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Value Addition And Quality Food Trade Spotlight Of The Week- BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF PRIVATE SECTOR MEMBER BASED ORGANISATIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETIES

Value Addition and Quality Food Trade Spotlight of the Week- BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF PRIVATE SECTOR MEMBER BASED ORGANISATIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETIES

  • The Link Agency East Africa Limited (TLAEA), a private consultancy firm contracted by Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FTF IAM) Activity completed the Organizational Capacity and Structure Assessment of Mbale Industrial Millers Association (MIAMA). This assessment will inform the technical assistance to MIAMA and help the association decide what to invest in. MIAMA doesn’t have strong income generation sources as an association but rather as individual millers. The members’ loyalty is gradually strengthening under its new leadership but there is still a lot of work to be completed to improve management capacity. TLAEA collaboratively drafted and submitted for review a business strategy that includes MIAMA’s inclusive business plan, business model, financial model (leveraging on the SACCO establishment), and four relevant internal policies documents and guidelines (Finance, Governance, Human Resource, and Procurement). Furthermore, one (1) additional miller attained the UNBS standard Quality mark (Q-mark) raising the number to 21/77 millers whose products conform to the level of the national standard.
  • The East African Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with Makerere University and the Ministry of Agriculture collaborated with FTF IAM to build capacities of grain storage facilities’ fumigators (i.e., Training and Certification of FUMIGATORS). The activity supported 3 individuals to participate in the training course, which covered skills and learnings on the physical and chemical properties of fumigants; effects of different fumigants on different commodities; use of safety and detection equipment; dosage calculation and preparation; application of fumigants; testing of gas levels and degassing; integrated field and storage pest management. The three (3) participants supported by FtF IAM attained certification and are expected to scale up their fumigation services businesses with an aim of maintaining and or improving grain quality at the miller’s warehouses.
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