Agriculture is fundamental to Uganda’s economy, contributing 26% to GDP and employing about 69% of the population (Deloitte, 2016). Despite its huge potential, Uganda’s agricultural sector remains stifled by a number of challenges. It is still largely traditional, of subsistence and highly dependent on natural conditions such as rainfall and sunshine.
Uganda’s National Development plan (NDPII) identifies key binding constraints stifling development and most of them apply to the agriculture sector. Among others we mention: inadequate supply and limited access to critical production inputs, limited skilled labour, inadequate financing and financial services, low application of science, technology and innovation, and weak value chain linkages.
Today, technology presents an opportunity to transform agriculture through Commercialization, Aggregation, and Agri-business. Technology can ensure efficient operation of the value chain activities from production to processing, logistics, warehousing; increasing access to market information for better decision making.