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NAKASONGOLA, UGANDA On 18th October 2019, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with its partners; Robran Holdings Limited, Livestock Development Forum, The Green Elephant –VOF, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Makerere University, Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited and Uganda Beef Producers Association with support from the European Union, launches the Promote Supplementary Feeding project which is under a programme known as “Developing a Market-Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meet Industry in Uganda (MOBIP)”. The implementation of MOBIP lies with  Directorate of Animal Resources (DAR) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).

The Suppl-F project will support beef Nucleus Farmers to setup a supplementary feeding demonstration site (feedlot). The project will support 10 nucleus farmers in 10-selected districts through trainings, provision of inputs and equipment to establish demonstration sites (demo sites) and handholding.  The selected district areas, formerly defined by MAAIF as Disease Control Zones (DCZ 1 & 2) are;

Cluster

Districts covered

DCZ1

Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Masindi, Nakaseke & Nakasongola

DCZ2

Lyantonde, Mubende, Kibaale, Kiruhura and Isingiro.

 The overall objective of Suppl-F project is to increase access and uptake of supplementary feeding in the project area by 10%.

The project is expected to increase access to quality supplementary feeding among the beef value-chain actors and to increase participation and uptake of supplementary feeds value chain opportunities by women and youth farmer groups. 

SUPP-L Project will address the following challenges;

  1. Low productivity levels: it is necessary to enhance beef meat production, productivity and quality assurance in the targeted areas through supplementary feeding in order to meet quality and food safety standards.
  2. Environment: there are currently inappropriate responses towards climate resilience that hinder market practices.
  3. Weak market dynamics: Numerous constraints can be identified refraining access to market and exploiting market opportunities (additional to the TOR).
  4. Gender: Women and youth are almost completely excluded from the beef value chain.

 

ABOUT SUPPL-F PROJECT PARTNERS

Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is Uganda’s apex body for the private sector. It is made up of over 200 business associations, corporate bodies and the major public sector agencies that support private sector growth. 

Since its founding in 1995, PSFU has served as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well as capacity building and continues to sustain a positive policy dialogue with Government on behalf of the private sector.  

Right from its inception, PSFU has been Government’s implementation partner for several projects and programmes aimed at strengthening the private sector as an engine of economic growth.

PSFU aims to strengthen Private Sector capacity for effective policy advocacy and market competitiveness nationally, regionally and internationally. Regionally, PSFU is the national focal point for the East African Business Council (EABC) and the COMESA Business Council (CBC). It aims to advocate for an improved business environment and work with Government to reduce the cost of doing business in Uganda.  

Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) is a membership organization established in 1987 to change perceptions and setup platform for promotion of women in business in Uganda. Over the years, they have invested heavily in developing and strengthening the entrepreneurial capabilities of women. 

Uganda Beef Producers Association (UBPA) is a membership organization comprising of stakeholders in the Beef industry. UBPA’s core functions are: advocacy, trainings, mobilization of its members, resource mobilization, and keeping of data bank. The association is putting in place a modern abattoir as a pre-condition for development of the exports. 

Robran Holdings Limited was formed by youth engaged in pasture production while at University and registered a business name “Makerere University Agribusiness Student’s Initiative”, then under the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Makerere University. Their involvement in pasture started in 2016 following selection by CURAD then implementing a World Bank funded project to commercialize pasture seed production in Uganda. These youth were the only private sector livestock pasture businesses and decided to incorporate a company “Robran Holdings” in 2018. Robran today are leading pasture promoters in Uganda. Their operations are in 13 districts, farms covering 900 acres of established pasture. They have supported farm management by developing pastures and improving livestock nutrition, innovating electronic farm management systems, facilitating farm planning, which have resulted into an increase in milk production on the farms by 80% and weight gain by 65%.

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) –Makerere University was formed in 2011 as a merger of four units namely the faculty of agriculture, faculty of forestry and nature conservation, faculty of geography and faculty of food Science technology. CAES has 3 schools including School of Agricultural Science where research on animal nutrition (supplementary feeds), beef production, amongst is done at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute – Kabanyoro. Still under the school of Agricultural Sciences is the Department of Agricultural production, which is a key resource for all round issues on livestock. Their research areas are diverse transcending the entire agriculture/food value chain. They are current involved in climate change research and water resource, equipment designs, risks and hazards, sustainable production systems, etc.

