Agreement with K+S Group on a Partnership Project in the Northern Uganda
Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and the German K+S Group, one of the world biggest producer’s of potassium fertilizer, signed an agreement on a partnership project in Kassel, Germany, on April 26, 2013.
The project will develop agricultural advisory services in Apac and Dokolo districts in Northern Uganda with the goal to improve food security and agricultural production for up to 50,000 farming households. Both districts have been affected by the long lasting conflict between the Ugandan Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and the districts are in dire need of development.
SAA jointly with the National Agricultural Extension Service of Uganda will implement Farmer Learning Platforms, where farmers will learn new agricultural production technologies. Farmers will also be taught new methods of processing and storing their products as well as marketing them to traders or nearby markets. This ‘value chain’ approach aims at educating farmers and their families to sustainably increase farm productivity and improve their income by better understanding marketing processes.
In an initial phase, project activities will be carried out for three years (2013-2015). This project is so far the most notable collaboration between SAA and a big private company and may serve as a model for future partnerships.