26th September 2019
We are very pleased to share that the new beef cattle productivity improvement program “Improving competitiveness and productivity of the beef sub-sector through fostering gender responsive, inclusive and Sustainable rangeland, Agro-forestry and water resources management (RAWM-Beef)”. RAWM-Beef, a joint initiative by NARO-NaLIRRI and partners; Food and Agricultural Research Organization – FAO-UG, Consortium for University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development – CURAD, and Agriculture Environment and Ecosystem Limited – (AGRENES), a local company specializing in agro-distribution and related infrastructure. The consortium’s intervention focusing on improving Rangeland rehabilitation and water management in the project area was selected for the grant of 1.5million EUR. The RAWM-Beef project aims to ensure and further beef productivity improvements in Uganda’s Disease Control Zones 1 & 2 and foster food security, entrepreneurship and employment in the country. It will target nine (9) Districts in Disease Control Zones DCZ 1 (Masindi, Kiboga, Nakasongola, Nakaseke and Kyankwanzi) and DCZ 2 (Isingiro, Mbarara, Sembabule and Kiruhura). The grant agreement was formally signed on the 12 of August, 2019 by NARO’s Director General and the National Authoring Officer – NAO of the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. It was then officially endorsed for financing by the head of the delegation of the EU in Uganda.
RAWM-Beef GRANT FOR IMPROVING BEEF PRODUCTIVITY IN THE CATTLE CORRIDOR.
The RAWM-Beef Partnership grant is part of the project “Developing A Market – Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meat Industry in Uganda, MOBIP” hosted at the by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (refer to https://www.agriculture.go.ug/developing-a-market-oriented-and-environmentally-sustainable-beef-meat-industry-in-uganda-mobip/ ). RAWM-Beef project’s main goal is, “to Use a holistic approach to develop Uganda’s meat value-chain in the targeted geographical areas, to leverage an increase in its overall performance in terms of production volumes, quality, value addition, increased employment, and environmental sustainability. The overall objective of the program is to address forage and water scarcity, supplementary feeding, rangeland deterioration, climate change impacts which spur low productivity, reduce farmers’ real incomes, food, and nutritional security”. This action is expected to create social safeguards which will ensure gender inclusivity in training for commercial forage production, conserved feed management, feedlot agriculture, water harvesting, and tree planting activities. All the four partners are working collaboratively to advance innovative sustainable solutions to address persistent challenges along the beef value chain
With the EU funding, this partnership aims to:
- promote gender responsive and inclusive climate-smart forage production technologies, innovations and management practices. The key actions will include; documentation of the conditions of rangeland ecosystems, analysis of patterns of utilization of rangeland resources and needs assessment for forage resources within the target communities. Gender and youth desegregated needs assessment for forage production and conservation and adoption pathways will be conducted. Build both human and infrastructural capacity of the stakeholders in sustainable fodder production (seed bulking centers), rangeland management and rehabilitation. Farmers will be provided with improved forage varieties and market information systems. The farmer communities will be trained on group dynamics, record keeping, entrepreneurship, and financial management, especially for women and youths as well as being facilitated to have access to credit and locally mobilized funding sources.
- develop the capacity of beef producers and district actors in sustainable and integrated water resources management. The key actions are; promoting integrated water management at the local level, construction of new water harvesting structures, and rehabilitation of the existing water harvesting infrastructures.
- promote agroforestry and rehabilitation of degraded rangeland habitats and watershed areas and the key activities will include supporting community-based tree seedling multiplication nurseries and establishing of community demonstration centers on tree production. Developing tree multiplication businesses models, especially for women and youths will be supported with improved forage and tree business enterprises, and supplementary feed production and commercialization
- Develop the capacity of stakeholders in sustainable exploitation of synergies in crop-livestock integration. The action will include training farmers and demonstrate best practices for integration of crops in livestock production systems. This will involve the use of maize, sugar cane, beans, and groundnuts crop residues as feed supplements and use of manure to enhance arable crop and fodder field soil fertility.
- approach the negative impacts on the environment of the beef value chain while strengthening resilience to climate change of the relevant actors especially women and youth operating smallholder farming scale.
The grant was officially handed over by the NAO on behalf of the EU to NARO’s Dr. Ambrose Agona (Director General), Dr. Swidiq Mugerwa (Director of Research – NaLIRRI and the Project’s Principe Responsible Party) and Mr. Abasi Kigozi (Projects Team Leader) on the 12 August 2019 at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development.