The priority of the project NU-TEC is to facilitate the transition of Northern Uganda form an isolated region, highly vulnerable to climate change and affected by a long conflict, into a dynamic, resilient, wealth creating economy, supplying more and greater value products into local markets and global supply chains.
NU-TEC will catalyse investment in markets and climate smart practices, strengthening existing supply and distribution chains and accelerating new business models, products and services, to overcome the systemic constraints and market failures holding back investments and growth.
The project partners have vast experience in Uganda and the agricultural sectors on which the NU-TEC project is likely to focus. A critical component for increasing investments into climate smart agriculture depends upon leveraging the expertise and interests of Uganda’s agribusiness firms, investors and technology providers that can be brought together to make markets work more effectively in the North.
NU-TEC aims to increase the incomes and climate resilience of poor men and women in northern Uganda by
(a) stimulating sustainable, pro-poor growth in selected agricultural markets and
(b) improving the position of poor men and women within these market systems, to make them more inclusive for poor people.
The project facilitates the development of new business models and markets that benefit the poor and increase their climate resilience by:
Swisscontact is specifically providing technical assistance to design and pilot agri business investments that increase business competitiveness of agri businesses and benefit small holders in the agri systems. This includes market selection and analysis, sector mapping, product analysis and training in market systems development.
NU-TEC has the potential to sustainably and significantly improve the livelihoods of over 750,000 poor people in Northern Uganda. It is expected that the programme will deliver the following results: