Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity is collaborating with digital and finance service providers to improve the performance of agribusinesses. The Edge Trading Limited (The Edge) a coffee trading company, collaborating with FtF IAM on the digital integration of smallholder farmers and agricultural service providers in the coffee supply chain, trained 30 village agents and demonstrated an alternative drying technology of using raised beds or drying racks. The village agents will train farmers and guide them on building the drying beds. The agents appreciated the drying method because it allows the coffee to dry faster and uniformly. Setting up a drying rack that dries 400kg of wet coffee costs UGX 420,000 (est. $114). While more expensive than using a tarpaulin, the reduced post-harvest losses and improved coffee quality generate higher incomes for the farmer.
FtF IAM is partnering with Asigma Capital Advisory, a business advisory firm to offer technical support to ten Member Based Organizations (MBOs) to improve aggregation and commodity marketing. During the week of June 27, Asigma signed partnership agreements with four more MBOs in the Acholi sub-region bringing the total number of MBOs onboarded by Asigma to 14.