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K+S KALI GmbH
Kali + Salz GmbH Group of companies with its headquarter in Kassel, Germany, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fertilizers. Under this group, K+S KALI GmbH extracts crude salts containing potassium, magnesium and sulphur which are used to produce a wide range of fertilizers and products for agricultural, industrial, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and food sectors. The company has provided fertilizers made out of potassium and magnesium for more than 150 years.
In March 2013, a cooperation agreement was signed between Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and K+S GmbH, Germany launching a joint “Growth for Uganda” African project in Apac and Dokolo Districts of Uganda. The project is being implemented by Sasakawa Africa Association / Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG2000) Uganda. The partnership supports agriculture at various levels of the value chain and enhances smallholder farmers’ access to agro-inputs, improve productivity through popularizing the use of fertilizers, improved technologies and good agronomic practices by farmers, postharvest handling and access to markets.
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND VALUE-CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN NORTHERN UGANDA
The project outline
Project period: March 2013 – February 2016 (3 years)
Target Area: Dokolo District and Apac District in Northern Uganda
Fund Amount: EUR 933,700
Goal: Improving livelihoods of small scale farmers in selected districts in Northern Uganda;
Background, Purpose of the Project and Role of SAA:
The project was specifically located in Apac and Dokolo Districts in Northern Uganda, an area that was devastated by the long lasting civil war between Ugandan Government and Lord’s Resistance Army till 2006. Thus, it is still one of the poorest regions in Uganda although peace has returned for more than 8 years. Most of the households depend on subsistence agriculture, but due to low productivity food security is not achieved and the rate of child stunting is high. Government services, such as agricultural extension, are still inadequate, underequipped and only functional on a limited level. Most do not have access to extension services, have no or very limited access to agro-inputs. They are left ‘alone’ to deal with traders who buy their crop at harvest at low prices, because farmers are often forced to sell their yield to settle debts (with the traders), school fees or other obligations. They also do not have information on proper post harvest handling technologies and practices nor proper stores. SAA therefore partnered with K+S to help the communities of Apac and Dokolo improve their food security, income and livelihoods through increasing agricultural productivity using improved crop technologies and practices, reducing post-harvest losses, and identifying market opportunities for the farmers products. More specifically the project aims at:
- Improving agricultural productivity and increase food security of up to 50,000 farming households within 3 years: and
- Improving income-generating activities of up to 15,000 farming households. Special emphasis is to be given to women farmers and other under-served groups.
SAA with the National Agricultural Extension Services of Uganda is jointly implementing the project through a holistic approach focusing on developing agricultural value-chain in the two districts. Smallholder farmers are learning using improved technologies on crop production, post-harvest handling, agro-processing, and marketing and get access to improved inputs.
The project also has a Mobile Farmers Training Center (MFTC) provided by K+S Kali, which includes a small soil analysis laboratory to carry out soil testing on farmers’ fields and identify nutrient deficiencies. The SG2000 staff together with selected Extension Agents, Community Based Facilitators (CBFs), input stockists and Commodity Association Trainers (CATs)/trader move with the MFTC from parish to parish to train farmers on agronomy, use of improved seed, fertilizers, post harvest handling, storage and agro-processing, and marketing of their produce.
The established SAA partnership with K+S KALI GmbH, will improve self-sufficiency and incomes of smallholder farmers in the project area.
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