This video gives a full account of how the AGRI-QUEST Research (Strengthening Agribusiness Ethics, Quality standards and ICT Usage in Uganda’s Value Chains), was implemented.
This 3 years project (Jan 2016 -Jan 2019) shows how the research idea was conceived, packaged and also how the problem was defined in order to be addressed. Additionally, the documentary shows how we methodologically interacted and engaged the various agribusiness players in Uganda’s value chains of Rice, Cassava, Oil Seed, Diary and Potato with a central objective of answering Research Question:
How can we have a better business climate that fosters a gradual but positive change in attitude and behavior of agribusiness players?
The documentary is presented in a format similar to a normal written research project report. However, the uniqueness in the video, is its applied nature of how findings were presented.
On the 3rd of April, a group of 10 researchers traveled from Kampala to Bugiri to begin their three-day field trip. Five members of the Agri-Quest team together with five master students from the VU Amsterdam left to learn about the rice value chain. Since rice is one of the seven value chains that is studied in the Agri-Quest project, Bugiri is a suitable district to visit. This district is surrounded by swamps and therefore it has a suitable environment for rice to grow.
With the help of Mukungu Isaac from the Africa 2000 Network, several interviews were organized in advance. Agri-Quest has a multi-stakeholder focus and therefore it was important to discuss the research objectives with various agribusiness players. The research team has interviewed farmers, millers, traders and even chiefs and district members to get a broad idea of issues arising in the rice value chain. The topics that the team looked at were ethics, ICT-usage, practical issues, but also gender, networks, and policies.
The local participants were holding back in the beginning of each interview, but along the way, many farmers or interested locals gathered around the research team. It led to interesting situations and several new insights. In the upcoming weeks, these insights will lead to new policy briefs and research papers.