Livestock Development Forum (LDF) is company limited by guarantee with a membership of over 200 livestock farmers and cooperative unions across the entire country. The company was established in June 2017 to create a linkage between the livestock farmer and the other stakeholders that support the sector along the entire value chain. The main mandate of LDF is to Promote Sustainable Livestock Production through Genetics and Breeding; Nutrition (feeds); Management, farm structures and environment; Health; Financing; Research and training; and Marketing and value addition. LDF also boosts of experience in registering and managing livestock breed societies and developing partnership.

The Green Elephant (TGE) - VOF is a Dutch registered partnership and a fair profit sharing enterprise founded by RogierBuker and Dirk de Jong in 2017. The partnership has done extensive research in the Netherlands on feedlots, opened land in New Zealand and experimented on the feedlots. The company also has a subsidiary company in Uganda, registered as The Green Elephant Company Uganda. In Uganda, TGE currently produces and sale energy grass and silage from their Kyadondo factory in Wakiso district. They are establishing a 560Ha plantation in Luwero for large pellets and livestock feed factory. Their strength is vast experience in livestock feed block making using energy grass. They provide a sustainable and economical alternative for fossil and firework. They have wealth of expertise in energy grass research, and livestock management.

 

The Government of Uganda (GoU) has applied for credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards Additional Financing (AF) of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP AF) in order to scale up the successful outcomes, with the aim of deepening both the sustainability and impact of the current operations.

The Project Development Objective is to increase Private Sector Investment in Tourism Sector and strengthen access to and eff ectiveness of the Land Administration System. The AF is intended to complete the implementation of the Land and Tourism components while consolidating and enhancing the achievements realized as well as scaling up activities under these components.

In compliance with the World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies and Public Disclosure requirements, Government of Uganda through Private Sector Foundation Uganda/Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project has prepared an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) for Additional Financing projects.

The CEDP AF is expected to commence within Financial Year 2020/21 for a period of three years.

The Copies of the ESMF and RPF for the projects can be   pdf viewed here >> (3.11 MB)

HIGH LEVEL STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT ON BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY UGANDAN ECONOMY & BUILDING A RESILIENT FINANCIAL SECTOR

On 3rd September 2019, Uganda Development Bank (UDB) in conjunction with Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development convened a high level breakfast meeting for private & public sector players to discuss a paper on the 21st-century economy as well as share digitization insights from Mr. Arshad Rab, CEO of the European Organisation for Sustainable Development (EOSD) & he emphasized that Ugandans might have to acquire more skills especially in the technology sector if they are to sustain their jobs or find employment in high paying sectors. 

Mr. Arshad Rad said that the internet and technology were disrupting every industry from the way we produce food, manufacturing and do other jobs. Rab said not far from now, a job previously done by a low skilled employee will be easily done by a robot, which employers might find more affordable and convenient.

He noted Uganda needed to create at least 600,000 jobs a year to meet the demand but this calls for rethink on the which sectors to emphasize and tech-oriented businesses are the way to go, adding that agriculture, where 70 per cent of Ugandans are employed, needs to be thought through.

During the event, a joint statement was also signed between the Bank of Uganda and the European Organisation for Sustainable Development-EOSD to signify Uganda’s commitment to creating a strong financial sector.

During the presentation, Rab said that the government should facilitate the formation of agri-tech startups, facilitate irrigation, fertilizer applications, and use of robots to monitor plantations.

He added that companies carrying out manufacturing might not need any human being in their process of production, other than those in the control room.

He also noted that many Ugandans are also employed in the informal sector but these are low paying jobs and a lot of them would want to graduate to high paying jobs. These need high skills.

Bank of Uganda (BOU) Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the bank is facilitating the usage of technology to reach financial services users and financial inclusion.

The EOSD is pushing for the benefits of the 4th industrial revolution, where new industry sectors are being created, reshaping manufacturing and making some of the decades-old industries obsolete.

The EOSD will work with BoU and Uganda Development Bank to invest in organisations to help firms investing in technology and green economy.

