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A manifesto to ensure a voice for farmers in Uganda

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    An online mentoring service for small-scale livestock farmers in Benin
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    An online advisory and problem-solving service is helping livestock farmers to overcome challenges and increase production in Benin and other parts of West Africa. The private service grew out of a blog written by Louis Agbokou, who works as livestock advisor at a government agricultural agency in Benin. During on- site visits to farms in the districts that he covered, the livestock engineer became increasingly convinced of the need for wider-ranging technical assistance, to be delivered remotely. The online service that he developed has proved effective in troubleshooting a range of livestock farmers’ problems. Advice is delivered via social media channels, as well as through email communication. The service has proved particularly popular with younger farmers, and is provided on a fee-paying basis, while the blog can be accessed free of charge. The initiative shows that even small-scale ICT-based agricultural solutions can be effective, using basic digital tools and resources. The practice is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are being urged to limit travel and face-to-face encounters.
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    The dairy sector accounts for 6.5 percent of Uganda’s agricultural gross domestic product and is a key industry outlined in Uganda’s Third National Development Plan. Dairy export revenues reached a record high of UGX 358.6 billion in the period 2017–2020, but despite the impressive growth, dairy export values fell short of the Agro-Industrialisation Programme targets of UGX 368.7 billion for the first year. The dairy sector is also hampered by low milk productivity and demand, a large informal sector, and non-tariff barriers to international trade. This study, produced jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Uganda’s Dairy Development Authority, reviews price incentives to smallholder dairy producers by assessing the effects of trade and market policies and dynamics on domestic milk prices in Uganda from 2005 to 2021, using indicators such as the nominal rate of protection (NRP), nominal rate of assistance (NRA) and the market development gap (MDG). These indicators reveal that milk farmers and traders receive prices below the international-equivalent price due to a largely informal and poorly integrated market, prohibitive marketing costs, and a drop in international demand of Ugandan milk. The study recommends increasing market access and commercialization of the sector by improving transport infrastructure, addressing food and mouth disease, diversifying export markets, incentivizing formalization through a training and certification scheme, and supporting a commodity manufacturing cooperative to promote value addition. This report informed the formulation and adoption of the Dairy Policy Action Plan by the Dairy Development Authority.

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