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Leveraging Roselle-Hibiscus Production and Marketing to Increase Household Incomes for Smallholder Farmers in Uganda

 Author: Advocacy Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture (ACSA)  Category:  Published: 2019  ISBN: 9789970522040  Country: Uganda  Language: English  Tags: household incomeroselle-hibiscus |
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This publication presents findings of the Study of Leveraging Roselle-Hibiscus Production and Marketing to Increase Household Incomes for Smallholder Farmers in Uganda.

Roselle-Hibiscus is an ideal crop for developing countries if market demand is favorable. It is drought tolerant, relatively easy to grow, not suitable for mechanized harvest, labor intensive to process, and can be grown as part of multi-cropping system.

Like many specialty botanical products, market information is not readily available for Roselle. Whereas roselle-hibiscus is increasingly becoming important in Uganda agro-processing industry, prices and production are not tracked like a conventional  agricultural commodity and there are few, if any, published market reports. Additionally, the commodity has not attracted many farmers to have it grown much as it fetches a relatively high price per kilogram compared to a good-sized butch of bananas. It is upon this backdrop that ACSA conducted this study.

The study provides an overview of Roselle-hibiscus production, processing, and trading in all the regions of Uganda and in the east and Central African region. The assessment retraced the supply chain chain from the local farmer through the small traders up to the companies that process hibiscus locally for sale on larger markets and for export.

Additionally, the study examined the socio-economic, medicinal and cultural background of work as far as this is necessary to understand the Roselle-hibiscus business.


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