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Inputs And Agribusiness Services Spotlight Of The Week- INCREASING BUSINESS VIABILITY OF EMBEDDED SERVICES AND EXPANDING LASTMILE INPUT DISTRIBUTION

Inputs and Agribusiness Services Spotlight of the Week- INCREASING BUSINESS VIABILITY OF EMBEDDED SERVICES AND EXPANDING LASTMILE INPUT DISTRIBUTION

This week, Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity hosted market systems expert, Melanie Bittle, who is leading FtF IAM’s annual learning work around the business viability of embedded services models. Melanie engaged seven (7) FtF IAM agribusiness partners including Grainpulse, Agro Supply, The Edge Trading, Golden Bees, Oasis, Okeba and Home Harvest.  These partners were selected because they are offering a range of embedded services to smallholder farmers as part of their input distribution and commodity aggregation (out-grower) models. Ms. Bittle will work with the businesses to analyze and evaluate the business case and commercial viability of the services they offer farmers through different forms of agent models, such as financial services, extension support, mechanization, payment, basic value addition (sorting, grading, etc.). Melanie will be in Uganda through July 11 supporting FtF IAM.

Agrisol Africa Limited, a private input distribution company located in Lira, is leveraging FtF IAM COVID 19 response funding to offer discounted inputs to 1,800 farmers in Lira, Omoro and Oyam. Agrisol seeks to expand and invest in last mile input distribution models using village agents to increase adoption of quality agro inputs, mechanization, and digital technologies (Yaa Malu scratch cards), resulting in an expanded market share and improved profitability. Agrisol has held an engagement meetings with the District Agricultural Officer identifying and screening eight (8) agents that will be supporting on profiling and aggregating demand for the promotional inputs and has also begun to digitize and print 4,000 credit savings scratch cards (Yaa Malu) that offer farmers an opportunity to save for the inputs.

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