Page 13

Agnes Katushabe (53) with husband Odomaro Byanihaugha (65)

Justine Tumwesigye, Binyungu.







districts to increase production and to access markets for

project aims to establish 30 new LSBs, directly benefitting

the sale of maize and beans.

900 new farmers, and increase the uptake of quality seed

  hrough the Agriculture and Market Support for Maize and Beans Project funded by the World Food Programme, Self Help Africa is supporting

3,000 farmers across Adjumani, Kiriyandongo and Masindi

n Uganda, the uptake and utilisation of quality seed by smallholder farmers is very low with over 85% depending on, often, poor quality seed saved from

previous seasons. This local seed business out-scaling

by smallholder farmers through increased awareness The project will support the formation and development

of the economic benefits of using quality declared seed

of 12 farmer organisations (made up of 40 groups) which

and strategic linkages with others in the seed sector. 15

will allow members to bulk and collectively market 800

LSBs are in Eastern Uganda and 15 in the South Western

metric tonnes of maize and 200 metric tonnes of beans


in 2017. The groups and farmer organisations will also be linked to microfinance institutions for banking services

In partnership with HNI and key stakeholders, Self Help

and agricultural loans, and to quality agricultural service

Africa has developed a mobile-phone based extension

providers for inputs and post-harvest equipment.

service reaching out to rural populations in Uganda. This service will be a key method of disseminating information

The project will provide training and mentoring support

on quality seed, its advantages, how it is produced, key

to build the capacity of the farmers on climate-smart

regulations and where it is available. Farmers have free

agriculture practices, post-harvest handling, farming as a

access to the SMS platform and will be given a credit of

business, marketing and group management. They will also

10 free calls per month. In addition, Self Help Africa will

be supported to conduct market research and establish

organise regional seed events and contribute to farmer

private sector linkages to obtain competitive prices for their

field days which will give farmers the opportunity to meet


stakeholders and see demonstrated technologies in the field, with a view to increasing awareness and access to quality seeds for poor smallholder farmers in the region.

Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000 24

Total direct beneficiaries: 900 25

Self Help Africa Projects 2017  
Self Help Africa Projects 2017  

An overview of current programmes being implemented by Self Help Africa in sub-Saharan Africa.