Evaluation of aBi Finance 2017

This is an abridged version of the final report of the 2017 evaluation of aBi Finance Ltd. The evaluation focused on the effects of services offered by aBi Finance, in particular the loan guarantees and Line of Credit (LoC) products and related Financial services Development. This evaluation is of aBi Finance and not of the aBi Trust, or the aBi undertaking as a whole. Carnegie Consult, a renown international consultant, was contracted to conduct an independent evaluation of aBi Finance and this was undertaken in the period March – May 2017. Download detailed evaluation report by clicking on link below.

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Annual Report 2016


aBi Annual Report 2016: A strategic candid presentation and reflection on what was achieved, challenges encountered and how they were addressed as well as, lessons learnt over the reporting period (2016).

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Annual Report 2015


This report highlights the programmatic and financial operations of aBi Trust and aBi Finance for consumption of all aBi stakeholders. It documents innovations, lessons learned, and opportunities harnessed in 2015. Download Report



Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) in partnership with Daily Monitor, Ministry of Water and Environment, UNDP and USAID held the 1st National Climate Change Low Carbon and Adaptation Symposium and Expo under the theme, “A climate smart Uganda, a proud Ugandan” on 26th October 2017 at Kampala Serena Hotel. The Symposium and expo covered a wide range of topics and issues from key development partners, expert panel discussion, exhibition stalls, climate change initiative papers, presentations and climate change videos which all reflected on the current climate change context, the mitigations required to conserve and preserve the climate and key recommendations. Download it here

Post Date: 16.11.2017


Fall Armyworm: Impacts and Implications for Africa

This report, commissioned by the Department for International Development, indicates that the arrival of fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa has the potential to cause maize yield losses in a range from 8.3 to 20.6 million tonnes per annum, in the absence of any control methods, in just 12 maize-producing countries. This represents a range of 21%-53% of the annual averaged production of maize over a three year period in these countries. The value of these losses is estimated between $2,481m – $6,187m

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Agriculture Financial Year book

The 2015 Agricultural Finance Yearbook, which is the eighth edition in the series, analyses the challenges faced by farmers and those involved in providing finance at both the overall sectoral level and in specific industries within the sector.

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aBi Geographic Information System(GIS)

aBi Tracks the locations of its agribusiness activities using a Geographic Information System(GIS) that was installed in the first half of 2015. This is a pilot project that aims to test the use of GPS smart phone devices to aid transparency and accountability in our reporting, with status updates and photographic evidence showing aBi’s Implementing Partners conducting training sessions and demos.

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Clean Technology Fund

aBi’s Clean Technology Fund has been established to finance sustainable land management initiatives, efficient energy solutions, the use of renewables, environmentally friendly waste management, efficient water use and soil moisture management, and other climate smart practices for the value chains it supports.

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Gender for Growth(G4G) Evaluation Report 2015

The objective of G4G was to improve incomes of agricultural households through improving relations between men and women and developing more equal gender rights primarily at household but also at community level.

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aBi Annual Report 2014

In line with the vision “A Competitive private sector led agriculture in Uganda” aBi continued to address the bottle necks that were defined in the new Business Plan 2014 -2018. 2014 marks the first year of implementation of the Business Plan and a renewal of funding from the development partners under the U Growth II.

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Impact Assessment of aBI Support Initiatives?

Since 2010, the Agricultural Business Initiative Trust (aBi Trust) supporting partnerships through grants to provide technical support to fi nancial institutions, agricultural SMEs and farmers, engaged in the supported value chains.

After 4 years of operation, the aBi Trust commissioned an impact assessment to establish: whether there were positive changes in income of the enterprises benefi ting from the aBi Trust-supported interventions. Second, the evaluation sought to establish whether the aBi Trust’s support had resulted in increased employment opportunities. Another objective was to inform policy, strategy and management

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Banana WIlt

Can Uganda‘s peasant farmers ever contribute 70% to the economy?

We often hear repeated statistics that agriculture contributes maybe 30% to gross domestic product and 30% to export earnings, yet it engages 70% of the population, therefore, it is important. I call this false logic.

Can those 70% ever contribute 70% to the economy and the Government coffers? Never!

