Statement of the Country Director a.i at the launch of the Value Chain Analysis reports
Honorable Minister of Agriculture (Guest of Honor),
Honorable Members of Parliament,
Heads of UN Agencies and Missions,
Heads of Government Institutions,
Heads of Civil Society Organizations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All Protocol Observed,
I would like to thank you all for coming to participate in the launch of the five Value Chain Analysis Reports, which have been prepared under the Project, “Support for the development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)” funded by UNDP. These value chain studies were commissioned by UNDP to provide detailed analytical information that would serve as a basis for selecting the agricultural commodities that the DIMAT project would support in terms of value chain upgrading and facilitating market access. The value chain analysis studies were carried out by Kilimo Trust, which is a responsible party under the project, in collaboration with Enterprise Uganda, Private Sector Development Companies and UNDP.
The DIMAT Project contributes to the “Market Access and Value Addition” programme of the Government’s Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan 2010 – 2015 (DSIP). In selecting the agricultural commodities for value chain studies, due consideration was made to ensure that the selected commodities were in line with the national priorities of the DSIP. A list of over 17 commodities under the DSIP was identified and subjected to a rigorous selection process, which included profiling studies and criteria tests, in order to arrive at five commodities that were further analysed, and whose reports are being presented here today.
The five commodities that were studied are coffee, beans, cassava, rice and honey. I would like to thank all the stakeholders involved in these five commodity sub-sectors who collaborated and contributed to the implementation of the studies, both in terms of providing information to the consultants as well as in validating the report. These reports have generated useful information and bench mark data that will be used by Government and other stakeholders in the course of their work in these areas.
In particular these reports have provided the DIMAT project with information that has formed the basis for selection of the commodities that the project will support, taking into account the Government of Uganda’s national development priorities and the UNDP Country Programme. The DIMAT project aims to support the development of inclusive markets in Agriculture by a) improving the competitiveness of markets in selected agricultural commodity value chains, and b) enhancing the participation of the poor and local communities in those markets as producers, entrepreneurs or employees. It is expected that the empowerment of individuals and communities to participate in those markets will enhance their capacity to increase productivity and incomes, and to improve their livelihoods.
The interventions of the project include; i) strengthening the capacities of small holder groups and business support associations so as to enhance their productivity and competitiveness; ii) establishing and strengthening business and market linkages with market off takers; iii) Facilitating access to appropriate technologies, extension and financial services; as well as iv) promoting innovative pro-poor business models that enhance the participation of small holder groups and businesses in integrated agricultural product and service value chains. The project is implemented by Enterprise Uganda in collaboration with Kilimo Trust and three Private Sector Development Companies (PSDCs) as the Responsible Parties, namely Private Sector Development and Consultancy Centre (PRICON), Eastern Private Sector Development Company (EPSEDEC), Acholi Private Sector Development Company (APSEDEC).
The DIMAT project will provide intervention support to cassava, beans and rice commodity value chains. We would like to invite all stakeholders and partners in involved in these three commodity sub sectors to collaborate with the project.
We in UNDP look forward to collaborating with Government, Development partners, Private Sector, Civil Society and the Media, Communities and other stakeholders in the implementation of the DIMAT Project.
I thank you for your attention and wish you fruitful discussions.
Sheila Kulubya, Communications Analyst