The SECOND UGANDA-EUROPEAN UNION BUSINESS FORUM 2022 kicked off in the end of October in Kampala, Uganda. With kind support from the organizers and in joint partnership with the Danish Embassy in Uganda, Access2innovation is hosting a stand, that is showcasing us and solutions from PESITHO, SolarVenti A/S, 4Life Solutions, MASH Makes, and the GrainHub initiative.
The interest has been overwhelming. As outlined by Signe Winding Albjerg, Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda, the DMDP-supported GrainHub initiative is a #showcase on how, the private sector, civil society organizations, and financial institutions can provide needed solutions.
The GrainHub initiative for rural communities in Uganda
The GrainHub is founded by Danida, who has granted DKK 8.8 million from the Danida Market Development Partnership Program to Access2innovation for the implementation of a four-year project to improve the living conditions of small farmers in Uganda. The improvement will take place by establishing 25 decentralized grain treatment centers that combine three Danish technologies. Each technology will help create a greater income for the farmers. In addition to increasing farmers’ earnings, the 25 grain treatment centers are expected to create 500 new jobs, of which half of the jobs will at least be for women and young people under the age of 25 years.
The project funds have been allocated to Access2innovation because of the local network it has built, experience, and as the Danish platform for innovative, sustainable, commercial solutions for the African growth markets. The money will be used for training 3,000 farmers in Uganda in connection with the introduction of equipment that the three Danish companies have developed in collaboration with Access2innovation and with support from the European Regional Fund. In this case:
- BM Silo, Holstebro, produces small, flexible silo systems with built-in drying capacity, so that the grain can be dried faster after harvest while preserving the quality.
- Buurholt, Brønderslev, has developed a mobile seed cleaner, which raises the yield in the field by approximately 10 percent.
- Engsko A / S – United Milling Systems, Randers, produces stone mills and complete milling systems for grinding grain. It is a technology that ensures both the grain and shell can be ground. Since the grinding happens at low temperatures, it also ensures that all the nutrients are utilized.
You can read more about the DMDP-supported GrainHub initiative here: https://www.access2innovation.com/en/first-danish-drying-plant-commissioned-in-uganda/
You can read more about the business forum here: https://www.ugandaeuropebusinessforum.com/