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Private Sector Development Opportunities targeting smallholder farmers' cooperatives


This study will identify opportunities for the Belgian development cooperation to support Private Sector Development (PSD) in Uganda, complementing the approaches of the BNGAs and the Ugandan government. In particular, the study looks at what role DGD and the development actors can play to improve smallholder livelihoods in rural Uganda through local value chain developmentusing agro ecological and sustainable methodologies.

The methodology consists of desk research and qualitative research methods (including semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus groups with local stakeholders). The field work will take place in Rwenzori region in Western Uganda, where small-scale farming in cash and food crops characterises the agricultural sector.

The findings of the PSR should lead to practical recommendations for the Belgian development cooperation and different devel-opment actors, in the areas of:

- PSD opportunities targeting smallholder farmers’ cooperatives and SMEs

- funding opportunities for promotion of smallholder cooperatives and SMEs to develop and scale up sustainable business opportunities.

- complementary strategies and roles of the Belgian development cooperation, the BNGAs and development partners. How can they support sustainable value chains or value addition initiatives which are gender responsive and climate resilient?

- areas of possible support promoting alternative ways of financing small scale (female) farmers and SMEs and opportunities to facilitate low interest financial loans.

- innovative sustainable value chains that improve the livelihood of small scale farmers and entrepreneurs in rural areas.

Intervention type

Policy Supporting Research (2019-2021)


01/01/2021 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Joeri Brusselle
Local partner institution Hogeschool Gent
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Budget € 50.000