Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Uganda Biodiversity Fund

Entebbe, 18th December 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal, Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has entered into a Memorandum of understanding with the Uganda Biodiversity fund (UBF) as an initial step to strengthen collaboration and their common interest in supporting the conservation of Uganda’s biological diversity.

The key challenge in agricultural development is how to increase production to meet the growing demand for food, feed and bio-energy, while conserving biodiversity and reducing pressure on natural resources and ecosystems. Agriculture and food production rely heavily on biodiversity conservation.

Agro-Biodiversity includes all components of biological diversity of relevance to food and agriculture together with the components of biological diversity that constitute the agro-ecosystem.

Overall, it includes the domesticated plants and animals that are part of crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species, the wild relatives of domesticated species, and other wild species harvested for food and other products. It also encompasses what is known as “associated biodiversity”, the vast range of organisms that live in and around food and agricultural production systems, sustaining them and contributing to their output.

On the other hand, biodiversity is the sum of all terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, species and genetic diversity. It includes the variability within and among living organisms and the ecological complexes of which they are part.

Why this Partnership between MAAIF and UBF is important

Both UBF and MAAIF share a common interest of protecting Biodiversity in Uganda as a channel through which their organizational mandates will be achieved.  Both organizations agreed to sign an MOU as a platform to jointly fundraise and mobilize financial resources targeting Agro-biodiversity projects in Uganda.

Both organizations will use their wide networks and expertise to Mobilize, manage and implement the new and ongoing efforts with in MAAIF that promote Biodiversity Conservation in Uganda.

Notes for editors

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).

For media-related inquiries and accreditation contact Solomon Kalema Musisi, Senior Communications Officer-Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries using the email below:

solomon.kalema@agriculture.go.ug

About UBF

UBF is an independent funding institution, ‘a Trust Fund’ established as a mechanism to provide sustainable financing for the conservation of priority biodiversity in Uganda.   The mission of UBF is “to serve as a catalyst for mobilizing, managing and channeling financial resources for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Uganda for the benefit of current and future generations.  The Trust has a goal to be the leading grant making institution in Uganda that awards grants to support national and community-based institutions, and individuals involved in protecting and conserving Uganda’s rich biodiversity and to mobilize sustainable monetary resources to bridge the financing gap currently standing at $80 million per year.