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Dairy farmers protest milk tax


Most of the dairy producers in Uganda are smallholders, so taxation could be detrimental to the industry. Dairy farmers under Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperatives Union (UCCCU) have expressed fears over taxation, which government intends to levy on incomes as a hindrance to development of the industry. In a meeting held in Mbarara recently, they were […]

aBi Trust Registers Success in Boosting Uganda’s Coffee Value Chain


Coffee production in Uganda is expected to increase this year following intervention by aBi Trust through its coffee Value Chain Development programme.  aBi’s Value Chain Development programmes are aimed at supporting the Private Sector by building a self sustaining Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy in Uganda. Coffee is Uganda’s traditional cash crop grown in most […]

Swedish Embassy renews engagement with aBi to strengthen competitiveness of Uganda´s agricultural and agro-processing sectors


The Embassy of Sweden has renewed its partnership with the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust and the Embassy of Denmark for continued support for the year 2015-2018. The support to aBi Trust will be provided as delegated cooperation through the Embassy of Denmark. By improving capacity of value chains in coffee, maize, oil seeds, pulses, dairy and horticulture […]

From retrenchment to a millionaire businessman


Losing a job at 27 can be trying for any ambitious man and many are left frustrated. But Robert Matsiko did not despair, go frantically job-hunting, or seek solace in alcohol. In 1995, Matsiko was a field assistant officer in the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, when retrenchment kicked him out, with a […]

Women-focused project Gender for Growth (G4G) doubles farming incomes in Uganda


Women-focused project Gender for Growth (G4G) doubles farming incomes in Uganda

By Josephine Omunyidde Zhane                     Gender for Growth (G4G) has grown rural household incomes in 20 districts through supporting more women to access land and control resources aimed at boosting family livelihoods. Gender for Growth (G4G) is implemented by aBi with funding from the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) to a tune of Euros […]

Family farming helps enhance women’s gains from agriculture


Family farming helps enhance women’s gains from agriculture

By Joshua Kato       It was drizzling in the morning. For the last one week, Sarah Kisakye, a house wife in Nakaseke district had been preparing her land for planting. But then, she has got one worry, her husband`s attitude. “He contributes very little during the ploughing, planting and harvesting seasons, he only […]

aBi Group C.E.O interview with the Observer


Agriculture needs political courage – agribusiness expert ANDRÉ DELLEVOET has recently returned to Uganda as the Group Chief Executive Officer at the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) which comprises aBi Trust and aBi Finance. Capitalised by several donors, the $120-million aBi supports market-driven agricultural ventures through provision of grants and technical assistance, among other initiatives. A former Dutch diplomat, Dellevoet has […]

ABC Bank signs up for CrossRoads Construction Guarantee Fund


CrossRoads is pleased to announce that ABC Capital Bank have now signed an agreement to participate in the Construction Guarantee Fund (CGF) which is managed by the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi). This brings to 13 the number of nancial institutions now oering access to the CGF. The CGF is available to contractors and consultants in the […]

aBi to increase budget to sh120b to boost agricultural technical, financial capacity


The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Group will increase support to agriculture in the next five years geared towards building technical and financial capacity to the agriculture sector as the body seeks to consolidate a leading role in making Uganda an agriculture powerhouse. Speaking to media on Thursday last week, the new aBi Group Chief Executive […]

aBi TRUST SUPPORTS RUSCA TO FINANCE DAIRY FARMERS


  Rubaare Modern Rural Savings and Credit Development Association commonly known as RUSCA launched new banking premises with support from aBi’s Financial Services Development component. At a colorful event, RUSCA banking hall was commissioned by Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana, Minister for constitutional affairs and Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County who also planted a tree in […]