Value Chain Analysis of the Bean Sub-sector in Uganda

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In the East African Community (EAC) Region, Uganda is ranked second to Tanzania in the production of common beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris). Beans provide 25% of the total dietary calorie intake and 45% of the protein intake in Uganda. Beans are grown in two planting seasons: i) March to June season; and the ii) September to November season with the highest output with 59% of all the beans in Uganda being produced during this season.

Given the importance of beans, it is necessary to understand what the situation of the bean sub-sector in the country is in terms of production, marketing and consumption and also map the different actors in the bean value chain. The study employed value chain (VCA) and SWOT analyses approaches to achieve its objectives. The VCA approach is an accounting framework which uses both the functional and economic analysis (at market prices) of an identified value chain, while SWOT analysis is a framework for generating strategic alternatives from a situation analysis by identifying the strengths and weaknesses, and opportunities and threats.

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