Sie sind auf Seite 1von 19

PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT

ON
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH
IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET
ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT

IMPLEMENTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND AGRICULTURAL


ENHANCEMENT UGANDA
(Eco-Agric Uganda)
FUNDEB BY aBi TRUST
JANUARY 2012-DECEMBER 2013

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 1

COMPLETION REPORT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND AGRICULTURAL ENHANCEMENT UGANDA.


Project Title:
Component :
Completion
Economic empowerment of bean farmers through improved productivity, quality
Report
produce and market access in Hoima District
Project Acronym
N/A
Grant Number
Date of Approval
Start date of project
Ending date
Reporting Date
aBi/VCD/47/12
February 2012
January 2012
January 2014
January 2014
Grant Amount
Disbursement in total
Ug. Shs: 244,244,000.
Ug. Shs: 244,244,000 (from January 2012 December 2013)
Project Coordinator:
Phone:
+256 (0) 772 586 495
Email:
ecoagricuganda@gmail.com
ecoagricuganda2@gmail.com
josephinenakakande@gmail.com
Fax:
Nil
Nakakande Josephine (Ms)

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY,
QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda) Page 2

1Introduction
Environmental Conservation & Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) is a
no profit making organisation with a sole aim of promoting environmental conservation and
agricultural production for livelihoods support in the communities. Its main focus is to
promote environmental conservation while improving agricultural production for better
livelihoods. Its objectives are geared towards addressing environmental and natural resources
degradation, climatic change, low levels of agricultural productivity, high levels of food
insecurity and low incomes in both poor rural and urban communities through establishment
of demonstration sites, tree nurseries and woodlots establishment; sensitization and
awareness through radio programs, capacity building and effective natural resources
management. Eco-Agric Uganda has a commitment to gender mainstreaming and engaging
vulnerable groups, particularly the girls in rural areas.
For two years, 2012/2013, Eco-Agric Uganda has been implementing a project aimed at
increasing productivity of beans and peoples income. The productivity levels were as low as
400kg/acre as per the baseline data available at the district and during project
implementation, the productivity levels of the crop rose up to 700 kg per acre. This was
attributed to the projects interventions where farmers adopted recommended practices using
improved beans seed resulting in an increase in the productivity levels and output.
2Back ground
Eco-Agric Uganda partnered with Agribusiness Initiative (aBi) Trust to improve the
productivity of beans in Hoima district which was as low as 350 kg/acre (with an average of
450 kg/acre), far below the recommended production level of about 900 kg/acre. The
production unit for the crop (beans) has been very low, with majority of the households
producing less than an acre. Eco-Agric Uganda is promoting initiatives to increase
productivity, the production units in the district through; improving farmers skills (capacity
building) and use of improved seed, improving the marketing of beans through; improving on
post harvest handling, bulking, collective marketing and linking the farmers to markets for
beans within and outside (Hoima). Following Eco- Agric Ugandas past experience in bean
production and marketing with smallholder farmers in the district, farmers are benefiting
from the intervention of addressing the constraints of low production and productivity due to
lack of good planting seeds, PHH losses, poorly organized agricultural marketing system,
lack of market information plus exploitation by middlemen. Farmers in the district were
experiencing green forward marketing of beans leading to even greater losses since they were
being paid less at bumper harvest thus highly reduced incomes.
All these factors were contributing to immense losses from the beans enterprise making the
enterprise less profitable. In an effort to make a contribution to the local economic
development of the area, Eco Agric Uganda sought financial assistance from aBi Trust and to
promote bean production in the District. The support given has supported Economic
empowerment of bean farmers through improved production, quality produce and market
access in Hoima District
3Project Goal.
The overall goal of the project was to increase productivity and profitability of beans among
4000 small holder farmers by December 2013.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 3

