The “MUIIS Cooperative Platform” aims to gather about 150 leaders and managers of agricultural cooperatives (coops) and farmer organisations (FOs) targeted by the MUIIS project, for a 5-day event at NARO-Kawanda.
The Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is a 3 years project striving to promote smallholder agribusiness innovation in Uganda. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the G4AW Facility of Netherlands Space Office (NSO). It is being implemented by a consortium of partners including EARS (Earth Environment Monitoring), eLEAF Competence Center, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), and Mercy Corps, with the leadership of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). In addition, the consortium partners work closely with five other implementing agencies: the Ugandan Cooperative Alliance (UCA), the Ugandan National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Agricultural Insurance Consortium (AIC) and Ensibuuko Technologies.
MUIIS focuses on three information products for agriculture – weather alerts, agronomic tips and financial services (including index-based drought insurance). With the help of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs), MUIIS supports activities that raise productivity of maize, soya bean, beans, and sesame across 50 districts in Uganda. Over 350,000 farmers in Central, Eastern, Northern, and Western Uganda are expected to benefit from the MUIIS Service Bundle.
The “MUIIS Cooperative Platform” aims to mobilise the participation of coops and FOs in the MUIIS project, so as to promote and facilitate usage of ICT4Ag applications by Ugandan farmers and to improve the viability and competitiveness of cooperative agribusiness in Uganda.
CTA organises three “Cooperative Platforms” every year to promote development and innovation in farmer-owned agribusiness across sub-Saharan Africa. These Platforms are the core activity of the EDC project (Enhancing Development through Cooperatives), which is led by CTA and financed by the EU, OCDC, USAID, Oxfam-GB and Ford Foundation. Each platform is tailored to the specific need of a development project implemented by CTA or its partners (MUIIS in this case). The three platforms organised last year were held in Malawi in the context of a development project led by FAO and GIZ; in Madagascar a project by NCBA-CLUSA; as well as in Uganda for the CIAT-led project. So, the “MUIIS Cooperative Platform” aims to be specifically tailored to achieve the objectives of the MUIIS project, while building upon last year’s platform and offer a second opportunity to Ugandan coops and FOs to come together as a united national movement to learn about and advocate for agribusiness innovation.