Grantee: Joseph Initiative Ltd.
Project name: “Joseph Initiative Rural Injini”
Grant amount: £981,311
Project start date: 26th November 2014
Project duration: 3 years 1 month
Countries benefiting: Uganda; Burundi; Kenya; Rwanda; and Tanzania
Description of the organization:
The Joseph Initiative Ltd. is a Uganda registered agricultural commodity trading and processing company that integrates small-scale production with regional buyers of whole grain and pulses by managing a fully capitalized and coordinated supply chain for dried agricultural commodities. It is the only Ugandan trader of grains that manages massive micro-quantity production support and village procurement – supporting and executing thousands of sub-one metric ton purchases – while simultaneously managing upstream activities such as fulfilling large-scale, premium quality contracts. The Joseph Initiative creates commercially-viable access points to agricultural and financial services that catalyse productive growth for more than 3,000 Ugandan maize producers.
The Joseph Initiative Rural Injini Project aims to improve end-to-end integration of smallholder maize and legume farmers into regional markets by reducing post-harvest loss at the farm level and increasing productivity by facilitating access to finance. The Rural Injini Project will do this by developing village-based infrastructure to engage smallholder farmers, supplying them inputs, storage solutions and financial services, and integrating them into a coordinated and capitalized supply network that sources and distributes grains from farm gate to regional markets. The project will invest in human, technological and physical infrastructure at different levels to improve the supply chain and create efficiencies. Specifically, the project will: Finance 90 new village-based aggregation centres in Uganda; Collect and aggregate input requirements, negotiate discounts and distribute products to smallholder maize and legume farmers; Provide in-kind loans to farmers and manage loan repayments through the purchase of produce from farmers; Provide ongoing training, production monitoring and private agricultural extension services (such as soil sampling) to participating farmers; At harvest, source micro quantities (under one metric ton) of unprocessed Ugandan maize for processing; Deploy a mobile technology enhanced platform; and Enhance the volume of tradable grain and legumes to different high, middle and low end buyers throughout select countries.