DOCUMENTATION OF SUCCESS STORIES
In July 2020, aBi rolled out a project titled “Building Resilience of Small holder farmers through increasing access to Agro-Inputs” as part of its COVID -19 response. The project aims at safeguarding the production, trade and processing of key food staples by enabling off-take partners to provide seed and fertilizer to about 40,000 smallholder farmers producing maize, sorghum, beans, sunflower and soy; generating total additional income of UGX36 Billion to the participating farmers and UGX 72 Billion to the participating agribusiness partners. The project is currently in collaboration with 6 of aBi’s implementing partners across Uganda; Aponye Uganda Limited, Agroways Limited, Arise and Shine, Acila Uganda Limited in the cereals value chain. Others are Grow More Seeds and Chemicals Ltd and MMACKS investments Limited in the pulses value chain. Processes are underway for on boarding the implementing partners in the Oilseed value chain.
The project aims to achieve the following underlying objectives;
- Increase market value of agro-produce to facilitate high income for farmers
- Increase food availability during the pandemic.
The project will be implemented in 2 years, 3 crop seasons. In season B 2020, aBi met the full project cost. In 2021 season A and season B the cost will be met by aBi and the IPs at a ratio of 80:20 and 60:40 respectively.
aBi and MMACKS conducted a project monitoring visit in Western Uganda (Mubende, Kakumiro, Kyenjojo, and Kyegegwa districts) from 7th to 10th December 2020 where teams interacted with the farmer groups, cooperative societies and farmers growing mainly beans and documented the benefits, successes, and anticipated outcomes.
MMACKS’ IMPLEMENTATION MODEL IN REACHING GRASSROOT FARMERS
aBi supported MMACKS Investments Limited to procure seeds and fertilizers for distributing to beneficiary farmers. MMACKS’ employs a project manager who is charged with the overall implementation of the project, he works closely with a, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and Field Extension Workers. In some instances, MMACKS hires consultants and short term contract workers to boost its in-house staff. Each of the target districts has a resident Agricultural Field Extension officer whose main role is to offer advisory services, training and supervision to farmers. He/she also undertakes coordination between MMACKS and the communities.
At the community level, MMACKS identifies and trains some farmers to work as Local Market Facilitators (LMFs). LMFs support field officers in disseminating agricultural and market information to farmer groups and collective marketing. To ensure effectiveness, MMACKS is using102 LMFs as opposed to the 40 planned for. Each LMF is charged with overseeing 4 farmer groups.
Each farmer group has a Group Leader who delivers updated information on agro-practices such as cropping calendars, collective bulking, storage and marketing among others.
To ensure skills transfer to more farmers, the project initiated Demonstration sites which are hosted by selected LMFs and or Farmer Group Leaders. Each Demo site is accessed by between 25 and 30 farmers on average.