Improve access and dissemination of harmonized ISFM information by stakeholders in agriculture research and development.
The overall objective of the consortium is to compile, share and scale up Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies in Uganda in order to improve food security and income among small-scale and resource-poor farmers in agriculture research and development.
About 4 million households in Uganda survive on agriculture, farming the 28% of the country’s landmass which is arable. Land degradation is threatening the food security of the smallholder farmers, hence perpetuating a vicious cycle of poverty. Several technologies including Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) to improve soil fertility and agricultural production have been generated.
Unfortunately, most of these technologies have either remained on shelves at research stations or have not been taken up by farmers due to technological, institutional, policy and other socio-economic barriers. Addressing these challenges is essential for effective dissemination and uptake of ISFM.
The Uganda Soil Health Consortium (USHC) was established in 2013 through a grant from AGRA with the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) as the main grantee and the USHC as the subgrantee. USHC has brought together a team of stakeholders from both national, regional and International organizations that are working on agricultural value chain issues in Uganda with a aim of developing a platform for joint planning, sharing information, advocacy, and addressing gaps and challenges in developing, and dissemination of ISFM.
It is anticipated that the consortium will be a platform to enhance capacity development of various stakeholders involved in ISFM innovations. This will lead to harmonization of ISFM innovations and subsequently exacerbate technology dissemination and uptake thereby improving soil fertility status resulting in increased agriculture productivity for the smallholder farmers. The overall goal of the project is to improve food security and income of small-scale farmers through scaling up of ISFM technologies in Uganda and the expected outcomes are:
The country level soil health consortia project is an initiative of key agricultural actors to solve the problem of food insecurity and poverty through bringing together all the professionals, industrial actors and market players in the agricultural value chain to consolidate, synthesize and develop effective messages key in revolutionizing agricultural production in Africa.
The consortia were set up through funding from AGRA on the premise that a lot has been done in Africa, but the actual impact on household food security and incomes is not evident. The East and Southern Africa mandate consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique and Ethiopia is led by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). Read more
Mr. Kabuye is the Co-ordinator Uganda Soil Health Consortium. He is Executive Director of the Kingdom of Buganda Development Organization, BUCADEF. He is a certified trainer of trainers by Crown Agents, United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, He is a certified Senior Inspector with Uganda Organic Certification Company (UgoCert), trained by Sida/Grolink AB Organic Agriculture Development International Training Programme. He is an Environmental Scientist, A Secondary School Teacher and Regional Development Planner by training from Makerere University.