IFDC CATALIST-Uganda, BiD Network and IRIS Consulting have launched a business plan competition for small and medium sized enterprises operating in or impacting the cassava, oil seeds, rice and Irish potato, value chains in Northern, Eastern and South-Western Uganda. Uganda’s economy is growing; the whole region is changing fast. Entrepreneurs in the agribusiness sector upon which most families in Uganda directly depend, will have to professionalize to become more competitive. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business plans to become eligible for various services geared towards accessing finance and markets. IFDC CATALIST-Uganda aims to sustainably commercialize smallholder agriculture through improved productivity and market development, resulting in marketable surpluses that raise farm incomes in Uganda, and increase regional food security for the wider East Africa and Great Lakes Region. Starting with the ‘pull’ of the market by working with commodities for which there is a strong demand, IFDC CATALIST-Uganda employs a systems approach to develop integrated cropping systems around priority commodities – Irish potato, cassava, oil seeds and rice – combined with an accelerated cluster development approach appropriate for Uganda. In addition to agricultural intensification, IFDC CATALIST-Uganda offers services for input market development, output marketing, linkages to Dutch and other agribusinesses, linkages to investors and improvement of the policy environment. To support businesses in the mentioned value chains to increase their sales and production capacity, BiD Network and IRIS Consulting will offer various services and events related to accessing new markets and finance. Participants can become eligible for Ready4Finance and Farming as a Business training, voluntary coaching/ mentoring, breakfast networking meetings, and investor and Business2Business matchmaking services.
To apply, interested entrepreneurs are invited to create a member profile and submit their business summary before 30 November 2014. Find more information about participation criteria, services and how to apply on https://ifdc-catalist-uganda.bidx.net. For more information, please contact IRIS Consulting firstname.lastname@example.org or BiD Network via email@example.com.
Dated: 3 September 2014