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Boosting Food Security: Groundnut & Soybean with Tech

The groundnut (and soybean) seed sectors in Uganda, like many others facing similar limitations, struggles with several constraints. These challenges include a limited supply of foundation seed, poor seed quality control measures, inaccurate forecasting of seed demand, and inadequate distribution systems. The Groundnut breeding programme at National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) is committed to continue to generate high quality seeds necessary to mitigate the adverse effects of emerging production challenges.

Sustainable Agri-Food Initiative (SAFI) is currently collaborating with NaSARRI to improve the production of groundnuts, soybean, millet and sorghum in Kasese district, Uganda. These crops are becoming highly commercial in most parts of Uganda, including Kasese district.

Over the past four growing seasons, SAFI establishes Participatory Variety Selection demo plots, organizes field training sessions and promotes good agronomic practices to equip farmers with improved agricultural techniques. NaSARRI generously provides the seeds and technical backstopping.

At SAFI, we are focusing on boosting both the groundnut and soybean value chains as well as testing our online marketplace (e-commerce). This online marketplace will create access of value-added products to fair markets.

By improving farming practices, introducing sustainable technologies and the much-needed groundnut varieties like NARONUT 1, Serenut 11T, and Serenut 8R, this project has already positively impacted over 627 farmers in Kasese district.

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