The State of Agro-Inputs in Central Uganda

Agriculture is still the major source of livelihood and employer of Uganda’s population. In order for the sector to continue supporting the population, an enabling working environment to the smallholder farmers and farming community in general ought to be provided to address the demand and supply constraints.

Focus on agro inputs is increasingly becoming important in Uganda since it governs the growth of the entire sector. And as such Advocacy Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture (ACSA) has undertaken a study about the state of agro inputs in Uganda following the identified gaps by smallholder farmers and the farming community in general in relation to access, affordability and reliability.

Whereas efforts by the relevant ministries and partners have been made to create awareness about the agro inputs on market and where to access them, there are still some gaps in policies and regulation to ensure that smallholder farmers have access to genuine, quality, and affordable agro-inputs. This study therefore will inform further engagements to address the gaps as well as guiding the CSOs on the way forward for the agro input sector in Uganda.

Farmers need to maximize productivity in order to feed their families. Various initiatives to promote the Green Revolution technologies into the country’s agriculture sector exist with the aim of building private commercial agro-input production and distribution. This requires building the capacity of different stakeholders to understand the policy related aspects of agro-inputs in Uganda.

ACSA is mandated to organize theme based annual partners` forum, depending on the prevailing advocacy issue among the smallholder farmers, member organizations and the community at large. The major focus for advocacy engagement in 2015 was on agro-inputs in Uganda. It is against this background that ACSA Secretariat commissioned a study to assess the state of agro inputs in Uganda with a view to provide ACSA members with documented understanding of the state of agro inputs in order to pursue evidence based advocacy. This report presents the methodology and findings of the study.

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