This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R8274: Improvement of maize marketing
through adoption of improved post-harvest technologies and farmer group
storage: a case study of Kiboga and Apac districts and R8498: Analysis
of promotion and uptake pathways for CPH research.
Smallholders can find a way out of poverty by increasing the
competitiveness of their produce and strengthening public-private sector
partnerships. In Uganda, although liberalisation of grain marketing
systems empowered maize farmers to sell their produce at competitive
prices, they were not prepared to reap the benefits of this reform.
Their heavy reliance on traditional practices of handling and storage
meant that their produce was poor in quality and their output was low.
Today, farmers have improved market access by using appropriate
post-harvest technologies and they are producing large volumes and
sustainable supplies of high-quality produce. The public sector has
helped to catalyse linkages between the private sector, smallholders,
agricultural advisors and NGOs to create strategic coalition
partnerships. Furthermore, in the 63 pilot districts where the strategy
was tested with maize, farmers have been able to apply it to many other
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (7 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH10, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 88.