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Value Addition And Quality Food Trade Spotlight Of The Week- SUPPORTING MEMBER-BASED ORGANISATIONS TO BECOME MORE PROFITABLE

Value Addition and Quality Food Trade Spotlight of the Week- SUPPORTING MEMBER-BASED ORGANISATIONS TO BECOME MORE PROFITABLE

  • Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity is collaborating with two consortiums of local business advisory service providers, led by Asigma Capital Advisory and Outbox, to offer technical assistance to 20 member-based organizations (MBOs). The assistance is focused on supporting MBOs to become profitable agribusinesses, enabling them to access higher-quality markets and financial services. Asigma and Outbox have completed the MBO capacity needs assessments and began to develop service packages for the MBOs. Last Friday, June 17, FtF IAM convened a meeting with Asigma and Outbox to understand the constraints and learning that have arisen during early implementation and to discuss the need to adapt FtF IAM’s original strategy. This week, FtF IAM held smaller, follow-on, group meetings that reviewed the partners’ findings and recommendations and how business advisory services can be adapted in response to the initial assessments and MBO engagements. FtF IAM plans to modify the scopes for these partners based on these meetings and ongoing discussions.
  • FtF IAM has partnered with 6 local organizations and market associations to strengthen the efforts and capacity of market associations to come up with innovative and practical interventions toward adhering to the COVID-19 Protocols in marketplaces. This week, these partners held inception meetings with the District Local Government, COVID 19 Task forces.
    • Forum for Kalongo Parish Women Association (FOKAPAWA) held a stakeholder inception meeting for Kaabong District; market association members, Town Council Leaders, and District representative attended (total attendance reached was 21 with 13 female 8 female and managed to select 3 volunteers signed terms of reference (1 male and 2 female);
    • Responsive Drivers (ReDU) held two inception meetings in Gulu and Amuru districts with major Local Government stakeholders (District Health Officers, Market Association leaders, District COVID 19 task forces, and some market vendors) in the two districts. They identified ten COVID-19 task force members for each of the three markets: Layibi market (6 women), Bardege market (6 women), and Atiak market (7 women);
    • Agency for Development of Young Farmers in Uganda (ADYOFU) held an inception meeting with the district, Town Council and Market Traders’ Association leaders of Kotido District on Tuesday 21st June 2022 to introduce the project to the district leadership, town council/division leaders and other important stakeholders.
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