A retrospective commission working in collaboration with Mike Mailloux (Agro Development Solutions) whom was writing a case study. Using a range of interviews with farmers, suppliers and buyers that had been involved with the project, enabled us to visually support the written case study and tell the story of the project.
From January 2004 to June 2008, NCBA CLUSA International (CLUSA), subcontractor to Chemonics International-a Washington-based development consulting firm, utilized its 60 years of experience and expertise in creating well-organized and managed farmer groups to establish solid commercial links and long term systemic growth opportunities between those farmer groups and their commercial partners. The overall goal of the CLUSA managed component was to identify the commodities in stable and accessible markets that a significant number of
smallholders were dependent on and actively engaged in. By assisting smallholders to create well managed, organized and commercially adept farmer groups, the members were able to increase their on-farm revenue streams and revenues as well as increase their access to reliable and affordable yield enhancing products, inputs and services.
The successful application and adoption of the CLUSA technical training, producer organisation and market linkages development approach and methodology enabled 71,000 Ugandan smallholders to form 2,400 farmer owned and well-managed Producer Organisations (POs) and 129 larger secondary tier farmer structures called Depot Committees or DCs.
These 129 Depot Committees were in turn able to aggregate members’ crop and function as a well-managed and transparent commercial trading partner across a range of commercial crop buyers and exporters as well as providers of financial services and agricultural input dealers. By project end, these DCs had marketed around 87,000 metric tons of crops valued at around $21m.
Four years after the completion of APEP, a total of 125 out of the 129 Depot Committees that followed the CLUSA approach, are still functional to varying degrees. An operational success rate of 97%!