FtF IAM works with grain off-takers with an existing out-grower network of farmers to generate market for farmers in the refuge and hosting communities within the districts of Kamwenge, Kasese, Kitagwenda, and Isingiro. The intervention also facilitates access to improved agro-inputs and enhancing food trade among cooperatives and producer groups in both Southwestern Uganda and the Karamojong sub-region.
This week, Okeba Uganda Limited purchased 215 MTs of soya bean grain from 477 farmers (216 females) from Kamwenge and Kasese districts and 53 MTs of soya bean seed from 102 seed multipliers (54 female) from Kamwenge District. In Uganda, smallholder farmers constitute most of the producers in the agricultural sector, contributing to over 70% of the total agricultural production in the country. Though the sector contributes 37% of the National Gross Domestic Product, and 80% of Uganda’s labor force earns their livelihood from it as of 2019, limited skills among small-holder farmers, high post-harvest losses, and failure to access better market opportunities restrict growth. Through stronger out-grower networks, Okeba continues to train the farmers on proper post-harvest handling practices such as proper drying, cleaning, sorting, and storage to ensure quality and better market prices.