Through the Feed the Future Activity, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Tetra Tech is strengthening the agricultural inputs supply chain to increase the availability and responsible use of high-quality agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, agro-chemicals, and light equipment by farmers. The program is also working to decrease the prevalence of counterfeit agricultural inputs in the Ugandan market.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ugandan economy, providing 14 percent of gross domestic product; 85 percent of total export earning; 73 percent of total employment; and the bulk of the raw materials used by the mainly agriculture-based industrial sector. Agriculture is the main source of income for more than 60 percent of poor households; and more than 80 percent of the country’s labor force is involved in the sector. However, average yields have been stagnant or dropped over the last decade due to increasing population pressure and decreasing soil fertility, as well as environmental impacts from climate change.

The objective of the Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs program in Uganda is to increase the production of maize, beans, and coffee through the appropriate use of high-quality agricultural inputs. To achieve this objective, Tetra Tech works with agricultural-input wholesalers and retailers in target districts. In addition, we are working to decrease the prevalence of counterfeit agricultural inputs such as adulterated or mislabeled agricultural products. To promote the project’s sustainability, Tetra Tech is using a market facilitation approach, gathering local actors to serve as role models in the agriculture industry, thereby stimulating lasting change in the way agricultural inputs are bought and sold. The market facilitation approach led to the development of an innovative monitoring and evaluation system designed to measure systemic change in the agricultural inputs market.

Tetra Tech is working with four strategic stakeholders: agricultural input wholesalers, retailers, industry associations, and Ugandan government entities. Tetra Tech assists wholesalers and retailers to strengthen relationships and innovate practices to increase service provision and profitability. We are supporting national-level industry associations such as the Uganda National Agro-dealers’ Association (UNADA), the Uganda Seed Trade Association (USTA), and CropLife Uganda to help underscore the importance of high-quality inputs and efficient management systems with the ultimate goal of sustaining agricultural-inputs practices in the country’s agriculture sector. Finally, we are engaging local government agencies to improve their support of agricultural retailers.

Over the project’s 5-year lifespan, Tetra Tech and USAID will reach 25 percent of all agricultural-input dealers in 21 Feed the Future target districts. These outreach efforts will help decrease the prevalence of counterfeit inputs on the market, increase the production of certified maize and bean seed, and ultimately increase the percentage of farmers reporting that they purchased and used agro-inputs during the farming season.