Strengthening agribusiness Ethics, Quality Standards & ICT usage in Uganda’s value chains? (AGRI-QUEST)
Aim: Despite the benefits enshrined in embracing (i) ethical and (ii) quality issues with respect to accelerating transformation, competitiveness and sustainability of a vibrant food security program (Netherlands Embassy in Uganda MASP 2014- 2017, pg. 8) and a vibrant food game (Lucas Simons, 2014), there is a considerable lack of attention to these two issues in agribusiness value chains in Uganda. This henceforth raises a question: How can we have a better business climate that fosters a permanent or positive gradual change in practice & attitude towards agribusiness ethical behaviour and quality standards in food security initiatives?
Objective: The main objectives of the project are:
- Establish alternative ways of encouraging beneficiaries of agricultural development supported initiatives to engage in dialogue about introducing ethical agricultural standards.
- Develop and disseminate resources necessary to make informed ethical and quality standard-based decisions in support of a more just and equitable food and agriculture VC system.
- Ascertain how decision-making procedures in international food and agriculture policy and practices can be implemented by agricultural players at the bottom of the pyramid.
- Assist agricultural VC micro-players to adhere to basic Codes of Conduct.
- Review existing agribusiness quality standards, ethical dilemmas, & mobile ICT applications (mobile apps) to determine their appropriateness in sustaining a competitive agribusiness climate.
- Develop a website and mobile app which can be used as (1) reference point for agricultural standards and ethical practices; and (2) a “farmer-to-buyer” brokerage and market information access point.
Method: The complex nature of this project AGRI-QUEST can best be addressed with an approach of multi-stakeholder engagement of various agri-business players. So this research project will utilize engagement processes that include capacity building of farmers/value chain players, wide consultations and stakeholder engagement so as to ensure buy-in, uptake of research outcomes plus knowledge exchange. The project employs a “co-creation method” focusing on qualitative research methodologies.
Dutch policy goal: A better business climate.
Duration: January 2016 – January 2019