2nd Edition AAAwards & National Agritech Dialogue<

 

Agriculture, Business & innovations for Development

The Annual Agricultural Awards aim at motivating, recognizing and rewarding outstanding individuals and organizations that have contributed and innovated towards development of the agricultural sector. These include individuals and organizations that have showed commitment to hard work and development of the sector.
The Awards aim at recognizing, spreading best practices, inspiring others, motivating, and influencing the public about the importance of agriculture and the role played by different stakeholders in agriculture sector development. Though showcasing the best individuals, groups, organizations, cooperations and industries in the country that continue to play a role by telling their stories and assessing their contribution over the years. The first national all-embracing agriculture awards expected to take place on the 7th June 2023 will be a greater forum that brings together various players and well-wishers for a developed agriculture sector.

The Annual Agricultural Awards 2021 are designed to highlight the importance of agriculture development in line with the 2014 African Union Malabo declaration that calls for importance to highlight Agriculture. The Awards will focus on our history over the years and appreciate individuals, organizations, districts, agencies, and companies that have steadily, effectively, and accurately enhanced the value of Agriculture in Uganda over the years. The Awards focus on, but are not limited to communication in Agriculture, Science initiatives, Extension services, AGritech innovations, Research, Financiers, Teachers, companies, or others working in this area are eligible for nomination.

The overall aim of the Awards is to provide a national platform for the Recognition, Motivation, inspiration, identification and exposure of Ugandans Contributing to the development of the Agriculture Sector.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. Recognise the past efforts played by various personalities, and entities in the Agriculture Revolution since independence.
  2. Showcase and appreciate role models in the agriculture sector.
  3. Profile best players and unsung heroes.
  4. Encourage all stakeholders to participate actively in sector development for better future.
  5. Motivate and Inspire tomorrow’s agro Heroes and Champions to understand that Agriculture is the future.
  6. Ensure a sustainable Culture of appreciating unsung heroes in the sector.
  7. Create a competitive agriculture sector to ensure transparent and good service delivery in Uganda
  8. Launch Agritech awards towards motivating innovation.

The AAA Prizes will vary to a category, these will range from Medals, plagues, Farm implements, animals, certificates, learning trips, land, and many others.(as committed by the selection committee and partners  at the selection level  but rather depend on a decision reached by selection committee drawn from  various sectors and fields of expertise).

Here the jury will select a group of 10 extra ordinary personalities that will be recognized for their contribution to the development of the agriculture sector.

A committee to vet the awardees has been already been composed, experts have been drawn from various areas, platforms organizations and districts to vet and go through the nominated persons. These include: policy makers, experienced scientists, extension agencies, farmers, research, private sector and media among others.

A budget is attached for possible sponsorship.

Rationale

Agriculture  is essentially a private sector activity (though in some countries there has also been cultivation of government-owned farms) in which farmers apply their labor and capital to land to produce crops, but they require a range of support services, inputs, and market access. The support services are be provided by the public sector, the private sector, a partnership between the two, or by nongovernmental or community-based organizations (NGOs and CBOs). Experience shows that Agriculture inevitably requires both private and public support, because some services are never provided in sufficient quantity or quality by market institutions (Stiglitz 1998). Clear cases of such services are public goods whose consumption is not exclusive, such as agricultural research and development services that generate non-rival and often non-excludable knowledge.

Other cases where some exclusivity might be arranged, such as roads (if tolls are feasible)and education (if fees can be collected), are also generally treated as public goods that governments need to provide.

Agribusiness

The agriculture production chain is a highly complex system. Once a crop is produced and harvested, a range of agribusiness activities link farmers to consumers. Agribusiness activities are also important on the input side to provide seeds, agricultural chemicals, and pesticides as inputs for agricultural production. All the activities along the crop production chain are facilitated by the availability of credit, transport, marketing infrastructure, and a favorable legal and policy environment, including clear land rights.
The cost of inadequate attention to Agriculture, especially in agriculture-based economies, continues to come into focus with the food crisis of 2007–08. The crisis has added momentum to an emerging renewal of attention and stepped-up financing to agriculture and agribusiness
Cross-country analyses indicate that gross domestic product (GDP) growth originating in agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth originating outside the sector (World Bank2007b; Barrett, Carter, and Timer 2010).

However, despite such empirical data, agriculture remains least recognized sector, identified with low financing, unbankable, poor enumeration and limited cooperation, despite many people making an effort to contribute to this sector, many players have not been recognized for efforts, which factor continues to kill motivation and inspiration for sustainable agriculture development. For today and the future.The cost of inadequate attention to agriculture, especially in agriculture-based economies, continues to come into focus with the food crisis of 2007–08. The crisis has added momentum to an emerging renewal of attention and stepped-up financing to agriculture and agribusiness

Cross-country analyses indicate that gross domestic product (GDP) growth originating in agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth originating outside the sector (World Bank2007b; Barrett, Carter, and Timer 2010).
However, despite such empirical data, agriculture remains least recognized sector, identified with low financing, unbankable, poor enumeration and limited cooperation, despite many people making an effort to contribute to this sector, many players have not been recognized for efforts, which factor continues to kill motivation and inspiration for sustainable agriculture development. For today and the future.