Activity Agricultural Sector Programme Support (ASPS)-2 Uganda
Country Uganda
Last update: 15/09/2006
Project period 01/07/2004 to 01/07/2009
Countries: Uganda 
Summary Programme Coordination Unit
Agribusiness House, Plot 58 Lumumba Avenue, P.O. Box 29581, Kampala, Uganda
tel.: +256-31-2351600, fax.: +256-31-2351620, email:

The ASPS Phase II will support five of the Government’s priority areas for action, as they are identified within the Plan for the Modernisation of Agriculture:

1. Agricultural Research where the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) is being reformed to be more competitive and to better respond to the needs of farmers. Support to livestock systems research will continue but will undergo a transition that more closely aligns it with the NARS.

2. Agricultural Advisory Services where the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) will be supported by the ASPS becoming a contributor to their basket-funding. The Household Agricultural Support Programme (HASP) initiative that developed and piloted community driven processes for rural development will undergo a transition in which support is increasingly given to the decentralisation of public funding for agricultural development through the PMA non-sectoral conditional grant mechanism. Under the Non Sectoral Conditional Grant (NSCG) mechanism, district administrations fund and provide management support to development plans that are generated by participating villages. Special attention will be given to improving the capacity of the local administrations to play their part in the decentralisation processes.

3. National Reform Processes where the Ministry Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) will be supported to guide and enable the PMA: (i) in the development of its capacity to deliver the seed, meat and dairy regulatory functions that are needed by farmers and agri-business; (ii) to develop their capacity to develop and manage policy for the agricultural sector; and, (iii) by ensuring that the PMA’s implementation and development is supported through continuous processes of review that are informed by systematised monitoring and evaluation processes.

4. Agribusiness, where groups of farmers and individuals will be able to receive support, firstly to develop their business ideas, and then to putting them to work as active and profitable agro-enterprises. Business planning, training and mentoring services will be available, as will support to the organisational development of farmers associations, helping them to become stronger in the marketplace. Partnerships with the financial sector will help to make micro-leasing, savings and micro-credit, and also larger loans, a reality for serious farmers. In addition, the “Enterprise Innovation Fund” will support the development and incubation of new ideas.

5. The five District Agricultural Training and Information Centres (DATICS) whose development was supported in the first phase will continue to receive support, albeit on a declining basis that leads them towards being able to sustain themselves as centres supporting their local farming communities. The farmers school education will continue and will be consolidated and new training products will constantly be developed to respond to the needs of farmers and the service-sector for agriculture. The DATICs will work closely with the NAADS and research systems, helping to bring farmers closer to government processes. In a continuing effort to try to reverse what is an apparent marginalisation of young people in the rural areas, the attention being given to the fora for local youth will increase. Finally, though most importantly, the commercial farming activities at each of the DATICS will be separated from the training and information activities in an attempt to make them both more efficient, but also to more clearly demonstrate the promise of modern farming.

Background From ASPS I to ASPS II
The first five year phase of the Danida supported Agricultural Sector Programme Support (ASPS) ended in June 2004. The next five year phase began immediately thereafter and will run until mid-2009. ASPS Phase II will support the farmers of Uganda – particularly the poor and women - to move into the drivers-seat, enabling them to better demand and control agricultural development processes and the delivery of services to those. This is the vision of the Plan for the Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) and the ASPS Phase II has been designed specifically to support that. Matching the demand and the supply sides of the development equation, the ASPS Phase II will work with both the private sector and Government to implement policies of decentralisation, liberalisation and privatisation.

Resources The ASPS II will target small farmers and emerging enterprises in rural areas, helping them to improve land labour productivity and thus their contribution to the agricultural economy. This will be experienced as increased incomes, improved household food security and a better quality of life for rural families.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication
Organizational change & learning
Role Person name
Expert person details  Godfrey Katwere
Expert person details Mr. Bob Mugerwa