Our Thematic Areas

Agribusiness and Market Systems Development

There exist numerous opportunities in the agricultural sector but smallholder farmers are still unable to take advantage of them to earn better incomes for household poverty eradication, which has slowed down the socio-economic transformation of communities.

Several causes contribute to this, among them; the capacity of farmers which is still visibly low with majority of them unable to fully participate in existing market systems as equal actors. The existing farmer organizations are also not able to effectively play their rightful role in extending business development services to members for them to participate in agri-food market systems.

Ultimately the seemingly large opportunity for producers is not taken advantage of, thereby locking many of them into peasantry and subsistence. Other value-chain actors too have rigid procedures which are not inclusive enough to open up opportunities for smallholders, which further locks them out of agricultural markets. NAAC as an agricultural sector-specific national umbrella of agricultural co-operatives addresses this gap through strengthening the capacity of member co-operatives to improve smallholders’ participation in both input and output markets.

NAAC’s support is aimed at professionalizing its member cooperatives as well as engaging other actors to make agricultural markets more inclusive  so as to improve the position of producers in the agribusiness market ecosystem

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Demand Driven Member Services and Promotional Services

Co-operatives are always formed to serve a certain set of needs of their members..

However, these needs keep changing depending on the environment within which they operate. The changes could be due to change in technologies, nature, national priorities, emerging demands, shifts in socio-economic demands among others.

NAAC therefore;

a) Dedicates efforts to providing institutional development support services to its members to first of all ensure that proper management and governance practices are adhered to within their cooperatives, 

b) Ensures that the cooperatives begin to provide demand-driven services to their members

c) Engages in co-operative promotion and member mobilization interventions

d) Has in place a robust profiling and monitoring structures within NAAC and its membership

A tractor ploughs an agricultural field in the Sudanese capital Khartoum's district of Jureif Gharb on November 11, 2019. - The Blue Nile is a renegade river, according to Sudanese farmer Osman Idris, its unpredictable flooding swallowing crops and houses as it crashes through Sudan from Ethiopia on its way to Egypt. For Sudanese farmers, Ethiopa's construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile is a dream come true, as it promises to regulate the floods that inundate Sudan every rainy season. The Blue Nile joins the White Nile in Khartoum and supplies the overwhelming majority of the Nile's water, which runs through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Research and Innovation

The agricultural sector in Uganda remains largely under-developed because of the poor technologies and practices among the farming community. 

This has limited the production and productivity of the farmers and as a result made farming less profitable to the potential beneficiaries along the entire value-chain.

NAAC dedicates efforts to bridge the gap between research agencies (public and private) and the primary beneficiaries by providing an appropriate, cheap and efficient system of delivering these technologies, monitoring their uptake and contributing to their evaluation.

The NAAC also provides an opportunity to (especially the rural) farming community to adopt innovative, cheaper, farmer-friendly practices by linking and providing space for its members to adopt the new technologies.

The NAAC intends to create a symbiotic relationship between the farmer and the research where there is direct contact and information sharing and feedback from both ends

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Inclusive Green Agricultural Movement

Agricultural cooperatives have the potential to foster inclusive green growth because of the nature of their activities and the big number of members. 

They have the potential to foster environmental conservation through climate smart agricultural practices, they also have potential to create jobs for the many unemployed youth, as well as to increase incomes among marginalized groups like the women and the persons with disabilities.

They can be an effective social and economic stabilizer. However, in a bid to increase production, cooperatives and their members also have the potential to be harmful agents of destruction to the environment and can cause severe damage leading to adverse effects of climate change.

NAAC through our membership promotes and guides its members to adopt climate-smart agricultural practices.

NAAC does this by developing and disseminating models to its members, building capacity for members as well as monitoring compliance among its members. 

NAAC is currently developing a member`s climate smart and inclusive development charter to be signed by all members as a commitment to protect the environment.

The charter will highlight the role of cooperatives, their members and how they relate to the environment. 

Additionally, respect and promotion of the rights of Women, Youth and other vulnerable groups is critical for NAAC and its membership. 

NAAC is increasing its involvement in research for the best approaches and models that can be cascaded down to the last mile where the membership is actively engaged.

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Organizational Development, Partnerships and Collaboration

Uganda`s Co-operative sector is largely under developed and often characterized by poor leadership and governance. 

This challenge permeates from the top most national level co-operatives to the lowest tier of the primary cooperatives.

This challenge does not only affect the co-operatives at organizational level but also affects their own capacity to deliver services to their members.

Agricultural sector co-operatives are not an exception to this challenge. We strive to be a model of well-governed and well led co-operative that also models the way for its members and other co-operatives at local and national level.

Noticing that our ability to influence agricultural sector priorities in favor of the farmers will largely depend on our organizational capabilities, 

Noticing that our ability to influence agricultural sector priorities in favor of the farmers will largely depend on our organizational capabilities, 

systems of internal control and accountability, transparency and good governance, we work to ensure that our own capacity is continuously strengthened thereby giving it the moral legitimacy to provide the required support,

coaching and mentorship to our members and other co-operatives in the country. We are strengthening our; Capacity to DO; Capacity to BE and Capacity to RELATE as key dimensions of an effective organization.

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