Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment

Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment

Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment

Agriculture contributes 20% of Uganda’s GDP, accounts for 48% of exports (DSIP, 2010) and provides a large proportion of the raw materials for industry with food processing, alone accounting for 40% of total manufacturing. The sector employs 73% of the working population aged 10 years and older and government sees agriculture as the key determinant in the country’s efforts to reduce poverty in its long-term vision. Two of the four investment packages under the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan (DSIP) are (i) Enhancing Production and Productivity; (ii) Improving Access to Markets and Value Addition. ACSET – Uganda addresses the above two packages under a project titled; Soy Bean Production and Value Chain Development for Food and Economic Empowerment.

The Soy Bean sub-sector was chosen as the entry point for this intervention because of its contribution towards poverty alleviation in Uganda through various means; it serves as food for the households, can be processed to powder to curb down malnutrition in children below five years, can be marketed to increase economic resilience of farmers where income got can be channeled to cater for education, health and other household needs. Soy Bean in itself has a clear pathway out of poverty by addressing food and nutritional security of the households and economic empowerment.

ACSET – Uganda’s local value chain approach is used to build the capacity of farmers in marketing efficiency and to connect farmers with profitable markets that will yield reliable income streams for the farm produce, build capacity of civil society organizations, local government and private sector actors in line with value chain development. ACSET – Uganda’s Saving Group model builds farmers skills in financial literacy and value-adding technologies as well as establishment of collection centers for purposes of Post-harvest handling.