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The Seed Potato Gap in Uganda: An Investment Opportunity, and a Challenge for Value Addition

This brief, which is an extract from the main study, analyzes the seed potato supply gap to inform investment decisions and to shape the formulation of the sub-regional potato zonal investment plan (ZIP). Quality potato production in the Kigezi su...

The Constraints to Irish Potato Value Chain Financing in Uganda

This brief summarizes the findings from the potato value chain study on what constrains the financing of potato value chain activities in Kigezi sub-region. Increased access to cheap finance, is one of the major pathways to enhancing potato produc...

Why Strong Farmers Groups are Ideal in the Marketing of Rice in Eastern Uganda

Several avenues for marketing rice in three districts of Butaleja, Tororo, and Bugiri in Eastern Uganda are studied based on data collected from a community and market survey. The survey results reveal that the majority of farmers sell their rice...

Supply of Improved Rice Seed in Eastern Uganda : The Gap and Required Investment

The challenges are explained in this brief, which limit the use of improved rice seed in three major rice growing districts in Eastern Uganda. Insufficient supply of improved seed is a core constraint to intensification in rice production. In the...

Summary of Lessons Learned from the Four Years of Uganda Business Climate Surveys

The Business Climate Index (BCI) has been produced by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) for Uganda, since June 2012. It reflects the perceptions of Ugandan business managers on the current and near future (expected three months ahead) b...

Potential of Coffee to Uplift People out of Poverty in Northern Uganda

The study's objective was to analyze the potential of expanding coffee production in Uganda, and the resultant poverty reduction effect. The study, specifically examined the contribution of coffee production towards poverty reduction. The direct w...

Business Climate Deteriorates Further as Fears of the South Sudan Conflict Grips Businesses in Uganda

For the second consecutive quarter, the perceptions on Uganda’s business environment deteriorated. This negative sentiment about the business environment could emanate from the lag effects of the electoral cycle, pass through effects of exchange r...

Tax Revenue Effects of Sectoral Growth and Public Expenditure in Uganda

There is a growing strand of literature on the determinants of tax revenue. This paper largely contributes to this tax revenue performance in developing countries, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa. More specifically they estimate the tax elas...

Improving Tax Revenue Performance in Uganda

Although there were efforts to improve tax revenue performance, tax revenues have not been responsive to overall GDP growth. This has resulted in a tax-to-GDP ratio that has stagnated at about 13% for some time. The stagnant tax effort has constra...

The Challenges of Macroeconomic Management of Natural Resource Revenues in Developing Countries: The Case of Uganda

The paper’s main purpose is to analyze the impact of different policies regarding the disposition of the expected government revenues from the exploitation of recent oil discoveries in Uganda. Several simulation exercises were performed in order t...

Progressivity or Regressivity in Uganda's Tax System: Implications for the Fy2014/15 Tax Proposals

In this paper, insights were provided on the tax-benefit implications of the FY2014/15 tax proposals as well as the 2012/13 income tax reform. While the income tax reform enhanced the progressivity of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE), it resulted in signifi...

A Critical Review of the on Going Public Finance Management Reforms: Are the Reforms Yielding on the Expected Outcomes?

This policy brief investigated into the progress and impact of the on-going public finance management reforms undertaken by the MFPED since 2012/13. These reforms include the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA); upgrading the Integ...

Improving the Growth and Transition of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area

In the face of rising population numbers, urban areas in Uganda are increasingly facing competition for their resources. More than one out of every five Ugandans are residing in urban areas and the urban population is expected to triple in the nex...

Perspectives and Emerging Issues of Uganda’s External Development Finance Landscape

Uganda has, during the past 15 years, witnessed a significant change in the mode and form of external development finance (EDF) that it received. Traditionally, Uganda has largely sourced its EDF from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...

The Role of Economic Infrastructure in Promoting Exports of Manufactured Products: Trade Facilitation and Industrialisation in the EAC

The paper estimates the impact of improving economic infrastructure in the EAC region on exports of manufactured products. The analysis specifically departs from the general analysis in the literature by looking beyond the impact of infrastructur...

Looming Long-term Economic Effect of Climate Change on Uganda’s Coffee Industry

Coffee is Uganda’s most valuable agricultural export commodity - it contributed US$ 544 million in 2016/17 (about 20 percent of total export earnings. Furthermore, the crop employs over 3.5 million households. To accelerate social and economic t...

Creating Youth Employment Through Entrepreneurship Financing : The Uganda Youth Venture Capital Fund

This study reports the results of an analysis conducted on the operations of the Uganda Youth Venture Capital Fund. The objectives of the study included: First, profiling the UYVCF beneficiaries as of January 2013, by social economic characteristi...

Youth Entrepreneurship in Uganda: Policy, Evidence and Stakeholders A Context Analysis

The youth unemployment and underemployment in Uganda, poses a formidable challenge for the Government . As a result, the government has embraced youth entrepreneurship as an avenue to expand employment opportunities. Within this report, light i...

Inflation Dynamics and Agricultural Supply Shocks in Uganda

Studies on inflation earlier in Uganda did not fully account for the potential role of supply side constraints in agriculture. This paper's purpose, therefore, is to estimate the determinants of inflation in Uganda. It highlights the possible fe...

Are Ugandan Farmers Using the Right Quality Inorganic Fertilizers?

The quality concerns of inorganic fertilizers on the Ugandan market is highlighted in this policy brief. The findings reported are an excerpt from a study that analysed the quality of inorganic fertilizers on the Ugandan market. The analysis was b...

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