The overall goal/aim of the project was to enhance economic empowerment of bean
producing farmers in Hoima district through increased sustainable production, reduced
postharvest losses, agro-processing, value addition and market oriented farming
4The project had the following specific objectives:i.
Strengthening production capacity of 200 farmer groups (4000 farmers) to increase
production by Dec 2013.
ii.
Improving the quality of produce through PHH trainings and farming as a business.
iii.
Strengthening market linkages with established buyers, input stockiests for beans
produce.
iv. Promoting collective production, bulking and collective marketing of beans.
v. Promoting networking and farmer linkage to market information service providers
5The project outputs and outcomes
Activities
Expected Outputs
Mobilization
and 200 Farmer
groups
sensitization
of
formed and supported in
beneficiaries
and
beans production and
stakeholders.
marketing skills
Creation of awareness on 4,000 farmers trained on
use of improved bean
beans
agronomy,
varieties among farmers.
postharvest handling and
marketing.
Conduct trainings on;
beans
agronomic 4000 acres of beans
practices, post harvest
planted by the end of
handling and marketing.
two years
Establish demonstration 200 demonstration site
sites for beans production
setup for technology
and postharvest handling.
transfer by December
2013
Promotion of bulking for
joint
or
co-operative
marketing of beans
Carry monitoring and
evaluation

Expected Outcomes
Increase in the gross
margins and benefits
from beans by the
beneficiary farmers.
Improved standards of
living of the beneficiary
farmers.
Increased production and
productivity of beans.
Improved
postharvest
handling
and
value
addition in beans.
Improved
market
information
dissemination and access
to better markets for
beans.
Bulking for joint or cooperative marketing of
beans promoted

6- Realised outputs/outcomes (ACHIEVEMENTS)


Market linkage: - Eco-Agric Uganda established and strengthened a market link for beans,
Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes and vegetables between the farmers and Tullow Oil through
Traid Links. Farmers are bulking these products at collecting centres and selling them to
Tullow Oil. A total of 12 tonnes of beans from 150 farmers groups have been sold to Tullow
Oil through Traid Links from the project area for the last two years.
Other markets: - There are other markets that have been established with schools, individual
people and institution. Farmers took part in bidding for Makerere competent secondary
school and St. Andrea Kaahwas College and got contracts to supply beans for 6 months.
PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS
THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 4

Increased beans acreage: - Initially, at least each farmer was cultivating half an acre of
beans. Currently average acreage is at 2 acres which has also increased beans output.
Increased beans production. Before the project, beans production per acre was 400-500 kgs.
After trainings in improved agronomic practices, beans production per acre increased to 700
kgs.
Postharvest handling equipments: 200 tarpaulins were procured and distributed to 200
farmers. At least (2400) i.e 60% of the target population have adopted use of tarpaulins
during postharvest handling which has improved the quality of beans to suit the Tullow Oil
market and other markets in Hoima town.
Improved agronomic practices. Different improved agronomic practices have improved the
quality of beans. At least 70% of the target population are growing the same beans variety,
are properly spacing the beans in the field and are using integrated pest management. This
has greatly increased beans production from 400 kgs an acre to 700 kgs an acre. It is also an
important contributing factor to the established market.
Timely planting. Farmers also realised that its important to plant timely so as to exploit the
available market during a period of scarcity. At least 70% farmers are planting early and
selling beans fresh. Farmers who are selling fresh beans have been able to establish a constant
market and earn above 2 million shillings from an acre of beans.
Post harvest handling and value addition. At least 60% of the farmers have adopted post
harvest handling and value addition. Farmers have learnt different traditional and improved
ways of treating beans to increase shelf life. This has enabled them to start bulking the beans
as they wait for prices to increase. Farmers are sorting and grading beans for better markets
and prices.
Entrepreneurship training:- these trainings resulted into the formation of 4 VSLAs that are
operational. They are well established and registered though with inadequate portfolio that
they are struggling to increase. These VSLAOs have been instrumental in enhancing bulking.
Bulking centres. As the project came to an end, farmers couldnt afford rent for some
bulking centres; they have therefore relocated some centres to cheaper houses that meet the
standards but the rent is affordable to them. In Butema and Kisiiha, they were relocated and
now farmers are paying for the stores. Farmers have also devised means of paying for the
stores by contributing some money towards the stores.
Food security and nutrition improvement:- In the target population, there was improved
food security and nutrition. While promoting beans, there was promotion of cassava
production. This has boosted food security and improved peoples livelihoods.
Farmers income increased increasing the assets base, providing employment while other
farmers opened up other businesses from money got out of selling beans.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 5

