The Uganda Strategy Support Program (USSP) works in partnership with select government entities and national organizations to generate policy-relevant evidence on priority agricultural and rural development issues.
Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) Secretariat
The PMA is a holistic, strategic framework for eradicating poverty through multi-sectional interventions to enable the people of Uganda, particularly those pursuing agricultural enterprises, to improve their livelihoods. The PMA Secretariat, as a semi-autonomous agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, was established to coordinate these interventions across sectors and to motivate a range of policy and strategic programs to foster agricultural development. The Secretariat has been the principal institutional partner for the USSP since 2007.
The principal support that the USSP has offered the PMA Secretariat has been in launching the Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) node for Uganda. SAKSS-Uganda is to serve as a framework for the continuous integration of information into a knowledge management system to inform agriculture and rural development in Uganda and for identifying information gaps in that knowledge. The broad vision for SAKSS-Uganda is that it should serve as the hub for a network of Ugandan data providers and analysts to promote policy research on agricultural development issues.
Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC)
EPRC is the leading policy research institution on economic development and poverty reduction issues in Uganda. EPRC and IFPRI have an agreement to support each other’s research efforts. Past joint research has focused, particularly on making use of a model of the Ugandan economy to explore future possible development paths for the country. IFPRI-Kampala intends to work with EPRC in the near future at building its capacity for undertaking rigorous program evaluations.
Plan for Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS)
UBOS is the semi-autonomous government agency responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System. It is responsible for collecting a range of thematic data, including on agriculture and household welfare. The IFPRI-Kampala office provides technical and analytical support to UBOS as it seeks to ensure that its work on agricultural and household welfare statistics is at par with its other successful statistical programs and that its data products are used to inform the policies of the government of Uganda.