Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) held a strategic planning meeting with World Food Programme (WFP), NAADS, Uganda National Farmers’ Federation, Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union (UCSCU), Uganda Cooperative Alliance.
Sarah Kagingo, the Operation Wealth Creation head of Public Affairs office, says the meeting drew over 90 farmer groups drawn from around the country with a view of creating a harmonised approach by all stakeholders to Uganda’s agricultural value chain.
The Luweero district Strategic Planning Meeting was held under the theme: “Exploring the Benefits of a Joint OWC – WFP Partnership on Wealth Creation in Uganda”.
Groups present included; OWC, WFP, NAADS, Uganda Cooperative Alliance, Uganda National Farmers’ Federation, Uganda Credit and Savings Cooperative Union.
The discussions centred on: Production by FO & region, available storage capacity (capacity to expand), produce movement plan from household level to SCP, grain quality, available markets.
Held at Bukalasa Agricultural College on the 14th of August 2015 was addressed by Chairman OWC, Gen. Salim Saleh, World Food Programme Country Director, Michael Dunford and Simon Costa who has for 4 years worked on food loss eradication in Uganda as a volunteer with World Food Programme.
“We (officers) are involved in agriculture as a corrective measure. We will exit when producers can stand alone and when the value chain infrastructure is set,” said Gen. Saleh.
He added: “Several stakeholders are involved but with a fragmented approach. This meeting is one of several held to harmonise all approaches.”
WFP Country Director Michael Dunford urged quality.
“Last year, we bought 41,000 metric tons of cereals, we are looking to buying 250,000 metric tons from the region this year. Only quality products can be allowed passed the borders,” said Dunford.