Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conducted a study with a specific objective of ranking the relative importance of eight priority policy areas. These include: seeds, fertilizers, mechanization, irrigation, extension, research and development (R&D), roads and electrification for each selected district-commodity combination. They sought to identify the most promising areas for investment in a particular commodity in five selected districts of Soroti, Serere, Kabale, Lira, and Masaka.
The study provides final ranking of the eight priority investment areas in the agricultural sector and proposes nine actionable recommendations on commodity/sector specific investments in the five prioritized districts. However, improved seeds/breeds, extension services and fertilizers were identified as the most critical.
Policy makers are required to make strategic decisions for prioritized sub sectoral investments. The report is therefore, a guiding tool towards achieving the best investment outcomes.