Development of Inclusive markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)

Development of Inclusive markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)

  • Countries :Uganda, Tanzania

Overview:

DIMAT project was a 4 years project (2012-2015) implemented in 17 districts in northern, eastern, central and western Uganda (Apac, Gulu, Kitgum, Amuru, Pader, Lira, Iganga, Butalejja, Pallisa, Soroti, Hoima, Kyenjojo, Kabarole , Busia, Mbale, Sironko , Kibaale, Bushenyi, Kamwenge, Rakai, Masaka, Mubende , Soroti, Pallisa, Kibuku, Kamuli , Masindi, Kiryandongo . The project was funded by the Government of Uganda and UNDP and was designed to build on inclusive business approaches between actors in the agricultural value chain (VC): Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Off-taker companies, Business Support Associations (BSAs), Potential Business Call to Action (BCtA) initiative companies (e.g. Barclays, Centenary Bank, etc.), Rural Producer Organizations (RPOs) and, ACEs amongst others. The project was implemented by Enterprise Uganda, which was responsible for the coordination, production and management of the day-to-day implementation of the project’s activities. Partners responsible for implementing specific activities under the project were Kilimo Trust, Eastern Private Sector Development Centre (EPSEDEC), Acholi Private Sector Development Centre (APSEDEC), and, Private Sector Development and Consultancy Centre (PRICON).

The project objective:

The main objectives of the project were:

  1. To establish business linkages in selected value chains.
  2. Develop and operationalize pro-poor business models in the agricultural sector.
  3. Support 200 MSMEs in the selected agricultural value chains to access and utilize agricultural extension services and, financial services, technology, market information assets.

What has been achieved:

  • Forty (40) business linkages were established in 22 districts, targeting 15,000 farmers.
  • Through 29 business associations; 9,922 MT, valued at US$ 3.4 Million of produce was bulked and sold by participating producer organizations.
  • Five (5) innovative business models were developed and 2 piloted together with private sector companies.
  • 4,623 farmers accessed and utilised agro-inputs (seeds and agro-chemicals) as a result, beans yield increased from 0.35MT/Ha to 0.8MT/Ha and rice yields increased from 0.8MT/Ha to 1.8MT/Ha.
  • 7,501 were trained on Good Agricultural Practices and Good Post harvest handling.
  • Over 4,000 VSLAs were formed and/or revived i.e. by project end, each farmer was saving between US$1.67 – US$6.67 on a weekly basis.
  • 250 SHFs accessed timely market information for decision making.
  • 5 value chain studies (Rice, Coffee, Honey, Cassava and Beans) were undertaken.

Contact Person

Patrick Muganga - amugambi@kilimotrust.org

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