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Accelerating small holder farmers Access to Market Information

To increase small holder farmers access to sustained market information in the villages.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Idea: To develop Village Based Market Information System (VBMIS) to increase access to market information by smallholder farmers. The project will establish Village Based Market Information System centres at villages using board, Sending Short Messaging (SMS) produce prices to farmers phones and radio announcements of produce prices in Uganda and globe to enable increased access to price information, types and quality of produce in demand nationally, regionally and internationally. Provision of accurate, timely, and appropriate information enables small-holders farmers to make better decisions about what to produce and where to sell it. Problem: Lack of accurate and relevant market information has been identified as a major obstacle in efforts to improve the agricultural sector in Uganda and very few small hodler farmers and individuals have access to such information. Small holder farmers are unaware of prices and other market conditions even in their nearest town which puts them in an impossibly vulnerable bargaining position with traders who are able to take advantage of their ignorance. Farmers are also unaware of the types and quality of produce being sought by national, regional, and international customers which hinders the entire nation in its efforts to earn more from exports. The lack of market information has the effect of draining resources out of rural areas where most poor people live.

WHO BENEFITS?

Subsistence small holder farmers, individuals, commercial farmers, produce traders both small medium enterprises large, and the government of Uganda. The benefits of beneficiaries from the idea: (i) Increased agricultural production and productivity. (ii) Increased employment creation. (iii)A functional networking system established. (iv)Increased capital investment. (v)Increased access to markets. (vi)Improved networking among farmers.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

The idea will be implemented in West Nile region Uganda.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

We are organization aiming to promote and support transition from subsistence to farming as business through quality and sustainable farming approaches, better farming technologies and life skill enterprise development and management.

Title: Accelerating small holders’ farmers’ access to market information.

(a)Idea: To develop Village Based Market Information System (VBMIS) to increase access to market information by smallholder farmers. The project will establish Village Based Market Information System centres at villages using board, Sending Short Messaging (SMS) produce prices to farmers phones and radio announcements of produce prices in Uganda and globe to enable increased access to price information, types and quality of produce in demand nationally, regionally and internationally. Provision of accurate, timely, and appropriate information enables small-holders farmers to make better decisions about what to produce and where to sell it.

(b)Problem: Lack of accurate and relevant market information has been identified as a major obstacle in efforts to improve the agricultural sector in Uganda and very few small hodler farmers and individuals have access to such information. Small holder farmers are unaware of prices and other market conditions even in their nearest town which puts them in an impossibly vulnerable bargaining position with traders who are able to take advantage of their ignorance. Farmers are also unaware of the types and quality of produce being sought by national, regional, and international customers which hinders the entire nation in its efforts to earn more from exports. The lack of market information has the effect of draining resources out of rural areas where most poor people live.

(c) Objectives of the Village Based Market Information System Consultancy

Overall objective: Set up a sustainable Village Based Market Information System (VBIS) that will enable targeted farmers access to price information and available market for the relevant crops of West Nile sub region.

The specific objectives

(i)  Set up Village Based Market Information System (VBIS) in the project target area.

(ii)  Map existing markets in West Nile sub region and major traders in commodities of interest.

(d) Village Based Market Information System (VBMIS) activities

Conducting survey on VBIS agro-brokers and village information centres to identify VBIS agro-brokers and VBMIS Centres in the targeted parishes.

Training VBMIS agro brokers in village based information system management.

Linkage of VBMIS agro-brokers to most appropriate market information service providers and avail communication materials.

Follow up on performance of the VBMIS system.

Organize field visits and meetings to identify major produce markets and traders in the project areas in West Nile.

Disseminate contact list of local, regional National and international markets to VBIS agro- brokers in meetings and during support supervision.

(e) Methodologies/Strategies

 The project will employ the following methods to implement activities:

(i) Survey to identify VBMIS agro-brokers and VBMIS centres in the project area.

(ii) Meetings

(iii) Field visits

(iv)Trainings

(v) Mentoring VBIS agro-brokers

(vi) VBMIS curriculum development

Conducting survey on VBIS agro-brokers and village information centres to identify VBIS agro-brokers and VBMIS Centres in the targeted parishes. We shall develop and use questionnaire organize field visits to collect data, analyze the data collected, develop selection criteria for VBMIS centres and VBMIS agro-brokers, meeting with stakeholders and selection of 100 VBMIS centers and 100 VBMIS agro-brokers.

Training VBMIS agro brokers in village based information system management and establishing VBIS centres.

Develop VBIS training manual.

Conduct trainings of VBIS agro-brokers on VBIS management.

Establish VBIS centers by providing VBIS Centres with VBIS start kit (village information board, staple machine, paper punch machine, office glue, box file, rim of paper, staple wires, contact list of produce markets local, sub-region, regional, national and international and contact list of produce traders in West Nile region).

Linkage of VBIS agro-brokers to most appropriate market information service sources

  • Radio market information on prices of produce in the West Nile region.
  • Weekly VBIS agro-brokers subscription to info-trade SMS market information on prices of commodities, markets and standards requirements.
  • Organize regional markets visits in West Nile region.

Follow up on performance of the VBIS system

Develop VBIS Monitoring and Evaluation frame work.

Conduct routine M&E meetings with all stake holders monthly

Conduct support supervision weekly

Appraise VBIS Agro-brokers monthly

Organize field visits and meetings to identify major produce markets and traders in the project areas in West Nile

Organize inception meeting with the District commercial office.

Conduct market visits to identify major produce markets and traders produce standard requirements.

Meeting with the ministry of trade, commerce and industry to establish contact lists National and international Produce markets besides info trade information.

Disseminate contact list of local, regional National and international markets to VBIS agro- brokers in meetings and during support supervision

Print contact list of chairpersons of markets and enterprise produce traders in west Nile region.

Organize meeting at sub-county level to disseminate contact lists to the VBIS agro-brokers.

Monitoring and Evaluation plan

  • Develop VBIS Monitoring and Evaluation framework.
  • Conduct monthly support supervision and mentorship meetings with VBIS agro-brokers.
  • Appraise VBIS agro-brokers monthly.
  • Conduct monthly Participatory Monitoring and evaluation meetings with stakeholders.
  • Write weekly and monthly project reports on activities and general project management.
  • Final project report after six months.
  • Budget estimate $155,000
  • Duration one year.

VBMIS Project Personnel and Staffing

The project will be managed by personnel with experience in agri-business development and management and those who are also fluent in local languages.

List of Key VBIS Project Personnel

S/No

Name

Title

Qualification

Experience

01

Galumgbe

Rashid

Programme Manager

Masters of Science Management

2 years

02

Gobo Denis

Project Coordinator

BSc. Agriculture

10 years

03

Bandale Mathew

Marketing Information Officer

National Diploma in Crop Production Management

5 years

04

Ezati Charcles Palms

Marketing Information Officer

Masters of Science in Agriculture

4 years

05

Maaziyo Hope Morris

Marketing Information Officer

BSc. Agriculture

1 year

  (k)Sustainability plan

The VBMIS Agro-brokers capacity built and VBMIS Centres established will promote sustainability after the project completion.

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