e-Verification of Agricultural Inputs: Progress in Uganda
Event InformationCorrectly applied pesticides and fertilizers can significantly increase yields. But many smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are reluctant to invest in these inputs out of concern that they' will receive ineffective counterfeits. In the worst case scenarios, buying counterfeits means they have wasted limited financial resources and learned not to trust claims that inputs can really improve their yields. In Uganda, after an initial pilot showed that an e-verification service could help farmers as well as legitimate input manufacturers, the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs Activity began facilitating the development of a public-private e-verification service. The service—a partnership between a private firm and the government of Uganda—is gearing up to launch before the next planting season agricultural season. Join us to hear Monitor Deloitte's analysis of the problem and how USAID and its implementing partner have facilitated a true public-private partnership. We will also discuss how IFPRI has set up a way to evaluate the service as it rolls out.
USAID Bureau for Food Security
Judy Payne is USAID’s ICT Advisor for Agriculture. She helps USAID missions and their projects around the world use information and communications technologies as a tool for economic growth and agriculture development. Her work includes helping USAID’s implementing partners find ways to use ICT-enabled approaches to increase their projects’ success in sustainable and scalable ways. Applications include mobile banking, market price information systems, applications to help large buyers deal with thousands of producers, and new technical and business models to extend access to the Internet to the poor. Prior to joining USAID, Payne worked for over 25 years in the US private sector, including 15 years working in all aspects of e-business, electronic commerce, and e-government.
USAID Bureau for Economic Growth Education and Environment
Kristin O’Planick is an Enterprise Development Specialist in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment. She provides assistance to market systems, enterprise development, and workforce development programming. Kristin also manages the Leveraging Economic Opportunities project and the Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs activity.
Pradeep is a Senior Manager with Monitor Deloitte. He leads Monitor Deloitte’s work in Agriculture and Food Security in Emerging Markets and has worked extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has led Monitor Deloitte’s work with USAID on Feed the Future Private Sector Action Plans and has supported governments across Africa and Asia on transforming agriculture sectors through inclusive private investments. He also has extensive experience in Fertilizer and Seeds systems in Africa and has led several engagements with various development actors such as USAID, the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the Rockefeller foundation.
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