The Ugandan government on Friday [10 November 2017] hailed the China-Uganda South-South Cooperation Phase 2 (SSCP2) project for boosting agribusiness production and productivity among small farmers in the country. Christopher Kibazanga, the state minister for agriculture, said the two-year SSCP2 project with the backing of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has contributed towards increased agricultural production, productivity and profitability through support to Uganda’s agricultural sector strategic plan…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2017

Key Points

  • In 2015, Uganda, China, and the FAO signed a two year South-South Cooperation Phase 2 (SSCP2) agricultural agreement valued at USD 2.5 million. Since its inception, according to head of the Chinese SSC, approximately 3,000 Ugandan farmers have been trained by Chinese specialists from Sichuan Province in the districts of Kabale, Mbarara (both located in Western Region, Uganda), Budaka, Amuria (both located in Eastern Region), and Wakiso (Central Region).
  • Since 2012, roughly 47 Chinese farming specialists have visited Uganda to provide technical assistance within the country’s food and agriculture sector.

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  • In January 2017, China donated 200 containers of rice to Uganda. According to Uganda’s Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and Member of Parliament for Lamwo County, 80 Uganda districts would each receive 3 containers (~900 bags total) of Chinese rice.
  • In July 2016, a Chinese-funded agricultural program (one month duration) was held in Butaleja District, eastern Uganda. The program trained more than 30 Ugandans on the cultivation of hybrid rice, foxtail millet (as opposed to Ugandan finger millet), as well as irrigation techniques.
  • In May 2016, construction began on a Chinese-backed agricultural project in Luweero District, central Uganda. According to Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, the Chinese-financed (~US$220 million from Sichuan Kehong Group) agri-industrial project will focus on rice production, poultry, horticulture cultivation, and aquaculture (e.g. fish farms).
  • In February 2015, Sichuan Kehong Group’s Ugandan division formally became incorporated in Uganda.
  • In August 2014, 31 Chinese agricultural specialists, including tractor manufacturers from Sichuan Province, visited Uganda.
  • In October 2012, the FAO, Uganda and China began the first phase of its agricultural cooperation project, which saw China donate US$1.5 million during the two year project.
  • In 2012, Chinese investors from Sichuan Province visited Uganda.

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