microReport #155: Development of a BDS Market for Agricultural Inputs in Rural Uganda

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Rees Warne
  • Organizations/Projects: Weidemann Associates
  • Document Types: Technical Report
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

This report summarizes the change in the business situation of Ugandan stockists and farmers who were surveyed in the Mbale and Masindi districts where AT Uganda’s project was implemented. The research was carried out in two stages. The initial phase of this research took place in October, 2003. In November, 2006, the field research team replicated the 2003 study. Three groups within Uganda’s agricultural supply chain took part in this study:

  • large and medium scale agricultural suppliers and distributors
  • small-scale agricultural input retailers (stockists)
  • farmers

The AT Uganda project was designed to assist the agricultural input distribution sector by strengthening the linkages among large-scale distributors, stockists (small-scale retailers), and farmers. It focused on assisting stockists who sell agricultural inputs to farmers to play a stronger role in providing other business services related to agricultural production and marketing.