Uganda—Developing Market-Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meat Industry

Client: European Union

Duration: 2017-2021

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Uganda

Solutions: Economic Growth

This programme contributes to a competitive, profitable, job-intensive, gender-responsive, and environmentally sustainable agricultural sector in Uganda. Our team uses a value chain approach in targeted areas to boost the overall performance—such as production volume, quality, value addition, increased employment, and environmental sustainability—of the meat sector.

We bring together public and private players with smallholder farmers and beef-related agriculture firms to promote an environmentally sustainable, climate-resilient, low-emission, local, and regional meat industry.

The project helps create producer groups—including women groups—that raise standards of beef production: promoting animal disease control and prevention, offering training on climate-smart pasture and manure management, promoting integrated water management, and encouraging supplementary feeding and efficient breeding methods (practices that can reduce greenhouse gas production).

The project also improves marketing and transportation to stimulate demand for safer meat processing and animal welfare practices. The project is assessing options for improving local slaughter facilities and partnering with urban women’s groups to generate income from cooked beef products.

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Sample Activities

  • Review and update all policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks, including standards, guidelines, and best practices along the beef value chain, with a particular focus on including women and mitigating environmental impact.
  • Help formulate producer groups that can work closely to raise standards of beef production that is environmentally sustainable.
  • Improve marketing and transportation of beef.

Select Results

  • Delivered six Regulatory Impact Assessments with suggested actions and amendments in national regulations on animal feeds, veterinary practitioners, meat sector development, livestock identification and traceability, animal breeding, and animal disease control.
  • Took an active part in the review of the Agricultural Sector Support Plan and the development of a sectorial plan for the beef industry in Uganda.
  • Benchmarking trip to Botswana conducted with government representatives and participants from the beef industry in Uganda to learn about sustainable business planning, vet services, vaccine production, and commercial farm operations provided by local meat commission and community livestock holdings.
  • Provided technical assistance for the evaluation of bidders of the Sanga slaughterhouse in Uganda. The new facility is compatible with sustainable farming standards.
  • Service contract for the development of a Residual Monitoring Plan for beef, goat, and sheep meat completed and presented at a stakeholder workshop with beneficiaries from the Ugandan Government.
  • Provided technical support in developing environmentally sustainable criteria and specifications for the purchase of bulls in Kenya for breeding purposes.
  • Participated in an EU beach clean-up event at the Masese Landing Site in Jinja, Uganda.


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