The 19th Annual Agricultural Trade Show held in Jinja, Uganda, organized by the Uganda National Farmers’ Federation, was an opportunity to show the latest innovations and technologies in the agricultural sector to establish business linkages. The focus of the Event was the promotion of Agricultural Commercialization to access the East African Common Markets and the modernization of agriculture, with a special emphasis on value addition, marketing and inter-regional trade opportunities within the framework of the NEPAD process.
The GTFS/RAF/391/ITA - Improvement of food security in cross-border districts of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in support of the modernization of agriculture under NEPAD framework - is ongoing in the African Great Lakes region since 2006, with the objective to increase incomes and living standards of the small rural householders in the cross-border districts of Burundi (Ngozi and Kayanza), Rwanda (Humure, Nyagatare and Butare), Uganda (Kabale and Kisoro) and recently also of Democratic Republic of Congo, through more profitable crop system and increased market access.
The project funded through the Italian Contribution to FAO Trust Fund for Food Security and Safety also addresses constraints specifically related to the post harvest segment of the value-chain.
Government officers including also the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, visited the Agricultural Fair. The President of the Republic of Uganda was impressed with the value chain approach that FAO had taken to improve productivity and promote processing and marketing. People had the opportunity to discuss about new technologies and innovations in the agricultural production. Therefore the Trade show addressed the gaps that exist in agriculture in terms of production, market linkages, processing, packaging, cooping with weather challenges among other issues.