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Program Mandate

To generate technologies that reduce post-harvest losses, promote product development and safety while fostering agri-business and services in agricultural sector

Introduction

About 80% of the Ugandans derive their livelihoods from Agriculture (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry) and related activities. However, less than 30% of their agricultural produce are value-added into forms desired by consumers. Besides, the rate of migration from rural areas to urban centres is on the increase. It will be a challenge to meet the dietary requirements and demands of these migrants with a multiplicity of culinary food tastes if the food industry is not transformed from of the current status to the 2040 envisioned industrial level. The transformation can only be achieved through research and multi-sectorial development efforts.

FBA plays a vital role in the transformation process as it interfaces between primary agricultural producers and secondary or tertiary processors. The Program addresses researchable issues from farm to fork which include; safety of raw materials and final products, post-harvest handling and primary processing, transformation of raw materials into forms desired by consumers (value-addition), quality assurance systems, and storage options for agricultural produce at different segments of the respective value-chain. In addition, FBA nurtures innovative ideas from researchers into profitable business enterprises that create jobs and increases incomes through her incubation centre.

Currently, the food processing sector in Uganda is severely out-competed by cheap imports, hampered by irregular supply of high quality raw materials and low level of automated mechanization hence inefficient and uncompetitive. During harvest seasons characterized by glut, the post-harvest losses are unacceptably high which are further exacerbated by poor on-farm and en-route handling practices coupled with inappropriate facilities. Consequently, the desired quality attributes of agricultural produce are compromised which undermines the quality of the final products. In highly competitive high-value market space with fastidious consumers, low quality products are uncompetitive and inevitably fetch low prices. As a result, primary producers are caught in a cycle of poverty while secondary producers hardly break-even against a backdrop of cheap imports and high production costs. This scenario does not only undercut the national economic developmental efforts but it also undermines its integrity.

In a nutshell, FBA generates and disseminates innovative technologies to end-users that reduce post harvest losses and transforms agricultural produce into safe, nutritive and shelf-stable products that can be incubated to enhance commercialization. The current priority outputs are generated through the following projects:

Vision

To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies

Mission

To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security

Services

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