Expanding Rice Markets in the EAC
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda (GOU)are supporting the Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) in Uganda. The DIMAT project aims to address most of the challenges cited in Uganda’s agriculture Development Strategy Investment Plan (DSIP), through contributing to its Programme 2 “Market Access and Value Addition”. By building on inclusive business approaches, the implementation strategy involves adoption of a business linkage approach.
To the period ending June 2014, DIMAT delivered outputs within the following result areas;i) Establishment and operationalization of sustainable business linkages; ii) Development and operationalization of innovative pro-poor business concepts under the larger BCtA principle; and iii) Enhanced access to assets for productive use to increase productivity and profitability, click here to download the DIMAT Results Fact Sheet.
The ambition is to achieve a trade-based food security system in which all consumers including those who are in farming obtain most of the food they consume by purchasing food that is increasingly processed, stored and distributed to meet different needs and preferences.
Why is this important? Because, the very low levels of specialisation in the production of food commodities by smallholders within EAC, dominated by subsistence farming, encourage the production of food commodities in unsuitable agro-ecological zones, leading to perpetuation of hunger and poverty.