UCC in a bid to Enhance ICT Adoption, Service Delivery and Content for Small Holder Farmers in Uganda

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • May 13, 2024

In collaboration with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) under the auspices of the Uganda Communications Universal Service Access Fund (UCUSAF), Eight Tech Consults Limited undertook a transformative initiative aimed at narrowing the digital divide and empowering farmers across Uganda with digital skills, fostering enhanced agricultural practices and sustainable livelihoods in the numerous districts of Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kirihura, Napak, Namisindwa, Sironko, Palisa, Mbale, Moroto,Amudat, Manafwa, Sironko, Karenga, Kabong, Kotido, Budaka, Nakapiripirit, Kibuku, Ibanda, Nabilatuk Karamoja, Bududa and Budaka in the months of April and May 2024.

Despite the challenge of limited formal education, the initiative witnessed remarkable enthusiasm among older members of these communities, with almost over 55% of participants in the different districts being 30 years and above. The training involved a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from basic familiarity with digital devices to advanced utilization of software applications, participants were empowered with the requisite skills to navigate online platforms effectively, including social media marketing, content creation, online safety and data backup protocols enabling farmers to optimize their agricultural endeavors through digital tools and resources.

One of the core objectives of this training is to facilitate access to E-government services, thereby streamlining administrative processes and enhancing overall efficiency of their practices. Participants were educated on various e-government services, including Tax Identification Number (TIN) registration, National Social Security Fund (NSSF) enrollment, and online bill payments. By demystifying digital processes and instilling confidence in utilizing e-services, the initiative empowers rural communities to harness technology for their socioeconomic advancement.

Beyond the immediate impact on individual participants, the training holds profound implications for the broader community and the nation at large. By fostering digital inclusion and capacity building at the grassroots level, the program contributes to the realization of a more equitable and prosperous society. Moreover, by promoting the adoption of technology in agriculture, the initiative aligns with broader national objectives of sustainable development and environmental stewardship. By bridging the digital gap and empowering rural communities with the tools and knowledge to leverage technology effectively, the initiative lays the foundation for a better, greener future for Uganda.