Integrating Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Elite Pig Genetics to transform the Pig Value Chain in Uganda
Project FunderThe Makerere Research Innovation Fund
Project Duration1 year
Project PIAssoc. Prof. Donald Rugira Kugonza (Department of Agricultural Production, School of Agricultural Sciences - College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences -CAES).
The project is set to provide opportunities to farmers in three districts of Wakiso, Luweero and Mpigi with the aim of boosting farmer access to and ownership of improved pig breeds through use of affordable and easily accessible Artificial Insemination technologies. The project will distribute upto 1000 dozes of improved pig breeds’ semen at subsidized rates. Of these, 200 doses will be completely free to farmers as a strategy to help marginalized farmers like women and others who cannot afford AI technologies, but also to popularize AI technology uptake among farmers. The project team will also provide trainings and exchange visits for male and female farmers in the selected communities, to enhance their knowledge and skills for pig farming and enhance their understanding of AI technology in Pig farming.
The project will also build capacity of district veterinary staff to understand and appreciate gender dynamics in pig farming in their communities, as well as the importance of gender mainstreaming in service delivery in the livestock sector in general. Building the capacity of veterinary staff in this aspect will enhance access to extension services by female and other marginalized farmers, as well as enhance tailor made service delivery that addresses the unique needs of female vs male farmers and thereby increases gains from extension services received by pig farmers in these communities.The team will also hold sensitization meetings with farmers on the importance of gender sensitivity in communities, the importance of shared decision making in households, and the importance of equitable resource allocation at household levels. It is envisaged that this will help female farmers to benefit more from their time and labour invested in pig farming activities on their own or household pigs farms. This in turn, will enhance female farmer motivation to engage in pig farming, as well as encourage them to expand productivity due to gains realized from the sector. It is envisaged that improved benefits for female and male Pig farmers, will not only result in sustainable livelihoods in the sector but also increased incomes and household wellbeing.