37 Strategic Frameworks in Use: Tracking Results Achieved in Collaboration with the USAID Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture

Kampala, 6th March 2020. The 5-year USAID Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture was officially closed by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries alongside Hon. Gume Frederick Ngobi the Minister of State for Cooperatives, Ms Victoria Cooper the Senior Vice President of Chemonics International and Mr. Rick Somarriba the Deputy Director of the U.S. Mission in Uganda.

As highlighted by Hon. Vincent Ssempijja the collaboration with the EEA delivered results guided by the Ministry Mission which is “To Transform Subsistence Farming to Commercial Agriculture” and Vision of “A Competitive, Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Sector.”

Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries speaking during the official closure.

The following are the areas of support to Government through Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries that include 37 POLICY INSTRUMENTS and technical assistance to Departments and Agencies of the Ministry:

  • Development of the National Agricultural Extension Policy and its Implementation Strategy to address past shortcomings in agricultural extension service delivery and cause sustained progression of smallholder farmers from subsistence agriculture to market oriented and commercial farming.
  • Launch of the National Seed Policy and Strategy to foster a pluralistic, competitive and vibrant seed system in Uganda ensuring farmers have access to quality seed, improved crop quality and expanded farm yields increasing incomes for farmers, traders, exporters and other seed sector actors.
  • Development of Harmonized farmer training materials on maize, beans, coffee, poultry and aquaculture for use by extension workers to train smallholder farmers and other actors in the value chains.
  • Development of the National Food and Agricultural Statistics System (NFASS) and the purchase of IT equipment and furniture worth $100,000 to outfit the national agricultural statistics data center. NFASS will aid MAAIF in evidence-based policy making, planning, investment analysis and performance assessment.
  • Development of the Climate Change Strategy for the Agriculture Sector to galvanise efforts to empower stakeholders to take measures towards the reduction of the negative impacts of climate change and variability on agriculture. The MAAIF Climate Change strategy is a response to government’s commitment to realize a climate-resilient and low-carbon development path for sustainable development in Uganda in line with the Uganda National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and its corresponding Implementation Strategy (2015).
  • Capacity strengthening initiatives including training of Ministry Top Policy Management, Senior Management, Inspectors and Extension workers and finally but not least,
  • Collaboration in the development of the draft Agricultural Mechanization, Livestock and SPS policies

USAID Feed the Future EEA Support to Government through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Hon. Gume Frederick Ngobi the Minister of State for Cooperatives represented Hon. Amelia Kyambadde the Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

The following are the areas of support and achievements as highlighted by Hon. Gume Frederick Ngobi the Minister of State for Cooperatives.

Developing the National Grain Trade Policy and Strategy: USAID through the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity supported MTIC to develop the National Grain Trade Policy and its operationalizing instrument the National Grain Trade Policy Implementation Strategy. The support went towards:

  • Funding Technical working group meetings
  • Hiring a consultant to support MTIC in the development of the strategy
  • Consultation meetings on the policy and
  • Launch of the two instruments -Policy in 2015 and strategy in 2018
  • Convening a grain trade policy and strategy implementing partners conference

Support to the Warehouse Receipt System Authority to develop a Warehouse and Warehousing Standard for bagged storage of cereals and Pulses. USAID through EEA financed simplifying the standard into easy to understand version and trained Trainers on the standard as well as food graders and handlers.

Assistance to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards for the simplification of the East Africa Community Standards for Dry Maize and Green Beans. USAID supported UNBS to simplify the EAC Maize Grain and EAC Dry Beans into simplified versions in the form of easy to read posters and user guides. These were translated into six commonly spoken languages in Uganda, namely Ateso, Lugbara, Luganda, Luo, Runyakitara and Swahili

The awareness materials have been adopted by UNBS to simplify other commodity standards and have also been adopted at the EAC level as reference materials for food graders and handlers.

Reviewing the National Cooperatives Policy and Developing the National Cooperatives Policy Implementation Plan

Enacting the Agricultural Produce Bill

Hired a Regulatory Impact Assessment Consultant to support MTIC in the development process

Supported a meeting to agree on the need to enact the Act

Supported several Technical Working Group Meetings

Support to WTO Notifications:

EEA supported MTIC to conduct trainings on WTO electronic notifications (e-ping) for selected District Local Government officials and key private sector stakeholders. The training helped government to intensify notifying other WTO members on legal and regulatory instruments developed by Uganda. Currently, Uganda ranks among the best performing countries on WTO notifications.

Key outcomes:

  • World food programme has elevated Uganda as it International Grain Hub. This has benefited Ugandan farmers through increased incomes arising out of premium prices WFP offers on supply contracts
    • Several grain processing plants have been established (Mubende. Mityana, Kasese)
    • Increased number of cross-border traders to and from Kenya and Congo evidenced increased issuance of certificates of origin at the borders
    • Increased food safety and food security through a campaign to reduce effects of aflatoxins in cereals and pulses

Notes for editors

About the USAID Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity

The USAID Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity is a USAID-Funded project through the US Government channeled support for policy, planning and capacity development in the Agricultural Sector of Uganda mainly through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives.

Project Goals

  • Remove policy and regulatory barriers to agricultural production, processing, marketing, and trade
  • Train the Ugandan government to better support agricultural development
  • Enable the agricultural sector to adapt to the effects of climate change
  • Incorporate perspectives from the government, private sector, and civil society into the reform process

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

Strategic Objectives

  • 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 and 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 and
  • To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

About the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives             

Mandate: The mandate of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MoTIC) as derived from the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995 – Article 189, Sixth Schedule Sections 11, 12, 13, 20, 23, 25 and 29) is: “To formulate, review and support policies, strategies, plans and programs that promote and ensure expansion and diversification of trade, cooperatives, environmentally sustainable industrialization, appropriate technology development and transfer to generate wealth for poverty eradication and benefit the country socially and economically.”

Vision: The vision of the Ministry is: “Sustainable cooperatives, competitive trade and world class industrial products and services”

Mission: The mission of the Ministry is: “To develop and promote a competitive and export-led Private Sector through accelerating industrial development for economic growth.”