Encouraging Collective value addition and marketing among maize farmers

Maize production is one the highly paying and highly growing agricultural enterprises in Uganda due to increasing demand for maize processed products. Of recent, the demand for maize products has increased due to ready market provided especially by South Sudan and maize being adaptable to a variety of tropical conditions can easily be grown for processing to meet the customer demand.
However, maize growing has been taken up mainly on small with no input use, thus; resulting into low yields and returns to farmer investment. This has been exacerbated by the exploitative nature of marketing middlemen in the value chain who take advantage of farmers especially during peak seasons when there is a surplus of produce. Given the fact the most maize farmers lack proper storage facilities; they are forced to give away their produce at cheaper prices leaving them with little revenues, thus; unable to break even. Therefore, due to the above, a strategy of producing maize using local fertilizer material (Kitchen ash); storing and adding value to maize through processing to maize floor (grade A and B) and poultry feed has been developed so that even during peak seasons maize can be harvested, processed and stored for a longer time until when prices rise to a level that can enable actors in the value chain to break even and remain in business.
This project will be bulking maize from farmers in the maize growing villages through their groups and from individual farmers. Each farmer participating in this project must be a maize farmer with at least 2 acres of land dedicated to maize production; this means that a maximum of 500 maize farmers will be recruited under this project as the initial phase of the project aims at utilizing 1000 acres of farmers land for maize production. To ensure proper agronomic management of the maize farms by farmers, the project will employ qualified extension agronomists to provide the necessary advice to the participating farmers. This initiative requires an initial investment of US$189250.03. Offer your support to the project and help to sustainably end poverty among Nakasongola Farmers.

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Contribute to the building of a vaible apiary value chain in Uganda

The slow rate of agricultural development in Africa can largely be blamed on lack of functional relationships between technology/innovation generation centers (sources), local farming communities, financial institutions and markets. The result has been low penetration of promising innovations/technologies thus, low adoption levels, low production and limited or no access to markets and financial services by farmers. In general, most of the innovation/technologies developed have not been extensively out-scaled some of which are not even packaged in user friendly formats. Therefore, FOSAA intends to establish and manage innovation/technology incubation centers in collaboration with knowledge institutions (Universities/ colleges; research institutions), farmer groups and the private sector as a mechanism for enhancing bee farming intensification. In addition, FOSSA will liaise with other stakeholders (insurers) to reduce agricultural production and price risks caused by climatic changes and market distortions, respectively. Further, these incubation centers will also act as agribusiness training/resource centers where a multi-structured programme that includes farm enterprise selection, resource mobilisation and utilisation, routine market assessment and business negotiation skills, record keeping and financial management, risk prediction and management, value addition, carbon foot- printing and team building will be managed. The farming community will have free access to internet, computer training and digital agricultural/other inforamtion on request. Please make your contribution to day and help empower our bee farmers.

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Arresting Desertification in Migera- Nakasongola Uganda

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Hello, Greeting from the Forum for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa. Hope this finds well. One of FOSAA’s strategic objectives is to develop and strengthen collaborative research and mentorship centers and capacities for enhanced economies of scope and scale. In this regard, FOSAA has developed a  seven  years research/development project proposal entitled “Arresting desertification in Migera through soil health restoration

Assessment of land quality is an effective method of evaluating sustainability of land use and management activities (De la Rosa, 2004, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 1983). This means that land productivity is highly dependent on land quality which is undermined by effects of overgrazing and nutrient mining. These include soil erosion, loss of organic matter, reduction of biodiversity and abundance for both fauna and flora and consequently land degradation. For example in Migera Sub-County lies a six square mile grazingland which in the early 1980s; was in good condition and comfortably supported approximately 1000 heads of cattle. In the early 1990s, patches of bare soils began appearing at various points of the farm. According to the owners, they believe the cause of this was prolonged droughts experienced in the area and large population of termites which eat up the vegetation roots leading to its desiccation. In response, they relocated their herd to elsewhere and forbid others from grazing on the land. To their dismay, the situation did not revert. Termite damage to vegetation is more pronounced during water stress conditions.  As of 2011, approximately three square miles of this land is completely bare with no vegetation cover. Based on observation using a stone marked by the owners in 1996, approximately 50 cm of top soil has been lost due to wind and water erosion.  Continued erosion reduces the land elevation of an area rendering it susceptible to flooding (Islam et al., 2008).  Although bare soils still appear in patches, there is a possibility that the entire area can turn bare if no interventions are considered to arrest the situation. This could also be a genesis of another dissert. To make matters worse, as result of frustration, the owners of the land have opened up the land to charcoal burners depleting the remaining vegetation on the land.

Your contribution (financial or in kind) in this regard will be highly appreciated.

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