Okado’s shop is an agricultural input partner to Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity that is improving last-mile input (fertilizers, seed, and pesticides) distribution to farmers in underserved areas of Northern Uganda. With FtF IAM’s support, agribusiness partners like Okado Farmers Shop scale inclusive business models that improve farmers’ access to quality agricultural inputs, productivity, and incomes. FTF IAM is helping Okado’s shop, an agro dealer “Hub” in Gulu City to engage a more robust network of rural input agents. The agro-input dealer has also adopted a digital management system (a point of sale machine called iProcure) which is improving their customer service and inventory management so that they stock the inputs farmers need in time for the season, while also flagging expired products. Eventually, the system will improve the traceability of inputs supplied by manufacturers through distribution companies and to the final retail sale. This is part of the private sector’s effort to self-regulate and protect farmers against fake or counterfeit inputs.
USAID Uganda, through FtF IAM, has been supporting initiatives aimed at strengthening and improving smallholder farmers’ access to quality agricultural inputs, as a strategy for increasing farmer productivity and incomes. FTF IAM has partnered with African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to build agri-input retailers’ capacity to become “Hubs” that scale and expand services through a network of trained rural agents.
Author: Dorothy Nabatanzi for FtF IAM.