Activities progress
District, sub-county and farmer leaders
were mobilised and sensitised about the
project and helped in mobilising farmers
4220 farmers mobilised and sensitised with
others coming from other none target sub
counties like Kyabigambire
4220 farmers some from none target sub
counties (Kyabigambire) were sensitised on
the use of improved bean varieties to
improve beans productivity

Realised Outputs
From 4220 farmers mobilised and
sensitised, 200 farmer groups were formed
and supported in beans production and
marketing skills

Realised Outcomes/Results
Increased production of beans was achieved
as many farmers (4220 farmers) took on
beans enterprise and adopted the
agribusiness approach using improved seed
and better agronomic practices

4220 farmers under 200 farmer groups Over 4220 farmers adopted planting
formed all supported with improved bean improved bean seed from well trusted agroseed for planting
input dealers. Farmers are mainly planting
NABE 4 and its yielding better than other
16 radio talk shows & 3180 spot messages
varieties like K132 they use to plant. 800kg
Conducted radio talk shows & run spot
of beans per acre were realised by 75% of
messages on improved beans production
the farmers.
and marketing.
Sensitisation, awareness and capacity
building on beans production using
improved beans varieties was made to a big
population of farmers even to the non
beneficiaries.
552 trainings were conducted on; beans On average 3550 farmers (84%) were Farmers knowledge and skills on beans
agronomic practices, post harvest handling trained and their capacity enhanced on; production using; improved bean varieties,
and marketing to build capacity of the beans agronomy, postharvest handling, fertiliser application and pesticide enhanced
farmers. 384 demonstrations on; use of marketing, use of improved seed, pesticide, through the trainings and demonstrations
improved seed, fertiliser application and fertiliser
application,
environmental conducted.
pesticide use were also conducted.
conservation, tree planting and gender.
Farmers were also trained on environmental
Over 70% of the target population adopted
conservation, tree planting and gender
the trained on method of beans production
using improved beans varieties and
postharvest handling drying on tarpaulins.
Even those outside the project area as a
PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY,
QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda) Page 6

result of the radio programmes and spot


messages adopted the method and are
practicing with good harvests reported.
Increase in production and productivity of
beans experienced; 700kg/per harvested
now compared to 400kg/acre harvested
before.

200 demonstration sites for beans


production one acre in size were established
and used for learning and 6 stores/bulking
centres were also established to improve on
postharvest handling

200 demonstration site setup for technology


transfer and 3850 acres of beans planted by
the trained farmers (some farmers have
small pieces of land).
6 stores/bulking centres each having a
marketing committee were established to
improve on postharvest handling and
marketing of beans

270 fruit trees, 532 boundary trees and 1200


coffee trees planted
Farmers knowledge and skills on bean
production was enhanced through seeing
and hands on at the demonstration sites
established. Good practices were learnt and
productivity of beans has improved from
400 Kgs per acre to averagely 700kg per
acre.
Postharvest handling and value addition in
beans improved; single colour, clean, pest
free beans well packed in sacks of 100kgs
were bulked at the 6 centres. Farmers were
able to sell readily to Tallow oil company
and other traders at a good price of sh
1800/kg as compared to sh 1400-1600/kg.
Increase in the gross margins and benefits
from beans are being experienced by the
beneficiary
farmers
after
all
the
interventions.
Using the market information boards at the

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY,
QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda) Page 7

Farmers were trained on bulking,


cooperative marketing, store management
and market linkages. Marketing committees
were later established to manage the stores,
carry out market survey and marketing of
beans.

Monitoring and evaluation for the project


activities was carried out continuously by
the project coordinator, executive director
and board members.

bulking centres, farmers are easily getting


market information for not only beans
produce but even other crops like maize,
rice.
274 trainings conducted on store Bulking for joint or co-operative marketing
management and marketing
of beans promoted. Farmers learnt the
6 marketing committees established one per advantages of bulking and cooperative
the bulking centre.
marketing.
Sourcing market information and marketing
of farmers produce has been simplified by
the established marketing committees.
Currently there is reduced exploitation of
farmers by middle men as farmers market
together and the marketing committee
negotiate for better prices.

