Impact Assessment

A case study of multi-stakeholder platforms in the Ugandan oilseed value chain, SCAPEMA, 2008

    This case study, written by Duncan Mweisge of SNV Uganda, offers a brief overview of SCAPEMA's multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs), designed to improve the competitiveness of the Ugandan sunflower value chain by bringing together market actors to tackle issues affecting the sector as a whole. These issues include inadequate access to high-yield seed, lack of market information, a poor input supply system, unequal relations in the market, weak producer groups and insufficient access to finance. At the start of the project, a lack of trust among market actors prevented collective action to overcome these problems. SCAPEMA's sector-wide multi-stakeholder platforms aim to change this.

    Summary of results
    SCAPEMA's multi-stakeholder platforms are shown to have generated meaningful dialogue which has led to new and productive linkages in the sunflower sector. One MSP meeting led to the involvement of an additional input supplier in the marketing of high-yield seeds, which has increased their uptake by 50%. According to the report, this increased access to seed will raise production across the sunflower value chain by 30%.

    Additionally, increased competition in the supply of inputs following an MSP meeting has served to improve the profit margin of small-scale sunflower growers. Input suppliers often contractually bind the sunflower producer into selling his or her produce back to them. Whereas previously, highly restricted competition had allowed the input supplier to retain much of the value from this transaction, farmers can now choose between three suppliers on the basis of who offers the best price. The report states that as a result, the price farmers receive has risen by 33%.

    According to the report, farmers have benefited from changes in the processing industry, resulting in part from the multi-stakeholder platforms. At an MSP event, a major processor resolved to start paying in cash and at the prevailing market price for the sunflower product it receives. This should increase financial security among farmers and serve to stimulate production.