Uganda Vision 20140 is a key strategy document for the government of Uganda (GOU) and aims to make Uganda a middle-income country by 2040. The National Development Plan II (NDP2) mentions the development of the livestock sector as one of these strategies, and in particular Uganda’s ability to produce some of the best beef in Africa.
The European Union (EU) identified the opportunity of the beef sub-sector within the National Indicative Plan (NIP) for Uganda and agreed to co-fund, the GOU, a five-year project with a 15 million Euro contribution. The project is funded under the 11th European Union Development Fund (EDF) The project is called “Developing a Market Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meat Industry in Uganda” (MOBIP) and is implemented by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Part of the grant provided by the EU is a grant to Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union (UMPC) and for a service contract to engage the Technical Assistance Team to the project.
Overall objective: To contribute to a competitive, profitable, job-intensive, gender responsive and environmentally-sustainable agricultural sector in Uganda, in order to alleviate poverty and improve food and nutrition security.
Specific objective: Use a holistic value chain approach in the targeted geographical areas, to leverage an increase in the overall performance (in terms of production volume, quality, value addition, increased employment and environmental sustainability) of the Ugandan meat value-chain.
Purpose: Support both the public and the private sector, with a focus on smallholders and small beef-related agribusiness, to work together towards promotion of an environmentally-sustainable, climate-resilient, low-emission, local and regional meat industry – which respects as far as possible animal welfare practices and is responsive to the different needs of women and men, mainly in terms of nutrition and social welfare
MOBIP Results areas
The project will be implemented through the following three results areas that aim at addressing the major challenge affecting the beef meat industry:
Result 1 – The policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the beef value chain are reviewed, updated and enforced* . A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.
This result area will be achieved through the following activities
1.1 Needs identification for review and update of the legislative and policy frameworks.
1.2. Review and update the legislative and policy frameworks.
1.3. Dissemination and publication of the results of the review.
1.4. Support the control, inspection and enforcement systems
1.5. Strengthen environmental monitoring of beef/meat-related activities.
Result 2 – Beef meat production, productivity and quality assurance in the targeted areas is enhanced, giving priority to climate smart, environmentally sustainable, locally developed practices including small-holder agriculture and attention to rural livelihoods and formation of producer groups, including women’s groups when available. The following activities will be implemented to achieve this result:
2.1 Promote animal disease control and prevention in the targeted areas
2.2 Strengthening small holder livestock farmer associations (including women’s groups)
2.3 Sustainable support to local brood stock.
2.4 Improve pasture (Rangeland) management
2.5 Promote integrated water management
2.6 Construction of water harvesting infrastructures.
2.7 Promote supplementary feeding
Result 3 – Improved marketing, transportation and value addition for beef meat from the targeted area: aiming to promote local meat consumption to stimulate the market, stimulating demand for processed meat products, increasing safer meat processing and ensuring animal welfare practices during transportation. The results will be achieved through the following activities:
3.1 Carry out needs identification for support to slaughtering facilities and the market chain particularly in addressing animal welfare standards along the transportation chain
3.2 According to the needs identification, two options are possible: building a new regional abattoir in one of the DCZ, through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), or rehabilitating existing slaughter facilities (slaughterhouses, slabs, etc.) at local level.
3.3 Support urban women groups’ commercialization of cooked beef products to stimulate local demand for beef and beef products.
Policy and Legislation
Ensures policy is up to date, relevant to the current standards and norms and in enforce to ensure compliance
Promotion of animal disease control and prevention
Ensuring optimal animal breed type according to location and production system. Use of indigenous, exotic and cross breed to optimize animal productivity
Nutrition, Water, Pasture and Rangelands
To maximise growth rates and minimize beef sector methane emissions, which contribute to climate change. To ensure access to improve pastures, feed and water
Transport, Marketing, processing and value addition and food safety
Ensures meat handler and consumer protection. Best practice will be promoted to support meat marketing and consumption.
Project Management unit (PMU)
The PMU will be responsible for the coordination of planning, monitoring and evaluation of all activities within the beef value chain.
The Contracting Authority for MOBIP is the National Authorising Officer (NAO) at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED) of the Government of Uganda, whilst the Project Supervisory Authority is the Directorate of Animal Resources, MAAIF. The project will be implemented by a Project Management Unit (PMU) under the Directorate of Animal Resources (DAR) in Entebbe, Uganda. The PMU has a National Programme Coordinator (NPC) and a Deputy NPC appointed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of MAAIF and a Technical Advisory Team (TAT) of three contracted key experts, plus support staff directly contracted by the EUD. The PMU works closely with the Component Heads of DAR.
Overall implementation of the Project activities at district and national levels is to be guided overall by the project Technical and Steering Committees. The committee will have the overall oversight and policy decision making responsibilities on major issues pertaining to the Project. The PMU will provide technical support to the steering committees for routine implementation of the Project activities through regularly Technical Committee Meetings which will be held no less than two weeks in advance of any Steering Committee.
The project implementation modality will be
• Indirect management with the Government of Uganda through a PMU
• Direct or indirect Management – Grants – Call for Proposal (targeting Non-State Actors or International Organizations specialised in the beef meat industry)
• The private sector will be a key stakeholder in the implementation of the project.
The duration of the programme will be 3 years and 8 months and 8 months for closure period as per EU regulation.
The Project will be implemented in the Central and South-Western part of the Cattle Corridor, in two areas formerly defined by MAAIF as “Disease Control Zones” (DCZ 1 & 2). The MOBIP will be implemented in the following districts: Bulisa, Kayunga, Kiboga, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Luwero, Masindi, Nakaseke, Nakasongola in Disease Control Zone 1 and Lwengo, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mbarara, Mityana, Mpigi, Mubende, Ntungamo, Greater Rakai (Rakai and Kyotera districts), Greater Kibaale (Kibaale, Kakumiro and Kagaadi Districts), Sembabule, Kiruhura, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Butambala, Gomba, Isingiro in Disease Control Zone 2. (Figure 1 Map) The project will also target Entebbe (Wakiso District), which is the location of MAAIF, and Kampala which is the location of UMPCU and the MAAIF (Wandegeya sub-office). Both Kampala and Wakiso Districts are strategic for a number of activities in the meat industry: transporters, slaughtering, processing, and also home to the most important private sector stakeholders and marketers where 70% of Uganda’s GDP is generated and 3 million urban consumers reside.