AGRI-QUEST research project is rooted on the premise that good ethical behaviour and quality standards would logically be translated into accelerating transformation, competitiveness and sustainability of a vibrant food security program and agri-business.
This may not be the case in many agribusiness value chains in Uganda. The need to have a better business climate that fosters a permanent and positive gradual change in practices & attitudes in agribusiness towards ethical behavior and quality standards in food security and agri-business initiatives is decided.
Through ‘wide consultations and multi-stakeholder engagement approach’ with various agribusiness players, the AGRI-QUEST will utilize such processes that include capacity building of farmers/value chain players, wide consultations and stakeholder engagement to ensure buy-in, uptake of research outcomes and knowledge exchange.
Our key activities.
We center our working goals on the following activities ;
- Facilitate Value Chain players to design in-house quality control mechanisms, Codes of Conduct and train them to abide by them.
- Train Value Chain players in local and international agricultural policies and standards and enable them see how these apply and empower them to thrive in agriculture.
- Help farmers understand farm produce ethical selling/buying conditions and standards set forth by large buyers.
- Skill farmers in documenting and reporting progress and failures on meeting ethical and Quality standards.
- Facilitate farmers to dialogue for better business terms
- Develop a ‘mobile app’ and website that can act as platforms for farm produce/input/outputs markets information exchange, including information about payments options and value addition.