Overview 

Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an initiative founded in 2006 through a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AGRA‘s is involved in 17 African countries with the aim of forming a food secure Africa by investing in agriculture.

AGRA programs look to improve both farm productivity and the resultant incomes for farmers while safeguarding the environment at the same time.

Within this, EPRC carried out the “Towards Uganda’s Fertiliser Policy, Regulations and Strategy” project. The project was approved by AGRA in November 2010 and was aimed at supporting improved crop productivity through increased use of fertilisers and Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies in Uganda. This was based on the establishment of an enabling fertiliser policy environment.

Specifically, the project aimed to:

  • Support the Ministry Of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in the process of formulation and approval of the national fertiliser policy by the end of 2011;
  • Support MAAIF in the process of finalisation and approval of the national fertiliser regulations by 2011;
  • Support MAAIF in the process of finalisation and approval of the national fertiliser strategy by 2013; and
  • Popularise the importance of fertiliser in agriculture production and the role of policy, regulations and strategy in promoting fertiliser use.

The following are the strategies that were proposed to implement the project:

  • Public awareness/sensitization
  •  Coordination
  •  Collaboration
  • Advocacy, and
  • Capacity building of agro-chemicals inspectors

Objectives

The objectives of this project are two-fold:

  • Develop National Fertiliser Strategy (NFS)
  • Strengthen the capacity of agro-chemicals inspectors and analysts


Project Team


Project Activities

The following activities were undertaken in the period under review:

  • National Fertiliser Strategy (NSF) validation workshop by all stake holders: Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala
  • Presentation on the National fertiliser strategy to the Chemicals Control Technical Committee (ACCTC)
  • Presentation on the National fertiliser strategy to the Agricultural Chemical Board (ACB)
  • First round presentation of the National fertiliser strategy to Top Policy Management of the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries
  • Conducted Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for Agrochemical Inspectors and Analysis
  • Second round presentation of National fertiliser strategy to Top Policy Management of the Ministry Of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries

Research Outputs

National Fertilizer Policy for Uganda Version Considered by Cabinet May 4 2016

The National Fertilizer Policy  for Uganda synthesizes the fragmented policies of the Government on fertilizer into a single coherent whole.

It intends to support the sub-sector in ensuring that the fertilizer industry provides affordable and accessible fertilisers to farmers for increased and sustainable agriculture productivity and farm incomes

Regulatory Impact Assessment Report of the National Fertilizer Policy April 2016

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) postulates the likely implications, costs and benefits  of the National Fertiliser Policy. It also provides the implementation, monitoring and evalaution framework for the policy. 

Crop Intensification as a Critical Pathway for Agricultural Growth: Special Case for fertilizer

The presentation provides the costs and benefits of having a fertiliser policy endorsed for implementation in Uganda. It was delivered to the Top Policy Management of Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on Thursday April 28, 2016 as a prerequisite for issuance of a certificate of financial implication, prior to approval of the Fertilizer Policy by Cabinet..

This paper highlights the quality concerns of inorganic fertilizers on the Ugandan market. The findings reported are based on 170 samples (in 50 kg bags and small 1-2 kg packs) of the commonly used fertilizers on the Ugandan market i.e.Urea, NPK, DAP, MOP and CAN purchased and subjected to a laboratory analysis.

Are Ugandan Farmers’ using the right quality fertilizers

This brief highlights the quality concerns of inorganic fertilizers on the Ugandan market. The findings
reported are an excerpt from a study that analysed the quality of inorganic fertilizers on the Ugandan
market.

This Training Manual is designed to equip Extension Workers and other stakeholders with knowledge and skills on the value of fertilisers, their profitability and safe use.

The manual is learner-centred with substantial room for trainer flexibility to innovate and customize the training process to fit within the existing trainee working environment. 

The Fertilizer Control Regulations 2012

The objective of the Regulations is to control and regulate the fertilizer manufacturing, storage, distribution and trade in, use, importation so as to ensure good quality fertilizers for farmers and protect private sector investment against harmful practices in the market.

Uganda National Fertilizer Sub-Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan (NFS)

The Uganda National Fertilizer Strategy and Investment Plan (NFS): 2015/16-2019/20 is a tool that aims at setting up a framework for guiding and promoting enhanced availability and use of fertilizer for higher agricultural productivity in Uganda.

The strategy was approved by Cabinet on May 4, 2016 together with the National Fertilizer Policy for Uganda.

The brief illustrates that increasing food prices in Uganda have had major effects of eroding people?s purchasing power especially among the low income groups. This has had significant implications for food security as people, especially the net buyers, afford less food.

Why a Fertilizer Policy for Uganda?

Declining soil fertility is cited in Uganda's Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan for 2010/11-2014/15 as one of the major challenges to increasing crop production in Uganda.

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