One midterm project review and 16


monitoring visits by board members and
120 farm visits by project coordinator and
staff were done to oversee project
performance and advice were required.

At least over 48 markets out lets that


include 40 schools, Tullow Oil plus traders
in Arua and Hoima have been established.
An MOU has been made by farmers with
Tullow Oil company through Traid links for
the supply of good quality beans.
Gaps that existed in the beans production
process were filled through on farm
interface with Eco-Agric Uganda technical
staff.
Farmers were able to have well managed
beans gardens planted with an improved
beans variety (NABE 4) and productivity
per acre increased.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY,
QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda) Page 8

With better beans postharvest handling and


marketing together, farmers realized better
revenue from their produce which
correspondingly improved their standards of
living as they had boosted income.
Marketing and market information has been
simplified by the bulking centers, marketing
committees and marketing boards.
Farmers knowledge and skills on beans
production using improved varieties is
enhanced, bulking and co-operative
marketing promoted and market linkages
created.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY,
QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda) Page 9

7-

Deviations in outcome
No deviation in the outcome were registered

8-

Impact created by the project

Farmers knowledge and skills on beans production has been enhanced. Before the project,
farmers had little meaning from a number of agronomic practices, like; planting in lines,
ensuring that weeds should thoroughly be kept out of the garden. As we speak now, farmers
in the project area even the non beneficiaries, plant their beans in line, weed twice as early as
when the weeds have just appeared to ensure that weeds are completely avoided in the
garden. This has greatly improved beans production & productivity.
Over 70% of the target population adopted growing NABE 4 because of its high yield
potential and high market demand. Farmers were aware about the high yield potential of
NABE 4 but seed was a problem. So, with the implementation of the project using the
revolving scheme, availability and access to NABE 4 seed is no-longer a problem and
farmers are happy about the project.
Due to marketing centers and marketing committees established, farmers income has been
boosted up as farmers are able to bulk now and sale as a group. Because of this, they have
signed a contract with Tullow Oil Company to supply beans.
Post harvest losses were identified as one of the many factors greatly reducing farmers
income from beans production. Farmers now harvest beans as soon as the start drying, dry
beans on turplins and sort them before taking them to the bulking centers. This has boosted
the quality of beans and buyers are struggling for such good quality beans leading to market
being easily available and bean going out at a good price.
Eco-Agric Uganda put up marketing boards per marketing centre established. Information on
marketing boards was given by the marketing committee members after their market
research, which enabled farmers choose appropriate markets for their produce.
Food security has been enhanced. Farmers are now able to store on average at least 3tins of
beans in their houses to feed on as compared to before when a farmer could not sale and
remain with beans to eat, a decision had to be made either to sell or be food insecure, or to
keep whatever you have grown for feeding and remain poor.
The trees that were planted contributed to water shade conservation.
There was increased income by Eco- Agric Uganda organization staff as the project created
employment to 5 more staff. These were the ACDO, accountant, one extension staff, one
environmental officer and the project coordinator.
Formal and informal employment was created; one staff was employed by the Eco- Agric
Uganda to coordinate the project, 6 store managers were employed, different jobs in
postharvest handling and transportation were also created. The project also supported other
jobs that were in existence like radio stations, secretarial bureaus and businesses dealing in
buying and selling beans.
PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS
THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 10

Increased beans production had negative impacts to;


