QUALITY SEED CHALLENGE; UGANDA
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
High-quality maize and soybean seeds.
Learn more about the Quality Seed Challenge and why an evidence-based model that distributes high-quality seeds could reliably boost the standard of living for smallholder farmers.
DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
On average, 31.1% of farmers in Uganda use improved seeds. Inadequate access due to poor distribution networks in rural farming communities, high prices, and inadequate production knowledge are some key reasons limiting adoption and use of improved seed varieties. Local seed dealers are found in town centers and do not provide training on agronomic practices thus, farmers usually do not achieve maximum output. Maximum yields can only be achieved with better agronomic practices including timely planting, correct spacing, maximum plant population, timely weeding, and timely and correct application of fertilizer.
The Dwokcan Ikweri Agro Processing Limited model will improve distribution of improved maize and soybean seed varieties in suitable packages with high quality seeds at affordable prices for smallholder farmers in northern Uganda. Links will be established with national and international seed producers to enable seed acquisition and distribution to farmers. Two distribution sites will be established in the chosen sub counties to ensure ease of access by smallholder farmers in these regions. Trainings will be conducted for the producing farmers to build on their knowledge and skills in maximizing production and productivity. Along with trainings and a radio program to raise awareness, 18 demonstration centers will be established in order to show better farming practices and conduct various trainings, focusing on the use of fertilizer in conjunction with improved seeds.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
- Distribute improved seeds to 40 farmers by the end of year 1.
- Distribute 2,400 Kg of seeds to 240 farmers by the end of year 2.
- Distribute maize and soybean seeds to 3,780 households in one district of Uganda within 5 years
- Distribute maize and soybean seeds to 10% (13,951) of the households in three districts within 10 years
Bua Samuel - Agronomy Manager
Amolo Herbert - Business Manager