In April 2021 Chrisbert Consult (U) Ltd was hired by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries to undertake a Project Profile study for the Establishment of Value Addition and Processing Plant Project.
In Uganda like other parts of Africa, about 65 percent of the population, depend on small-scale farming as their primary source of livelihood. A great majority of these are smallholder farmers (76.8 %) and farm less than two hectares (NPHCS, 2011). Agricultural production in Uganda is characterized by subsistence farming, practiced on small land holdings and entirely rain-fed (FAO, 2009) with small scale farmers constituting 85% of the farming communities (Balya, 2010) who are usually faced with a number of agricultural production constraints such as; poor access to improved technologies in form of seeds & breeds and management packages, poor extension service delivery system and changing climate patterns, reducing soil fertility levels (Trocaire, 2012). These have impacted crop yields attained on-farm and thus food insecurity. In Uganda low agriculture productivity, low incomes, poverty and unemployment are closely interrelated problems.
Agro-processing industries have a potentially important role in the economic development of developing countries (Uganda) directly as a source of income and employment and indirectly for their backward linkages with agriculture. The latter is especially critical for the commercialization of agriculture in developing countries, which is widely recognized as important for adoption of modern farming technologies, improving agricultural productivity and incomes, and eventually for rural poverty reduction that is in line with Vision 2040.
Our firm was mandated to;
- To undertake a project profile study to analyze private sector agro processing actors, to identify potential public private partnerships and to generate relevant information on key project indicators.
- To facilitate eventual measurement of performance across grain, cassava, tea, and fruits value chains.
- To generate information from the study to inform our client’s (MAAIF) decision to allocate resources and assign appropriate leadership to the project in order to ensure sustainable investment in grains, cassava, tea and fruits development.
- To measure the levels of performance of value chain actors vis-à-vis set measureable targets for the performance indicators, identify the means of verifying performance against those indicators, unveil all assumptions underlying the project objectives.
- To conceptualize and make annual cost projections at output and activity levels for the project duration, and generate work-plan proposals at output and activity level along the project life. The baseline datasets were used to inform the key decisions in the project execution mainly in identifying leadership that matches the project needs and in allocation of resources to enhance sustainable investment in grains, cassava, tea, and fruits development in Uganda.