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Yield Uganda

Uganda

Integrating smallholder producers into formalised, transparent and fair global & local food markets.

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What is the urgent social or environmental need you are addressing?

Yield Uganda Ltd believe that smallholders occupy an increasingly important place in global food trade. As demand for food increases and supply becomes more erratic the opportunities for smallholders should increase. However, currently smallholder production performs way below its true agronomic potential. The current operating environment does not encourage investment in producers, i.e. smallholders are unable to leverage funding, technical experience or high quality inputs. Smallholder producers are unable to meet the demands of the global food industry and struggle to improve their revenues.

 

What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy

Yield Uganda works closely with smallholder farmers to produce reliable volumes of high-quality food products for local and international markets. They source products from smallholder producers with whom we have assisted in growing the products and then sell those products for a profit. They contract smallholder producers guaranteeing them market and a minimum price for their products and have trained agronomists working with farmers through trainings. In addition, they have completely transparent buying practises and always pay immediately. They benefit through access and security of high quality supply; producers benefit through improved yields and revenue.

 

Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

Yield Uganda significantly invests upstream in the production of goods. The global food industry increasingly demands security of supply, high quality standards, traceability and assurances of sustainability. Creating a formalised, transparent production model in an otherwise chaotic operating environment, allows Yield Uganda to ensure reliable volumes of high quality produce. Yield currently works with 500 farmers for niche products and approximately 4,000 farmers for commodity products. The number of registered smallholders (producing chia seed) increased 9 times from 2014A season to 2014B season, demonstrating significant enthusiasm from producers to work with them. Further, average revenues per acre for chia are UGX 700,000, which is double the revenue for sesame and three times the revenue for maize.

 

Alex Elphinstone
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Managing Director
Jaspher Odongo
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Field Supervisor

About Alex Elphinstone

Alex is responsible for P&L, customer management, financial management, design of all operations and administration, people management and HR. Prior to Yield, Alex worked with smallholder producers for 8 years in the tobacco industry (British American Tobacco) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Brazil and Uganda. This industry is recognised as being extremely progressive in terms of provision of extension services and management of large groups of outgrower farmers. He project-managed the switch from cash payments to electronic payments for 25,000 rural smallholders in Uganda.

About Jaspher Odongo

Jaspher is responsible for planning and management of all extension, purchasing and storage operations. He also does Yield’s reporting into monthly planning cycles, relationship management and business development. Jaspher has 10 years experience working with smallholder producers in Northern Uganda. His understanding of the production environment and empathy with farmers earns trust, one of the biggest barriers to get over in this field.

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

Yield’s Managing Director and senior Field Supervisor have 20 years of combined experience in smallholder agriculture/contract farming and management of primary supply chains in Africa. Effective extension services are extremely rare in African smallholder agriculture. The Managing Director has the corporate experience of delivering SMART results in this sector, whilst the Field Supervisor has an excellent technical capability and cultural understanding of the production environment and the actors within it.