The hand over was announced at the Launch of the 2013/14 Agricultural Finance Yearbook on the theme "New technology in financial services: new gains for agriculture", held in Kampala. The yearbook, now in its 7th edition, sets out to bridge the gap between two vital sectors of the Ugandan economy, namely Agriculture and Finance.
Speaking at the launch, Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries said the book had proved to be a valuable management tool for a wide range of stakeholders. He explained that the empirical information provided in the book was useful to policy makers, academia, commercial and small scale farmers and the other organizations that finance and support agricultural related activities in the country.
Officiating at the launch, the Office Director USAID, Jo Lesser-Oltheten congratulated EPRC adding that, "All the stakeholders were proud for having found a credible institution with an exceptional reputation for applying rigor in economic analysis and evidence based research, to be the host for this very important publication into the future".
The Executive Director EPRC, Dr. Sarah Ssewanyana appreciated the partners, GIZ, Bank of Uganda, MAAIF and USAID for bestowing on EPRC the new responsibility and for agreeing to transfer the production of the publication to a local institution. "We shall work hard to ensure we promote local content and maintain the high quality of the publication," she pledged.