The Changing Dynamics of Livestock Marketing in the Eastern and North Eastern fringes of Uganda
The projected global expansion in consumption of meat and other livestock products potentially offers sub-Saharan African small-holder farmers opportunities to escape from the poverty trap. A necessary condition for exploiting this potential is the establishment of marketing systems that provide farmers with reasonable incentives to participate in the market.
The Project in its implementation has handled the constraints along the marketing chain as well as potential institutional solutions that would ease and promote livestock trade even across borders in the region where more work is needed to improve the functioning of the livestock marketing chain.
The project therefore set out to give solutions to some constraints that include: a poor market information system, lack of livestock grades and standards, dispute settlement, and poorly developed marketing infrastructure.
In its 5 years of implementation, the project has set up a structured approach to livestock watering infrastructure in form of valley tanks and valley dams ,market and production infrastructure development such as modern livestock markets, slaughter sheds, quarantine centres, animal holding Gorounds and Animal border check points, and emphasis on arbitration systems as specific ways of improving the efficiency of livestock marketing in Uganda , Kenya and Ethiopia.
This infrastructure will enable the farmers sell their livestock from an informed point of view and have high bargaining power for what their livestock is worth.