Uganda

The Role of Inclusive Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Enhancing Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes

'Cyclical conflicts which continue to plague the Great Lakes region of Africa necessitate a reflection on the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. While many reasons account for this, without knowledge of triggers of relapse into conflict, and without enhancing grassroots-based approaches to managing the causes of conflict, peace will remain elusive under existing intervention...

Determinants of Domestic Food Price Differentials in Uganda: The Potential for and Constraints on Intra-County Trade

The determinants of price differentials across 79 districts in Uganda is examined in this paper. It identifies the main production areas for key agricultural commodities and consumption destinations. The paper examines the hypothesis that spatial price differentials are at least partly influenced by transportation and other transaction costs, infrastructural constraints, productivity and...

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 to traders and middlemen, followed by processors and individual consumers. Consistently, relatively high prices are earned when rice marketing is...

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 three study districts, there are only four rice seed producers, which renders rice seed to be the hardest input to access by farmers compared to...

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) business conditions. The BCI is a perceptions indicator of economic activity and the general business environment in which businesses operate. It can be...

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region as a peacebuilding instrument for civil society organisations

"This policy paper examines the prospective role of civil society organisations (CSOs) within the mechanisms and structures of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which was created to address conflict challenges faced by states within the Great Lakes region. The ICGLR was established in 2003 to provide an inclusive platform for countries within the region to work...

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 sub-region is currently experiencing major problems. The production is affected by a shortage in seed potato. These shortfalls in supply has three...

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 production and productivity, marketing, and value addition. However, the study revealed that financing is still a constraint at all levels of potato value...

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 rate depreciation and the re-ignition of political strife in South Sudan, which is a major export destination. Lower than potential domestic demand and...

Growth and Welfare Effects of Macroeconomic Shocks in Uganda

This paper uses a computable general equilibrium model to analyze the growth and welfare effects of three macroeconomic shocks in Uganda during the period 2010-17. These macroeconomic shocks are as follows: changes in terms of trade, changes in international oil prices and changes in development assistance inflows. This analysis reveals four key findings. First, the largely positive impact of...

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