NARO-NaCORI went on a joint activity visit with delegates from USAID-Feed the Future in a Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Agenda to evaluate the progress and uptake of the successful technologies being upscaled in the South Western Uganda districts of Rakai, Kamwenge, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, and Isingiro, where the project Enhancing Resilient and Adaptive Agricultural Livelihoods (ERAAL) is being implemented. The activity, saw the head of Feed the Future, Mr. Moris Oguttu, and a five-man team from USAID directly interact with project beneficiaries to learn from their market-driven demands for the project. This approach drives appreciation for project interventions that work, and vice versa.
Consequently, it informs them to drop interventions that are failing in the market so as to make amendments. The joint field visit was an opportunity to see the adoption rates of coffee technologies being scaled up in the field. The team had discussions with the districts’ local governments and farmers to identify challenges and more areas of collaboration and see the successes of project activities on the livelihoods of the beneficiaries.