|MARKET BASED APPROACH|
GOAL Uganda's market-based approach to livelihoods development identifies the opportunities and constraints within existing markets, allowing us to invest strategically to stimulate the market and increase agricultural incomes in remote and vulnerable areas.
The strategy provides a model for integrating multiple interventions which support skills development, essential inputs, income diversification and links to the market and finanial services.
BUILDING AGRICULTURAL CAPACITY:
Over the past four years GOAL has focused on building agricultural skills with over four thousand 4,000 farmers (reaching over 30,000 people) in the Agago and Abim Districts of Northern Uganda. In 2014, 38 key agricultural trainings were conducted for 3,945 farmers on topics such as soil and water conservation, farming as a business and post-harvest handling and storage.
IMPROVING YIELDS AND PRODUCTION:
Working with our private sector partner Agrinet and their network of commission based input/output agents. GOAL supported access to improved seed by buying down 50% of the cost of improved bean, sesame and sorghum seeds. Farmers purchased over 9,516 kilogrammes of improved seed as well as ox ploughs. This contributed to a threefold increase in crops harvested, 182% more crops were sold, by weight, compared to 2013.
A value chain assesment conducted by SNV identified four key value chains. Beans, sesame, sorghum and cassava. In 2014 our famers harvested over one million kilogrammes of crops from over 10,000 acres of land. 67% of targeted farmers reported an increase in income which allowed many to send their kids to school.
In 2014 GOAL's livelihoods work transitioned to a market based approach, underpinned by a market analysis. This enabled us to identify opportunities and constraints within existing markets, allowing GOAL to invest strategically to stimulate the market and increase agricultural incomes in remote and vulnerable areas.
In 2014, 75% of project participants accessed an informal loan to invest in their families and microbusinesses, Over the year 1,623 Voluntary Savings and Loan (VSLA) group members were trained on the selection, planning and management of income generating activities. Access to formal financial services is required for more significant investment in agricultural businesses. In 2014 60 target farming businesses were successful in securing an argicultural production loan.
|MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR THE POOR:|
M4P (Making Markets Work for The Poor) is a practical approach used by GOAL to develop market systems so that they function more effectively, sustainably and benefit the poor.
Identifying opportunities and constraints to support investment decisions.
ACCESS TO MARKET INFORMATION:
Bringing information on markets, prices, weather, buyers, input dealers and financial services to farm businesses.
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Promoting investment in agricultural businesses through links to formal financial services.
Increasing the production of commodities as demanded by the market. Developing access to agricultural services to support increased production.
GOAL is working to build the resilience of communities and households so that they are able to anticipate, cope, and adapt to shocks so that such circumstances do not compromise their long term development.