Agriculture Ministry, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation to partner in seed sub-sector development

Agriculture Ministry, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation to partner in seed sub-sector development

Entebbe, November 7, 2018 During a meeting that was held in Entebbe, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation kicked off preparations for a new project to boost seed sub-sector development.

During the meeting, a report from a study of gaps and opportunities in the sub-sector was handed over to Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries by Dr. Denis Tumwesigye Kyetere the AATF Executive Director.

According to Mr. Paul Mwambu the Commissioner for Crop Inspection and Certification, the recommendations in the study that was done by AATF are to be met through a partnership project that will be supported with a US$ 1 million grant from AGRA.

The grant, as highlighted by the AGRA Country Representative is aimed at enhancing quality of seed along the entire value chain from research to seed multiplication and distribution.

Above (Left to right): Dr. Denis Tumwesigye Kyetere the AATF Executive Director, Mr. Paul Mwambu the Commissioner for Crop Inspection and Certification and Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries at the handover of the study report in Entebbe.

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About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

About the African Agricultural Technology Foundation

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit foundation, managed and led by Africans to foster public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate technologies for improved agricultural productivity. AATF was incorporated in the United Kingdom in January 2003 and registered in Kenya, its host country, in April 2003. AATF is also registered as a charity under the laws of England and Wales. The Nairobi-based AATF’s vision is prosperous farmers and a food secure Africa, enabled through AATF’s catalytic role in bringing innovative technologies to smallholder farmers. The structure and operations of AATF draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors. Read more about AATF here

About the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa 

AGRA is a dynamic, African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.

AGRA, with initial support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, maintains offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana. AGRA’s integrated programs in seeds, soils, market access, policy and partnerships and innovative finance work to trigger comprehensive changes across the agricultural system. Their programs also strengthen agricultural education and extension, address the issue of efficient water management, and strive to involve and train youth. 

Read more about AGRA here.