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Impact Assessment of aBi Trust Supported Interventions

The main objective of this IA study is to assess the extent to which aBi Trust-supported IP-implemented activities have contributed to change in the beneficiary communities over the past three years (2011-2013). Specifically, to:
1. Measure changes in income of the beneficiaries of aBi Trust-supported interventions
2. Determine the jobs created for the benefiting communities by the respective IPs
3. Determine the relevancy of the aBi Trust supported programs and inform next steps

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Evaluation of the aBi Finance Lines Of Credit & Guarantee Programs

The main objective of the Evaluation Study (ES) was to evaluate the performance of aBi Finance programs (LGS and LOC) over the past 3 years (September 2010 to September 2013) against set objectives and determine the extent to which intended goals have been achieved; and to recommend corrective or other measures that may be deemed necessary to achieve the main objectives. The ES undertook to evaluate performance at two levels; namely, the participating Financial Institution (FI) and the Beneficiary or Bank Clients level.

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Agriculture Finance Yearbook 2013/14

New technology in financial services and new gains for agriculture.

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Gross Margin Templates User Manual 

aBi Trust supports value chain interventions aimed at increasing productivity, improved quality for competitiveness and facilitating market access targeting farmers as the direct beneficiaries.

Gross Margins Templates User Manual


National Agriculture Policy

The vision of the National Agriculture Policy is “A Competitive, Profitable and Sustainable Commercial and Agriculture Sector”. The overall objective is to promote food and nutrition security and to improve household incomes through coordinated interventions that will enhance sustainable agricultural productivity and value addition; provide employment opportunities, and promote agribusinesses, investments and trade.

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Improving access to finance for SME’s in the Road Sector

Credit guarantee funds are a tried and tested instrument to improve access to finance in many sectors of the economy. Originally used to facilitate access to credit for smallholder farmers, guarantee funds are now being used for small and medium sized contractors in the roads and water sectors as well.

This paper aims to share experience from the CrossRoads Guarantee Fund in Uganda. The CrossRoads Guarantee Fund is a facility established in 2012 under the CrossRoads Programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union (EU) to build capacity and competitiveness in the roads sector in Uganda.

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aBi Loan Guarantees in Action: The Construction Guarantee Fund

aBi considered how it could contribute to improvements to the country’s transport infrastructure. The adverse impact that a poor transport system has on agricultural production and agribusiness enterprises is similar to that on other sectors such as health and education. Poor transport systems not only affect the movement of labour, but also the movement of both agricultural inputs and outputs (these are often subject to post-harvest quality deterioration). Indeed, when produce cannot be delivered to market (local, regional, national or international) in time, spoilage and quality loss occurs.  The resulting revenue losses render agribusiness enterprises high risk, and make access to financing difficult.

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aBi Finance Program Evaluation

Prepared by: Dr. Dick Serunkuuma
Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University,

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Financing Profitable Value Chains – aBi Trust Impact Assessment

Between 2011 and 2013, aBi Trust was supporting 133 Implementing Partners (IPs) through a matching grant arrangement under the Value Chain Development (VCD) and Financial Services Development (FSD) sub-components, using an integrated approach. Under VCD, the support was geared mainly towards production and marketing to the five value chains of Coffee, Maize, Beans, Oilseeds and Horticulture for Export[1], though other aspects along the value chains were supported on a case-by-case basis. Dairy was added as an additional value chain in 2013

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Construction Guarantee Fund

CGF is a Fund provided by the EU and UK aid,through the CrossRoads Programme, aimed atimproving access to finance for contractors and consultants in the road sector through provision of a guarantee scheme.

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Guarantees in Action: Centenary Bank & aBi Finance Partnership

Centenary Bank started operations as a credit trust in 1983 and has since evolved into a fully-fledged microfinance-leaning commercial bank. The Bank’s strategic direction is to provideappropriate and sustainable financial services within the law, especially microfinance to all Ugandans, and those in rural areas in particular. In this respect, among Tier I institutions, Centenary has strategically taken a lead in rural financing, with 20 percent of its portfolio dedicated to agriculture.

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Annual Report 2013

The 2013 Annual report presents the progress of activities in 2013 and makes some comparison to the previous years of the U-Growth I programme which started in 2010 and ending in September 2014. Download it here


Annual Report 2012

Agricultural Business Initiative presents the Annual Report 2011 discussing progress made on interventions for the period commencing 1st January to 31st December, 2011 with contributions to achieving the overall objectives of the Agribcultural Business Initiative Component of the U-Growth programme and the aBi Trust  in whole. Download it here