The mandate of MAAIF is derived from the national objectives of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda XI (ii) which provides that the state shall “stimulate agricultural, industrial, technological and scientific development by adopting appropriate policies and enactment of enabling legislation” and Objective XXII (a) which provides that the state shall “take appropriate steps to encourage people to grow and store adequate food.” The Constitution therefore bestows responsibility for management of the agriculture sector with MAAIF. This is the basis from which the mandate of the Ministry has been derived.
The mandate of the Ministry is: “To promote and support sustainable and market oriented agricultural production, food security and household incomes”.
Vision A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.
To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.
To initiate the formulation and review of the policy and legal framework for the sector;
To establish and implement systems for service provision in the sector
To strengthen and implement strategies, regulatory framework, standards, institutional structures and infrastructure for quality assurance and increased quantities of agricultural products to access and sustain local, regional and export markets;
To design and implement sustainable capacity building programmes for stakeholders in the agricultural sector through training, re-tooling, infrastructure, provision of logistics, ICT;
To develop strategies for sustainable food security;
To develop appropriate agricultural technologies for improved agricultural production, productivity and value addition through research;
To develop effective collaborative mechanisms with affiliated institutions;
To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including UBOS.