On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity partner, Anti Counterfeit Network (ACN) launched a behavioral change communications campaign against counterfeit agricultural inputs in Mbale City in Eastern Uganda.
The launch of the campaign coined, “IAM A CHAMPION AGAINST FAKES” was attended by Government officials including Mr. Paul Mwambu the Commissioner of Crop Protection at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF), Resident District and City Commissioners, District Police Commanders, Mbale City Mayor, agro-dealers, input distributors, academia, the media, and farmers. During the meeting, Mr. Mwambu announced that MAAIF has developed a traceability system that will monitor all agricultural inputs including imported and exported agrochemicals in conformity with the national and international phytosanitary control requirements to weed out counterfeit and ensure quality.
During the event, ACN also disseminated the findings of the baseline study on the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices (KAP) on counterfeit agro input among market actors within the Elgon subregion of Eastern Uganda. The baseline study findings will inform the rollout of the multi-media campaign.
In Uganda, the growth of the agricultural input market and agricultural productivity is constrained by the pervasive sales of counterfeit products which disincentivizes farmers and firms from investing in high-quality inputs. Counterfeit products range from benign fake or adulterated materials to banned substances that are harmful to crops and human health. FtF IAM works with the Government of Uganda and private sector institutions to facilitate a process that would lead to the increased trade of quality and genuine agricultural inputs and strengthen the enforcement of rules and regulations against counterfeits.