Economics

Uganda’s Agriculture Data Opportunity

 
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Agriculture, Africa's backbone, lacks timely and accurate raw data inhibiting evidence-based planning and decision making at all levels across the value chain. This drastically limits the growth of commercial agriculture and development in Africa because farmers cannot confidently make informed decisions, investors cannot identify and take advantage of the lucrative opportunities to channel their capital, and the government can neither predict nor measure the effects of their policies. All stakeholders are making poor decisions with their budgeted resources.

Uganda's GDP

Uganda Agriculture Industry Analysis

  • 37% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Close to 18.8 million or 77% of the Ugandan population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and close to 50% of this is the rural population which entirely dependent on agriculture as their sole economic activity.

(U.S. Library of Congress Data, Appendix 1)

Tougher climate and commodity price conditions are making it all the more relevant for farmers to use any information they can get their hands on. In Uganda, the data gap currently present in the agriculture industry, its most densely populated industry, by far affects the most number of people, is why Dbuntu Data choose to focus on Uganda's agricultural data first.