By www.mknewslink.com reporter
Since March 2013, USAID’s Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity has worked to increase the production and marketing of key agricultural commodities specifically coffee, maize and beans in order to improve incomes for smallholder farmers and their families.
According to Dorothy Nanyonga; the information assistant U.S Embassy Kampala, the activity developed and promoted approaches to help build relationships among all groups involved in the agricultural sector, and to increase productivity and access to competitive markets.
This work led to a 60 percent increase in export volumes by participating farmers, and it created jobs for more than 4,000 Ugandan youth.
On October 18 and 19, USAID and its partners held a closeout dialogue for the activity in Jinja. Sheila Desai, Director of USAID’s Economic Growth Office in Uganda, said, “I am truly inspired by the strong public and private sector commitment to adopt and carry forward many of the approaches used by the activity. I am also excited that this closeout dialogue is allowing public and private sector actors who established relationships through the activity to deepen their engagement with other stakeholders.”
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.