The KRC agribusiness hub is a collective space of convergence for knowledge, information, skills and innovations for small holder farmer organizations, produce dealers, policy makers, implementers, and input suppliers, subsidiary service institutions and innovators. The hub is aimed at boosting creativity and collaboration for synergy building for sustainable performance of farmer organizations such as Producer groups, Marketing Cooperatives/Associations, Savings and Credit Cooperatives/Associations among others.
Objectives of the Hub:
- To improve performance of farmers’ organizations (Producer groups and Marketing cooperatives/Associations and Savings and credit cooperatives/associations) through information sharing, networking, capacity building, market and other linkages, monitoring and exchange learning.
- To strength stakeholder collaboration through networking, knowledge, ideas and information sharing.
- To strengthen lobbying and advocacy for small holder farmer centered policies and actions.
- To enforce compliance to standards for quality control, business growth and sustainability.
- To strengthen innovation through idea piloting, action research and documentation.
Report: Agrobusiness Hub
Since its establishment in 1996, Kabarole Research and Resource has been working with small holder farmers in a bid to achieve sustainable and equitable socio-economic development; through research, advocacy and innovation, information packaging and dissemination, priority setting, networking with strategic development partners, monitoring and facilitating spaces for interaction between grass root households, decision-makers and implementers for inclusion and socio-economic sustainability.
However, small holder farmers face a multitude of challenges ranging from;
- Quality control.
- Compliance to rules and regulations.
- Stiff competition from private sector players such as financial institutions and middle men.
- Limited entrepreneurship/business skills.
- Limited exposure.
- Non-consistent institutional development efforts.
- Lack of access to relevant financial packages that suit their needs and situation among others.
Through the Family Farming and Agribusiness Unit (FAGRIB), KRC has been striving to strengthen farmer organization/groups, cooperatives and marketing associations through capacity building, linkages to available financial institutions and input suppliers, value addition and innovation, farmer institutional development, compliance to rules and regulations, business planning and management, gender inclusion, policy advocacy and infrastructure development with an aim of improving joint commercialization of agricultural products of small holder farmers. However, limited funding coupled with farmer groups specific challenges has compromised performance. Therefore, the hub is expected provide space for different key stakeholders to collectively identify opportunities, challenges, strategies and innovations to maximise benefits from the various agricultural undertakings in an inclusive and sustainable manner.