Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement for Sorghum & Millets (HOPE): Baseline Survey, Uganda, Series Paper Number 41

Mwema, C and Orr, A and Namazi, S and Ongora, D (2017) Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement for Sorghum & Millets (HOPE): Baseline Survey, Uganda, Series Paper Number 41. [Socioeconomics Discussion Paper Series]

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A survey was conducted in 2015 to provide baseline information for HOPE project activities for finger millet in Uganda. The sample comprised 94 treatment and 96 control households from Serere and Lira districts. The majority of treatment households (52%) had adopted improved varieties of finger millet in the main season (March-July), compared to just 10% of households in the control group. Farmers’ top three trait preferences were for high yield, early maturity/drought resistance, and marketability. About 60% of finger millet production was sold. Farmers’ top three perceived constraints on finger millet related to marketing, including low prices, price fluctuations, and high transport costs. Decisions about crop sales and use of income from the sale of finger millet were not made exclusively by men but mostly shared. About one-third of households in the treatment group had participated in project activities and received small seed packs. Gross margin analysis showed that, on a full-cost basis, improved varieties were profitable (UGX 130,000 /acre) while local varieties were unprofitable (UGX -530 /acre). On a cash-cost basis the gross margin for improved varieties (UGX 240,402/acre) was three times higher than for local varieties (UGX 9,223 /acre).

Item Type: Socioeconomics Discussion Paper Series
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Series Name: Socioeconomics Discussion Paper Series
Uncontrolled Keywords: HOPE, Uganda, finger millet, improved varieties, Small Seed Packs
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > Drylands Agriculture
Others > African Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 08:07
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 03:41
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10006
Acknowledgement: We wish to thank the Serere Agricultural and Animal Production Research Institute (SAARI) and Nelson Wanyera (HOPE National Coordinator) for help with the selection of survey sites. Alastair Orr and Catherine Mwema designed the survey questionnaire in Open Data Kit (ODK) which was administered by Stella Namazi (Serere district) and Dennis Ongora (Lira district), supervised by Catherine Mwema. We thank our enumerators: Rebecca Kayo, Annete Ecila, Richard Ogwang, Geoffrey Lubade, James Ochan, Martin Opio, John Aru, Eunice Among, Bob Omadi and Dodah Ogwang for their relentless effort in the data collection process. Last but not least, we thank the farmers who spared time to participate in this survey. The data was analysed by Catherine Mwema and the survey report written by Catherine Mwema and Alastair Orr. The survey was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the HOPE project.
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