It increased the amount of work done by women who are more involved in the enterprise
yet they still had their domestic work to accomplish.
It increased demand for firewood as beans require relatively more beans to cook well.
It reduced the beans price from sh 1800 to sh 1400 - 1600 per kilogram.
9.
Key lessons learned
The following lessons have been learnt during project implementation:
Success of a project and taking up or embracing an innovation, depends greatly on farmers
confidence and ownership of the project. Since farmers manage the marketing of their
produce, other community members have been encouraged to participate in beans production
and are willing to bulk and sell collectively.
Value addition, good quality produce and reliable supply, attract buyers with good price.
Tullow Oil Company for all the time it has been around, it has been buying beans from
Kampala dealers. But after Hoima farmers improving on the quality of beans produced and
assuring the company of reliable supply, they were able to sign a contract.
Market assurance is a key factor in creating sustainable agricultural production and delivery
system. After realizing successes in our beneficiary communities, more and more farmer
groups and individual farmers wanted to come on board but we were unable to accommodate
more due to logistical limitations and scope of our activities.
Assured market availability at a good price is a serious trigger to increased production of
beans. Farmers are now looking at contract farming to maximize income from the beans
enterprise.
Farmers groups of about 10- 15 members are easier to work with; people concentrate, listen
and easily reach an agreement.
Projects need to link youth into a network because a project is more effective where there is a
good social organization, normally in the form of preexisting natural groups.
Involvement of local administration (sub county chief, parish chief, and LCs) in project
intervention has a potential towards sustainability. Sub county and village leaders played a
big role in making the communities own the project to the point of continuing to produce
even after the end of project.
Use of demonstration method is one of the best methods of training adults to acquire a skill.
Farmers had hands on participation and understood better as they were seeing whatever was
being talked about. Few mistakes on topics demonstrated on were experienced in their
gardens.
10. Strategy for sustainability
Interventions sustainability strategies were though about from the beginning of the project as
below;
PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS
THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 11

Availability and accessibility of good improved bean seed was a big challenge. A revolving
scheme that is on-going among farmers is a solution for this. Farmers are revolving the same
amount of improved NABE 4 seed received to other farmers (10 kgs of seed deposited to the
group store and this seed is given out to more farmers the following season) acting as a seed
bank, making the seed easy to access and obtain. The scheme is entirely managed by farmers
making it more sustainable.
Capacity building given to the farmers made them experts in their communities and the skills
are being used after the project has closed. This is still helping farmers improve their farm
productivity even after closure of the project.
Contract farming is a way of ensuring availability of market at a specific agreed on price.
This is what farmers are doing now and this is encouraging more farmers to increase acreages
and continue with production.
Farmers were encouraged to save beans in form of seed in their groups at their respective
bulking centres. This is simplifying the issue of failure to save and store seed in their homes.
They were also encouraged to seek for seed loans from their established SACCOs.
Eco-Agric Uganda trained a Community Based Trainers (CBTs) per sub-county operated in.
These stay in the communities and on a continuous basis help to bridge any existing gaps and
giving solutions to farmers issues. Eco-Agric Uganda maintains its connection with the CBTs
supporting them where required.
Farmers have been encouraged to save in their groups. Four (4) VSLAs were formed to
support farmers easily access finances in form of soft loan as obtaining loans from SACCOs
was a problem to some.
Marketing of farmers produce will remain a cardinal function of the organization because
this is a domain where a lot of losses are experienced by farmers. Eco-Agric Uganda will
continue to strengthen the links established by farmers with the buyers from Arua, Tullow Oil
through Traindlinks and local schools who need a lot of beans and Maize and we hope to get
bigger market for beans if its quality and quantity improved. There was linkage of farmers to
lucrative markets in Tullow Oil Camps on Lake Albert shores where by an MoU was signed
through Traid links to supply beans to Tullow Oil as seen in the letter here with annexed.
11.

Challenges

Adoption for the variety NABE 4 was high because of high yield potential and high
market demand. However its production was affected by its susceptibility to bean root
rot. However benefits to the women are limited by access to complementary resources
such as land.

Bulking was not maximised just because of inadequate initial capital to give farmers
to bulk since the organisation could not pay all farmers that had immediate needs.

