ACHIEVEMENTS

Since inception, Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) has achieved immensely. Below is a summary of them;

  1. Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) is proud to have championed Agro-Tourism sector in Uganda and the African continent. Many stakeholders have been trained; awareness about Agro-Tourism created and many agribusiness players are now engaged in Agro-Tourism enterprise and their farm incomes have increased.

  2. ATA has trained over 100,000 people especially youth and women in the Business Development Services (ADS) including financial management, agribusiness planning, enterprise selection, agricultural marketing, group dynamics, buying and selling, costing, gender issues in business, life skills, climate change mitigation and adaptation, skills development, value addition, among others

  3. ATA has participated in the development of pertinent global, regional and national documents such as National Strategy for Youth Employment in Agricultural (NSYEA, October 2017) under the Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) supported by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. UGANDA’S FOREST INVESTMENT PROGRAM under the Ministry of Water and Environment. Our contribution was made through one of our collaborators Environmental Alert. ZARDI Research and Development Programmes for “contributing to transforming household livelihoods and social-economic development towards middle income status” (for National Agriculture Research Organization). Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan 2015/16-2019/20 for the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Government of Uganda., National Agricultural Policy (NPA 2013) under MAAIF.

  4. ATA has successfully enabled over 100 farmer groups attain profitable and sustainable markets (local, regional and international markets) for their produce. Some of the products are either in raw or processed forms such as piggery, poultry/eggs, cereals, honey, milk, crafts, leather, among others

  5. Through the Apprenticeship and Internship programs, Agro-Tourism Association has successfully benefited over 800 youth both from formal and informational institutions. We partner with various academic institution in Uganda and across the globe such as Princeton University, in New Jersey, USA

  6. Through the Incubation, Agro-Tourism Association has nurtured 23 businesses which area refavourably competing in the market today

  7. ATA has supported the organisation of various international gatherings such as Eastern Africa Sub-Regional Consultation on Coherence on Food and Nutrition Global Policy in the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014. The conference which was held at Hotel African had representatives from Australia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, DRC, Seychelles, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Canada, California, South Sudan, Burundi, and Rwanda among others.

  8. Agro-Tourism Association has established relationships and partnerships with various entities in the fields of research, trainings, academia (Universities like Makerere, Busitema, Princeton - USA) among others. Other partners include; Africa Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN), SASAKAWA Global 2000, Del Youth Group, AgriProFocus, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Uganda Country Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF), Del-Agro Business Enterprises Ltd, International Year of Family Farming (IYFF +10), AgriProfocus, Youth in Agribusiness Africa (YAN), African Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS),Pan African Agribusiness & Agro-Industry Consortium (PanAAC), Uganda were from Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Food Rights Alliance (FRA), Africa Union of Conservationists (AUC), Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU), Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization (TUNADO) etc. ATA is an active member of various local and International networks.

  9. ATA has successfully organised exchange visits to take over 45 farmer groups majorly youth and women groups from Uganda, South Sudan, Europe, Asia, Zambia, Kenya among others to agricultural enterprises

  10. The organization has supported some of her technical staff to publish various books and magazines such as entitled Farming as a Business (FaaB) and Onion production manual. Other books, Agro-Tourism development in Uganda, green house farming, piggery management, tomato production manual, are underway

  11. ATA has successfully organized various Agribusiness Trade Fairs such as The Farmers Expo and Agripreneurship Awards which are annually held in Mukono district

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On the top: The second batch of the youth being briefed before they set off for an Agro-Tour in August 2017 in Central and western Uganda.
The below picture, some of the excited youth majorly from Karamoja, Northern Uganda and Europe having a pose at Equator. The tour which attracted over 100 youth had experiential learning from both youth and other farmer categories in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Bukomansimbi, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kasese, and Fort portal. Among the enterprises which were visited included; Piggery (under conventional and IMO technology), horticulture, coffee, dairy, value addition/processing, banana value chains, passion fruit enterprises, urban farming, poultry among others.

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This was after a press conference where we launched Agripreneurship Awards and TuveKuKaveera campaign at the 3rd Annual Farmers Expo in Mukono district.