigation Scheme receives little and unreliable rainfall and because it is close to the equator, its low altitude makes the temperature relatively high. With this justification, the scheme was established in 1964.


· To explore food production throughout the seasons using farrow irrigation system.

Discussions/ Interactions

Mr. James Nabulu, the supretendant of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme told caravan participants that the scheme currently works with 160 farmers who operate on 8 acres of land each under a land tenancy system. He encouraged the youth to join cooperative and associations in order to bargain for favorable prices on the market.

The youth also had the opportunity to tour the scheme and to experience a number of maize farmers working together to

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Humphrey Mutaasa The reason why Gender has not been appreciated in Agribusiness development even though it is a very key ingredient, Its in the way it is packaged  and how it is promoted and by who. Men being the creatures they are need better packaging and involving them just like it has started being done. It shouldnt be mis-understood that its a women thing to take away the leadership and asset ownership component from the men. but rather together developing a livelihood.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 August 2017 at 08:12



22ND AUGUST, 2017


The caravan team traveled to Kirere Greener African Agency, Delta Bees Farm, and PIBID in Bushenyi district. While at these centers, the team explored investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns, application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing, and got training on banana value addition.


· To explore inclusive green growth and investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns

· To gain an understanding of the application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing

· To get practical training on banana value addition

Discussions/ Interactions

Mr. Kweyunga Emmanuel, the General Manager at Kirere Greener African Agency explained that since the far was started in 2011, he uses natural farming to rear h

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Humphrey Mutaasa This is running and being appreciated well on Top radio and FMJ

3 weeks 6 days ago

Mugisha Richard Thanks Mutaasa for promoting youth in agriz through media. Today the youth are taking the mantel to feed the world and change lives

3 weeks 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 August 2017 at 07:31



21ST AUGUST, 2017


The caravan team traveled to Kazire Agri-processing plant and to Ericson dairy farm in the districts of Mbarara Ntungamo respectively. While at these farms, the team explored the forward and backward business linkages at Kazire plant and product quality and safety management in the dairy value chain. Participants later visited the hot springs in Kitagata in order to appreciate the nature and beauty of Uganda.

While at Kazire plant, Dickson Musasizi, the production manager at Kazire health products gave participants a brief history of the plant, its successes, challenges that it has faced and how those challenges were resolved. He later gave participants a tour of the plant and the production process that is from the raw materials to the final product.

At Ericson Dairy Farm, Mr. Eli Nathan, the general manager advised youth on how to fully benefit from t

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Kabunga James Well done

1 month 2 days ago

Humphrey Mutaasa well done and this is encouraging youths join Agric at different levels of the value chain

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Mugisha Richard The youth were able to identify the entry points at this point with Kazire Health Products, especially supplying raw materials like Carrots, beetroots and purple  cabbages. The other business opportunity identified was for the youth to open distribution centers for the ready to drink products in their respective regions

3 weeks 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 August 2017 at 06:31



20th August, 2017



The caravan team set off from Kampala to Masaka district and made its first stop at the equator. And later proceeded to Kibinge Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative association. While in Kibinge, participants were exposed to the entire value chain in the coffee business from the seed to the final coffee on the cup.

At Kibinge, the youth were taken to Mr. Mawanda Samuel’s coffee plantation where they were exposed to proper care of coffee trees and the benefits of venturing into the business.

The team later continued to Kibinge Coffee Farmers, Cooperative Association to visit coffee nurseries and share experiences on the coffee value chain.

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To follow the action live and view the outcome of the debate you could simply follow the Hashtag #Agric4youth 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 August 2017 at 09:32

The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan: 

Day 1

18th August 2017

The 7 day Caravan has attracted 50 youth participants, that will be traversing the country to have a hands on learning experience on how to improve agribusiness!

Day 1 was an inspiration Forum where the participating youth were inspired to take agribusiness serious and focus on better productivity.

Its was officially launched by the minister for Agriculture Hon. Kibanzanga Christopher, who addressed a press conference together with 5 enterprising youth from all the 4 regions of the country. He informed the youth that agriculture alone can take Uganda to a middle income economy!

The activities of the day included:

- A Press conference.

- In special presentation on mindset change

- And a Debate on the GMOs. (Advantages and disadvantages)

To follow the action live and view the outcome of the debate you could simply follow the Hashtag #Agric4youth

Or simply click here.

Anne Marie Kortleve Nice to see some impressions of the first day, looking forward to hear more of the other days, keep us informed Jacob Olanya :) 

1 month 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 May 2017 at 02:46


“Feeding the World, Changing Lives”  

Theme: Youth in Agribusiness for Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development!  

AgriProFocus in collaboration with like-minded organizations, that include; Uhuru Institute of Social Development, Agriterra, Actionaid, Clusa, AVSI, Agrotourism, DARAS, CURAD, Excel Hort, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda National Young Farmers Association, TUNADO, Young Agribusiness Network, European Union, National Parliamentary Youth Forum are organising a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2017, with an overall objective of creating a platform for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness. This shall be achieved through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure farm-firm field visits within and across borders as well as interfacing with policy/decision makers of relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.

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Mugisha Richard Hi my brother Tafadzwa, how is Zim. Hope you still remember me. I met you in 2008. Are you still working with Atai? Now this is a caravan that you must not miss. We are getting youth from the netherlands, Kenya. So having you in Uganda is a great a pleasure. A lot to learn, a lot to share

3 months 4 weeks ago

SSEKYEWA HENRY Its really great i have  liked and hope to take part ..thanks

3 months 3 weeks ago

NSUBUGA DENIS Woow. This is really nice. I have already registered. Hopefully I will be taken up for the opportunity.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Mugisha Richard please go ahead and make payments

1 month 3 weeks ago

Dancan Olarker

how much is payment

1 month 3 weeks ago


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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