Poster by Emily A. Ouma, Danilo Pezo, Michel Dione, Kristina Rösel, Lawrence Mayega, David Kiryabwire, Gideon Nadiope and Peter Lule presented for the Agrifood chain toolkit conference on livestock and fish value chains in East Africa, Kampala, Uganda, 9-11 September 2013.
Assessing smallholder pig value chains in Uganda: Tools used at the farmers’ node
Assessing Smallholder Pig Value Chains in
Uganda: Tools used at the farmers’ node
4 and Peter Lule1, 5.
1 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); 2 Masaka Municipality; 3 Mukono Municipality;
4 Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO) and 5 Makerere University.
The VCA Tool kit components
Over the past three decades pig population has
increased from 0.19 to 3.2 million, and in 2011
Uganda had the highest per capita consumption
of pork in Sub-Saharan Africa (3.4 kg person-1
More than 1.1 million poor households (18% of
the total population) own pigs, mostly managed
by women and children as a crop-livestock
systems’ backyard activity.
Actors in a Typical Pig Value Chain
The pig production and marketing in Uganda is
dominated (90%) by a large informal subsector
(i.e., farmers, traders, butchers, and retailers),
with poorly organized markets and limited access
to services and information.
VCA Tools Development
Selection of Target Sites
Training of facilitators on the
application of the VC tools
In the present contribution are described the
process followed for assessing the farmers’
node of the smallholder pig value chain in
three districts of Uganda, as well as some of
the tools and techniques applied.
The number and types of actors in the
smallholder pigs value chains is large, diverse and
complex, therefore different tools and
techniques need to be used for the assessment
of the value chain.
Social capital – involvement in
collective action and benefits.
Activity clock – gender roles in
production and marketing
Decision-making and control of
Livelihood analysis – income sources
Value chain mapping
Food safety and nutrition
Geographical targeting using GIS
Stakeholder consultation of GIS report and
identification of soft criteria.
Participatory selection of districts by stakeholders.
Minimum checklist for selection of
counties & sub-counties. Includes scoping
visits and key-informant interviews.
Scoping of pre-selected sub-counties
Final selection of sites
Review and adaptation of tools used
in other CRP 3.7 projects, as well as
in the Livestock Data Innovation in
Africa project (CRP 2.3).
Tool-kit harmonized with the Safe
Food Fair Food project (CRP 4.3).
Tool-kit engendered where
Tool-kit shared with other projects:
the L&F Pig VC - Vietnam, and the
SLU/SIDA project “Assessing the
impact of African Swine Fever in
smallholder pig systems and the
feasibility of potential interventions”
Tool-kit tested in Matuga (Wakiso).
Application of the VCA Tools
Selection and training of facilitators
Farmers working on the seasonal calendar
Emily A. Ouma
firstname.lastname@example.org ● Box 24384 Kampala ● +256 39-2-081154/5
Kampala Uganda ● ilri.org
This project is funded by IFAD/EU
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Launching workshops with local
authorities and technical staff
Random selection of farmer participants
Introduction of VC tool to all farmers in
Farmers distributed at random in
groups, with two facilitators per group,
to work on specific tools. Mixed or
gender disaggregated groups according
to the nature of the tools applied.
Plenary session to review/discuss
constraints and opportunities identified
in small groups working with specific
Separate session with key-informant at