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The Constraints to Irish Potato Value Chain Financing in Uganda

This brief summarises the findings from the potato Value chain study on what constrains the financing of potato value chain activities in Kigezi sub-region. The study reveals that production is mainly funded using personal savings, and majority of farmers who use credit (70%) obtain loans from village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).

Informality of Actors and its Implications for Potato Value Chain Upgrading in Uganda

This brief summarizes findings of a potato value chain study on the; level of informality, size of operation and the length of relationships between the processors, traders and other value chain players. The study reveals that most potato value chain actors operate on a very small scale and are informal- not registered and unlicensed.

Indicative Lost Income Due to Limited Technology Use in Irish Potato Production

This brief uses Irish potato as a case study, to demonstrate how agricultural transformation through crop intensification (improvements in yield) can contribute to growth in the local economy of the Kigezi sub-region in Uganda; dependent on Irish potato production.

This brief is extracted from a study on cage culture and aquaculture park technologies in Uganda conducted by EPRC and National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI). The brief demonstrates that favorable and bullish international fish prices have supported steady foreign exchange earnings to Uganda, amidst declining volumes of fish exports

The role of the public sector in incentivizing the update of climate resilient seeds in Uganda

This brief highlights the need to access to quality seeds in building climate resilient value chains because it promotes improved quantity and quality of agricultural products.

In light of the likely negative impacts of gambling, the industry needs to be strictly controlled, well regulated and effectively policed. Presently, the gambling industry is regulated by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and is guided by the National Lotteries Act of 1967, the Gaming and Pool Betting (Control and Taxation) Act of 1968, and an addendum of statutory guidelines introduced in 2012/13.

Leadership and Access to Safe Water: Key Determinants of Improved Handwashing

This brief highlights that between 2014 and 2015, the West Nile region registered an improvement of 3.6% in the proportion of people with access to handwashing facilities. Such efforts propelled the region from seventh to third place with regards to this indicator nationally.

Absenteeism: Key Driver of Poor Performance in Primary Education

In this brief, the reader will note that spatial analysis of budget allocations and pre-selected education indicators suggests that whilst receiving a primary education releases per capita lower than in eight other sub-regions, Elgon accounts for the highest completion rate nationwide.

Creating an enabling policy environment for agricultural finance to support climate risk management in Uganda

The impacts of climate hazards such as floods and droughts have significant consequences for the development of agricultural value chains. These impacts are critical in developing countries such as Uganda, which rely heavily on the agricultural sector to meet their economic and food security needs.

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