Project Management

As non-state actor in East and Central Africa, Excel Hort Consult has successfully managed donor funded programs and business initiatives supported by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), USAID, Forum for Agricultural Research  (FARA), European Union (EU), Help a Child-Netherlands, Wood en Daad - Netherlands, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), Gorta - Ireland, Self  Help  Africa, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) as well as government grants as detailed below;

#Assignment name/& brief description of main deliverables/outputsName of Client / Donor
1.         Supporting Agri Business Growth and Development through Farmer Business Schools, enhanced Marketing Systems and Financial Access in Kabale and Bugiri Districts (2017 to date)

Strengthened knowledge and capacities amongst the established Farmer Business School members.

Improved marketing systems for rice, pineapples and mushrooms

Improved access to financial services for the value chain actors

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO)
2.         Coordinating the establishment of Farmer Field Schools in Kabale, Rubanda and Kisoro districts) (2016– to date)

The goal of the project is to improve the livelihoods of small producers in the roots and tubers sector through the promotion of linkages to domestic and regional markets. The project uses Farmer Field School approach and inclusive business models to implement both production and marketing activities.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO)
3.         Micro Power Economy, Tanzania roll out Consortium– Mwanza Tanzania. (since 2014 to date)

EHCAI activities are focusing primarily on supporting the generation of long-term economic activities at the local level that will trigger local growth and in turn enhance energy supported activities leading to food security, increased production, wealth creation and facilitating access to energy among communities in Tanzania.

Jumeme Rural Power supply / European Union
4.         Agricultural value chain development project in the eastern province of Bugesera Rwanda (2014 – 2016)

This project that has been implemented in the three cells of Gashora, Rilima and Julu targeted to achieve; (i) Increased Chili productivity and quality, (ii) Improved access to sustainable and fair Chili markets and incomes  (iii) Farmer institution are in place to advocate and coordinate linkages, access to knowledge and information by equipping the youth with skills in chilli production, processing, marketing, in order to increase fair employment, income and facilitating linkages with service providers;   input suppliers, financial services

(iv) Integration of ICT in agriculture and development of digital learning materials for farmers

Help a Child (HaC) – Netherlands,
5.         Agribusiness Value Chain Development for Improved Livelihoods and Income Security in Kolir Sub County, Bukedea District, Uganda (July.2012– Dec.2015)

Its main objective was establishment of commercial farmer and producer groups based on value chain assessment and build their capacity to improve the quantity, quality and cost of their produce for market.

Help a Child (HaC) – Netherlands,
6.         Enhancing sustainable productivity and utilization of irish potato in Kigezi Highlands, S. Western Uganda (2012 – 2016)

Project Key Result Areas

·         Production and productivity

·         Market Development and Linkages

·         Value addition

·         Institutional development and strengthening

Gorta / Self Help Africa
7.         Improvement of Food Security in Cross Boarder Districts of Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda (2009 – 2012)

The objective of the project was to increase incomes and living standards of small rural households in the cross boarder districts of Burundi, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda through more profitable agricultural production systems, increased market access and value added activities.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO)
8.         Banana value chain development (UniBRAIN) – AfriBanana Products Incubator consortium (2012 – 2016)

The objective was to upscale innovations and to improve entrepreneurial skills in banana value chain development technologies among universities, business and agricultural research institutions.

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa / DANIDA
9.         Agribusiness coaching consultancy in Kabale and Rubanda districts (Feb.2014 – Jan.2015)

These activities supported value chain development and promotion of market oriented production and agribusiness for the potato value chain as well as through promotion of policy and trade rules that are favourable for agro entrepreneurs and agribusiness coaching of farmer group clusters.

International Fertilizer Development center (IFDC) Catalist Uganda
10.      Scaling up integrated soil fertility management for improved livelihoods in Kabale & Mbale districts (ISFM) (Oct.2012 – Oct.2013)

Up scaling best bet ISFM and value addition technologies / innovations.

Developing business plans for key selected value chains

Establish and strengthen producer organisations and key value chain actors in value addition.

Establish market information access systems

Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)