Some fertilisers like DAP are expensive, farmers cant sustainably afford them. This
force them to use relatively cheap fertilizers with little impact failing them to realise
the potential of the beans

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 12

12.
Recommendations
In 2012, aBi Trust together with Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement
Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) signed an agreement to undertake a project on Economic
empowerment of bean farmers through improved production, quality produce and market
access in Hoima District. Eco-Agric Uganda had to implement project activities aimed at
increasing productivity and profitability of beans among 4000 small scale farmers.
There has been commendable progress in attaining the set targets of the project, particularly
as regards to increasing beans production & productivity, farmers income, woodlot
establishment and water shade conservation during the project life.
Over 4200 smallholder beans farmer households have been trained in various aspects of;
improved beans production & productivity savings and credit plus tree planting, growing and
protection. District level stakeholders, particularly members of the Local Environment
Committees were also sensitised about environmental conservation, tree planting and climate
change.
The project has worked closely with the production department and institutions such as the
District Agriculture office, District environment office and the National Forestry Authority to
strengthen natural resource management in the four sub counties of Hoima district.
Consequently best practices in resource management and livelihoods enterprises have been
promoted. Communities have benefited and will continue benefiting.
With the project coming to an end, there is need to consolidate the project outputs and impact
based on the lessons learnt during implementation. This will be achieved through adopting
an integrated approach to natural resource management focusing on conservation agriculture
with demonstrated social and economic impacts. Improved energy conservation technologies
like fuel saving stoves should also be adopted to reduce impacts on environment and forest
degradation.
Farmers failing to support their daily needs is one factor that hinder them from bulking and
collectively marketing their produce. Supporting the formation of VSLA per group is one of
the discovered approach of enabling farmers obtain soft loans that can support them settle
such requirements.
On our part (Eco-Agric Uganda), our interventions under this project have greatly contributed
towards improved livelihoods of farmers. However, the proportion of direct beneficiary
farmers of 4,000 is too small out of a total population of over 573,000 people in Hoima
district yet the projected population is 630,000 people. Therefore, transforming smallholder
agriculture into a highly productive, efficient, sustainable and competitive system, we need to
scale out beans production to other areas of the district.
13.0 Gaps in implemented project
Whereas implementation of the project has been a tremendous success, some gaps were
identified.
The approach has been mainly based on improving beans production & productivity plus
woodlot establishment and water shade conservation without integrating social and economic
impacts to address immediate community livelihood needs.
PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS
THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 13

During project implementation, it was realised that environment and natural resource
planning and programming in the project area was not well coordinated. It desires a platform
to churn ideas and step-up advocacy for natural resources planning, implementation and
utilisation at district local government level. This is well in line with the up-coming Joint
Water & Environment Support Programme by Ministry of Water and Environment as well as
the new Climate Change Policy and Implementation Strategy, all of which advocate for
greater integration of environment and climate change considerations at the local government
level.
Within the project area, agriculture has caused major deforestation/degradation and yet
farmers have not been exposed to green and conservation agricultural practices that aim at
protecting the soil, improving yield and income streams at household level.
There has been a realisation of the need to deliver a fully package of livelihoods
opportunities to beneficiaries including; food security, environment conservation, energy
conservation and soil and water conservation as opposed to a single intervention of beans
production alongside tree planting.
Conclusion
The achievements gained in increasing beans production, bulking and ensuring sustainability
of the practices by farmers are expected to give a multiplier effect if farmers are further
mentored and supported. When completely abandoned, the farmers may easily slide back to
their primitive practices and abandon whatever was learnt from the project. Therefore, it is
important to note that there is need for sustained support to farmers in order to start a
transformation process that is routed through own thinking, abilities and practices.
The Oil/Gas developments and the future infrastructural development (improved
infrastructure especially roads) are also showing a trend of increased demand for beans in the
Albertine region especially due to population growth (immigrants).
The organization is very grateful for the consistent support received from aBi Trust since
January 2012 to implement the project. It is in the interest of the organization that the efforts
and achievements gained in the project register remarkable change in the lives of the
beneficiary communities in Hoima district.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 14

