Amolatar District, Uganda

Strengthening Smallholder Engagement


Hope Development Initiative (HDI) is a women farmers’ co-operative based in the Lango sub-region of northern Uganda focussing on production, agro-processing, value addition and trade in rice, oilseeds and cassava. Peter was employed to strengthen the smallholder engagement model used by the 15,000-member strong initiative. One of the primary constraints to improving on-farm crop productivity is lack of access to high quality seeds with proven adaptation to the local environment, a theme that is common for smallholder farmers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Working alongside the HDI Founder and social entrepreneur Dr Agnes ‘Mama Rice’ Apea, the blue-print was formulated for development of the mechanised central nucleus farm for production-at-scale of assured high-quality seed for distribution in a hub-and-spoke model to HDI out-growers. Input was also provided to strategise roll-out of branding plans for ‘Mama Rice’ into the local and regional markets.

Challenges Resolved

Engagement Statistics


Dates: July 2016 – Mar 2017

Location: Uganda, Amolatar District

Land Area: 15,000-plus small-scale out-grower farmers

Köppen Climate: Aw (tropical savannah)

Client Type: social enterprise impact investor

Service: business strategy development; farm feasibility study

Production: rainfed rice, maize, green-manure cover-crops, rice-milling

Crop Water Source: rainfed (925 mm p.a.) & limited irrigation

Useful Information: Hope Development Initiative facebook page

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