The current locust invasion in East Africa has caused significant damage in pastoral regions, where the pests have devoured pasture and tree leaves. They are now reaching some of the major maize growing areas where they are likely to cause a lot of damage to the crops
Annual rains have hit Kenya especially hard this year, causing havoc in the capital. But there is a silver lining amid the gloom: weather-related infrastructure challenges have pushed bureaucrats to tackle old issues like corruption and mismanagement with a renewed sense of urgency
To remain profitable, younger growers must produce larger crops from smaller spaces, which requires innovation. Our study found that in many cases, the best solutions for young farmers are already being designed by young people
While it’s true that most commercial banks in Uganda are not ideally structured to finance individual small-holder farmers directly, the reality is that they still play critical roles within the sector, making them an indispensable part of the overall ecosystem
Speaking at the launch, the country manager for the World Bank Group in Uganda, Christina Malmberg Calvo said that the government needs to consider the suggested reforms and fix agriculture “before the black gold gets out of the ground.”
Agriculture is Uganda’s ‘green gold’ that can transform the economy and the lives of farmers. What specific public-sector policies and actions are required to unleash the entrepreneurial energy of Uganda’s largest private sector actors—its farmers?