Annex 1: Any other Information and stories


Established village savings and loan association (VSLA)
The organization established Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) approach after a
monitoring visit by the team from aBi Trust in quarter three of the project. Four VSLAs were
established under four groups. Since the commencement of these VSLAs, the groups are
more active as members meet regularly. This is enhancing collective marketing as the group
members can easily obtain soft loan for their immediate needs.
Members have started thinking of group investment to widen the revenue base of their
VSLAs. These associations are becoming a serious source of capital to farmers and if
nurtured well, the VSLAs are expected to progress and form Savings and Credit Co-operative
Organizations (SACCOs).
Individual farmers success stories
From January 2012-December 2013, a number of farmers registered successes which
demonstrated the additional incomes of the farmers by over 30% which was the planned
target.
No. Name
of Location
beneficiary
1
Katusabe Anna, Rwobunyonyi village,
demo farmer
Wagesa
L
C
I,
Kitoonya
Parish,
Buhanika sub-county
2

Success

Planted 1 acre of beans, getting 500kg of


beans which she sold at 1,100,000/=. He
used the funds to buy a plot of land at
Wagesa, one of the rapidly growing
trading Centers in town. He is planning
to develop it into a commercial house
Sunday Sylver, Kitoonya
parish, Planted 1 acre of beans, getting 700kg of
demo farmer
Kidukuru village
beans. He sold the beans at 1,540,000/=.
He got excited for the achievement
which he had never got in his lifetime.
The previous performance of the crop
(before interventions by Eco-Agric
Uganda) was generally very low and it
emerged as a surprise to have such
performance.
Kaahwa
Musaija mukuru west
Planted one acre of beans and got 700
Aloysius
kgs. He paid for school fees and
expanded on his existing business
Bagonza shamila Musaija mukuru west
Paid school fees for her children
Sserwada
Musaija mukuru west
Paid fees
Emmanuel
Nyangoma
Musaija mukuru west
Paid
fees and expanded on other
Margret
enterprises to get more
Amara Robert
Musaija mukuru west
Expanded on the farmland
Kaahwa neema
Musaija mukuru west
Paid school fees
Sserwada
Musaija mukuru west
Paid fees
Emmanuel
Nyangoma
Musaija mukuru west
Paid fees and expanded on enterprises

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 15

Margret
Amara Robert
Barongo Julius
Businge George
Kahwa silver
Irumba john
Businge Edward
Wokulira poul
Mugisa milly
Kahwa poul
Omuherezakajura
Isingoma tom
Barongo moses
Asimwe resty
Naiga oliver
Barongo Julius
Businge George
Kahwa silver
Irumba john
Businge Edward
Wokulira poul
Mugisa milly
Kahwa poul
Omuhereza
kajura

Musaija mukuru west


Musaija mukuru west
Musaija mukuru west
Musaija mukuru west
Musaija mukuru west
Musaija mukuru west
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika
Buhanika

Expanded on the farmland


Added on his investments in business
Added on his investments in business
Engaged in other enterprises
Expanded farm land
Expanded farm land
With money sold from beans, started
other businesses
Expanded on business
Expanded on the other enterprises
Started other business
Started other business
Expanded on the other enterprises
Expanded on the other enterprises
Expanded on the other enterprises
Added on his investments in business
Added on his investments in business
Engaged in other enterprises
Expanded farm land
Expanded farm land
Started other businesses
Expanded on business
Expanded on the other enterprises
Started other business

Institutional level success


Eco-Agric Uganda is now known for the promotion of beans in the district. A recent study
done to establish the production levels of beans in the district over a period of 10 years noted
that in 2012 and 2013, there was apparent increase in beans production which was slightly
higher than in all other years. This was attributed to the project of Economic empowerment
of bean farmers through improved production, quality produce and market access in Hoima
District, that was implemented by Eco-Agric Uganda.

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 16

Annex 2: Photos

Farmers planting in the demonstration garden

Man and wife weeding their beans

farmers beans garden intercropped with maize


Community Based Facilitator monitoring a farmer

A farmer drying beans on a tarpaulin

Farmer learning how to sort and grade


beans

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 17

A
farmer
showing off his
harvest ready to
be taken for
bulking

Sacs of beans on wood pallets bulked


Marketing board at the bulking centre

Farmers measuring their produce before bulking it


PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS
THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 18

Farmers measuring their produce before bulking

PROJECT COMPELITION REPORT ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF BEAN FARMERS


THROUGH IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY PRODUCE AND MARKET ACCESS
IN HOIMA DISTRICT (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Page 19