Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative (UCFI)

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Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative (UCFI)

NCBA CLUSA

 

 

The $8.4 million USDA-funded Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative (UCFI) aims to increase the profitability of smallholder farmers through a value chain approach to strengthening Producer Organizations (POs) and introducing Conservation Farming (CF). To date, 59,961 farmers have been trained in CF practices, post-harvest handling, and storage techniques. Interventions have resulted in a 47 percent increase in yields, a 63 percent increase in revenues, and a 73 percent increase in the amount of crops purchased by private-sector buyers. Many of the CF trainings are conducted by a private sector partner, and one of the largest buyers in Uganda, Ayago Agro Industries. Under UCFI, NCBA CLUSA trains entrepreneurial Community Based Service Providers (CBSPs) to offer services including agro-input sales, commodity transportation, spraying, soil preparation using CF techniques, and making and repairing CF tools. UCFI has trained 108 CBSP agro-input suppliers, 38 percent youth, in CF farming systems, product knowledge, and business management skills and has trained 393 CBSPs, 59 percent youth, in CF soil preparation. CBSPs have sold $417,301 worth of inputs to farmers and CF soil preparation providers have earned $102,076.

Impact:

  • 59,961 farmers have been trained in CF practices, post-harvest handling, and storage techniques
  • 47 percent increase in yields
  • 63 percent increase in revenues
  • 73 percent increase in the amount of crops purchased by private-sector buyers
  • Trained 108 CBSP agro-input suppliers, 38 percent youth, in CF farming systems, product knowledge, and business management skills
  • Trained 393 CBSPs, 59 percent youth, in CF soil preparation

Quotes:

  • “Because of the training I received from NCBA CLUSA I am now able to earn more income through selling tiller services using ripping in my neighborhood.” – Opiyo Sam, tiller service provider, Masindi District.
  • “My husband and I have adopted Conservation farming and have saved money on labor costs.” – Mrs. Odong Sarah Oyima, Farmers Association Kole District.

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