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May 2015

ASARECA supports business incubation for empowerment, jobs, income and growth

Young entrepreneurs find best start-up support

Molly Allen earns Ushs 50million (about US$19,500) annually after selling coffee seedlings. In 2010, when she started off, she earned only Ushs 2.5million (US$960) from 5,000 seedlings. “I produce 100,000 seedlings on demand every year and sell each seedling at Ushs 500. My main buyers are Hima Cement in Uganda. Hima provides seedlings to communities around the cement plant in Kasese district, as part of their social corporate responsibility. I also supply the district NAADS programme,” she says.  Read more about ASARECA supports business incubation for empowerment, jobs, income and growth

By providing targeted capacity development to farmer organizations, establishing the right partnerships and implementing innovative processes, ASARECA has assisted farmer groups in four countries in Eastern and Central Africa, to practice agriculture as a

For too long, smallholder farmers in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) have been receiving low returns on their roles in agricultural value chains. Among the causes of these poor returns, are low productivity and lack of competitiveness in the value chains. A key challenge preventing these farmers from being competitive is the low levels of organization among them. Read more about By providing targeted capacity development to farmer organizations, establishing the right partnerships and implementing innovative processes, ASARECA has assisted farmer groups in four countries in Eastern and Central Africa, to practice agriculture as a

Farmers in 3 countries are realizing increased incomes and better nutrition as a result of banking on climbing beans innovations - intercropping the beans with maize as stakes; and mono-cropping beans using string stakes. Farmers who intercropped climbin

Mr. Augustine Shiragahinda is farmer in Musange district, Rwanda.  Augustine has tripled his bean production and sales, and transformed his life and that of his family. He has become a role model for his community. He is active in promoting innovations and practices for climbing beans to farmers in his community and beyond. “I had given up on planting climbing beans because the cost of the woody stakes was high and the stakes scarce. In addition, I did not have access to good quality climbing bean varieties. In 2009, I became a contact farmer for this climbing bean project. Read more about Farmers in 3 countries are realizing increased incomes and better nutrition as a result of banking on climbing beans innovations - intercropping the beans with maize as stakes; and mono-cropping beans using string stakes. Farmers who intercropped climbin

Through provision of clean seeds for African indigenous vegetables, training, linkages to seed producers and other strategic support, ASARECA is helping improve nutrition as well as create income for women and youth in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

They are known as ‘ABANIKI’, which means women of peace and development. Their group association leader, known as General Goergette, has become an advocate of the African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs), after learning about their desperately needed nutritious benefits. She has been featured on Burundi National Television and radio advocating for the vegetables. “With the prevalence of poverty and diseases like HIV/AIDs, African indigenous vegetables are very helpful in improving the health of our local community, especially children. Read more about Through provision of clean seeds for African indigenous vegetables, training, linkages to seed producers and other strategic support, ASARECA is helping improve nutrition as well as create income for women and youth in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

A glimpse at ASARECA’s Second Operation Plan (OPII)

ASARECA is operating under a 10-year Strategic Plan running from 2008 to 2017. The strategy is implemented through two operational plans. The first Operational Plan (OP1), running from 2008– 2013, provided guidance on the implementation of the first five years of the ASARECA Strategy. Read more about A glimpse at ASARECA’s Second Operation Plan (OPII)

ASARECA sets stage for new research projects

In a move to implement its new Operation Plan (OP II), ASARECA has issued out its first call for concept notes for partners to implement regional research projects. After receiving approval from development partners including the European Union, USAID East Africa, Swedish International Development Agency and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, ASARECA plans to build on successes from the just concluded first Operational Plan (OP I) by commissioning projects to scale out the successes.

The new research areas ASARECA is seeking partners to implement include; Read more about ASARECA sets stage for new research projects

ASARECA seeks to expand wheat production through partnerships

In a bold move to improve the production of wheat among smallholder farmers, ASARECA and Wheat for Africa (W4A), have teamed-up to implement a joint initiative to link smallholder farmers to high end markets. According to Ivan Rwomushana, the Manager for Staples Crops, ASARECA, this will be achieved by reducing transactions costs, boosting the participation of small and medium enterprises (SME) in markets, developing and validating new innovations to enable smallholder farmers to improve their yields, and add value to their wheat to fetch higher profits. Read more about ASARECA seeks to expand wheat production through partnerships

ASARECA rolls out four-year environmental conservation initiative

ASARECA has announced a new promise to promote efficient use and sustainable conservation of the environment through an ambitious five-year project due to be rolled out soon.

According to the Manager Agrobiodiversity and biotechnology Programme, ASARECA, Dr. Charles Mugoya, the project will boost existing efforts by ASARECA and partners to use plant genetic resources today, while safeguarding the health, food and nutritional needs of future generations. Read more about ASARECA rolls out four-year environmental conservation initiative

Vice President hails ASARECA for investing in Burundi agriculture

“ASARECA has made a huge contribution to supplement the Burundian government efforts to fight hunger and poverty by transforming agriculture”, Burundi’s Vice President, Gervais Rufyikiri, has said.
In his opening remarks at the Second ASARECA General Assembly and Scientific Conference, Mr. Rufyikiri said Burundi institutions are currently implementing seven ASARECA supported projects. Read more about Vice President hails ASARECA for investing in Burundi agriculture

Governments urged to invest more in agriculture

Employing more than 70% of the populations in the Eastern and Central African (ECA) region, agriculture is considered the sure pathway out of poverty for millions of people who depend on it for income and nutrition.  But governments in the sub-region need to increase investment in the sector, if it is to become a tool for transition into a middle income status for their citizens, delegates attending the second ASARECA General Assembly and Scientific Conference have stressed. Read more about Governments urged to invest more in agriculture

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