 

PSFU position on the NSSF (Amendment) Bill 2019

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On Wednesday, 18 September 2019, PSFU team led by Gideon Badagawa & Board Member, Mr. Gordon Sentiba presented to the Parliamentary Finance Committee the private sector position on the NSSF (Amendment) Bill 2019.

The position paper presented was drafted after consultations with our members, and emphasis was that the National Social Security Fund Amendment Bill, 2019 is discriminatory to employees in the informal sector. PSFU notes with concern that the bill only provided for mandatory contributions for employees and employers in the formal sector. PSFU wants the bill amended to provide for the mandatory contribution of employees and employers in the informal sector to the National Social Security Fund-NSSF.

The Executive Director, Gideon Badagawa made the proposal as part of the views on the NSSF Bill, which is being scrutinized by the joint Finance and Gender Committee.  The Bill seeks to amend the NSSF Act 1985 to cater for the expansion of NSSF coverage through mandatory contribution from all firms that have employees, not a minimum of five workers, provide for midterm access to benefits for only voluntary members and to tax benefits of savers who withdraw before attaining the age of 60 years.

Badagawa argued that while the Bill removes the restriction on employers with less than five employees to contribute to long term savings and expands coverage beyond formal to informal enterprises, it only provides for voluntary contributions by people in the informal sector.

He says that the NSSF Act and the Bill don’t consider the need to include mandatory contributions from the self-employed people or those in the informal sector with about 15 million people compared to about 4 million workers in the formal sector.

Out of the 4 million workers in the formal sector, 500,000 are civil servants who don’t contribute to the mandatory savings. Badagawa says that the PSFU, with 250 members, and the private sector is interested in the Bill because it has the potential to make NSSF a source for cheap loans of less than 10 percent for long term investments that cannot be supported by the limited financial market.

He noted that NSSF has assets of Shillings 11.3 trillion out of the shillings 30 trillion in the financial market, arguing if all its members were active it would have assets of about Shillings 55 trillion, which would benefit farmers who are impeded by high commercial bank interest rates.

The PSFU Senior Private Sector Development Officer, Eric Sempambo, said that the private sector appreciates the provision to expand coverage but it must also consider workers from the informal sector to make mandatory contributions.

He argues that 15 million workers out of a total of 19 million workers in Uganda are in the informal sector, adding that introducing mandatory contributions for workers in the informal and formal sectors will result in more savings managed by NSSF.

Source: The Independent

The Business Case for the private sector to engage in climate action

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UNDP in partnership with PSFU through the Imapcti Solutions Consultants carried out a survey on how the private sector can engage in climate mitigation and adaptation actions in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) priority sectors which are; Energy and Energy Efficiency, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Agri Business and Forestry, Waste Management and Transport and Logistics and Infrastructure. 

About 35 companies filled in the survey and some notable ones which are members of PSFU (Corporate and Associations and recipients of grants under SDF AND ERT) include the following; Centenary Rural Development Bank, Roofings Group, Steel and Tube Industries, Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA), Wind Power Association of Uganda and Kinawataka Women Initiative (Recycled Plastic Straws) 

A workshop was then organized in June 18th -19th, 2019 to validate the findings of the survey for the private sector to engage in climate mitigation and adaptation actions gathering over 90 participants from the private sector, various Government ministries, development partners, media, and civil society.  

The workshop invited private sector companies to join interactive discussions on the latest knowledge, progress and remaining gaps on: • Understanding climate risks in Uganda, Business opportunities in Uganda’s NDC, Accessing climate financing, Supportive tools - SDG/NDC Impact Tool and Capacity building and partnerships. 

Some of the findings of the workshop include that the private sector can contribute to climate action by reducing their Green House Gas emissions, climate proofing their operations, developing new climate resilient products and services and especially financial services providing financial and de-risking products to fund climate innovations. 

In conclusion, the private sector needs a business case to invest in climate actions and SDGs and a business case can be enhanced through the following; an enabling policy environment with targeted policy incentives, improved ease of doing business to accelerate investment decisons of the private sector, targeted capacity builing and lastly access to climate finance. 

For more information;

  pdf Download Background Report here >> (461 KB)

  pdf Download Workshop Report here >> (8.01 MB)

  pdf Download Private Sector Survey here >> (1.38 MB)