SAA promotes the use of advanced technologies for smallholder farmers across the entire agricultural value chain. However, specifically on the post harvesting segment, it has been a challenge utilizing technologies for farmers across the country. So SAA has been building the capacity of local artisans and fabricators to develop and maintain these technologies so that they can sustainably be utilized by the farmers.
Dennis Okello makes motorized maize shellers and other types of machines to ease the life of farmers in Kole district, Uganda. He also services and repairs these machine, with a training he got from SAA's Post-Harvesting pillar.
Today, he makes a decent living from this trade and is now mentoring youth in his village to do the same. He also employs a couple of them most of whom are school drop outs just like him. He gets pride in seeing them enroll into school or start the same trade.
Conny Angwec; a Young Entrepreneur Establishing Piggery Business to Improve her Livelihood in Uganda
Youth Business Clinic, now rebranded as agro-preneurship training for the youth, is one of the interventions that SAA came up with in 2018 to support the youth with funding and training in starting agribusiness in the community.
Conny Angwec is a young lady from Kole district, Uganda who had the opportunity to participate in one of SAA's Youth Business Clinics and won one million Uganda Shillings ($283) in a pitch competition. With that money she ventured into piggery and salon work. Today, she is earning a decent living from piggery, which enables her to pay school fees for her relatives.
SAA focuses on opening up opportunities for job creation along the agriculture value chain. Unlike other youth that learnt the hard way, Hakim Mugisha emulated his father (a SAA beneficiary) to start farming instead of seeking a job in urban centers like Kampala. He lives in Nakaseke district his home town where trained by SAA he harvests all year round. He earns a decent living from agriculture using climate smart agricultural practices to grow a variety of crops and vegetables.
Uganda has been experiencing high rate of malnutrition as well as high birth rate. Children are given birth to when they are underweight or malnourished. That is why SAA has developed different interventions with a pillar of nutrition sensitive agriculture to try and mitigate the issues around malnutrition in both children and women of reproductive age.
Catherine Kalembe is from Kamuli district and is an SAA-trained agro processor, entrepreneur and trainer that is popular in her village for the nutrient-dense porridge that she makes out of amaranthus (whose seeds are edible as grain) that she grows in her backyard garden. She also makes tapioca, garri and biofortified flours that she sells to customers both at the village level and in Kampala. She now awaits the opportunity to get certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) so that she can sell her products in and outside the country.
Pallisa Agri-business Training Association(PATA) in Kibuku district of the Eastern Region of Uganda is one of many One Stop Center Associations(OSCA) constructed by Sasakawa Africa Association. PATA trains and promotes crop value chain activities among the groups.
Naome Mwidu is the center manager of PATA and a trainer. She is involved in the agro-processing of cassava and has over 28 products such as gari, bagia, and confectioneries. Some of her products are known for helping address the malnutrition and dietary needs of people.
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