By Jimmy Siyasa
The Uganda Christian University (UCU) Faculty of Agricultural Sciences has won a grant worth 400,000 Euros (1.6 bn UGX). This was courtesy of a competitive project proposal titled Strengthening Agricultural Knowledge & Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation & Livelihoods in Eastern Africa.
The innovation platform will enhance the capacity of small-scale producers to access markets and meet the demand thereof. Additionally, the project will facilitate small-scale producers through Uganda National Farmers Federation using a management information system where specific information and linkages for vegetable businesses along the value chain can be met.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, commended the Faculty for its robust research initiatives. ” We are very proud of you (Prof. Elizabeth Kizito) and your team. I applaud your continued efforts to advance research and partnerships at UCU,” he said.
Objectives of the project:
- Build capacity in contractual production (Seed and value-added products) as a business.
- Adapt and validate an inclusive management information system for enhanced market access.
- Enhance a competitive edge for small-scale producers in the AIV value chain.
- Disseminate knowledge on the production of AIVs as a business.