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Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Entrepreneurship, Field Work, Research|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
Agro-Tourism Association (ATA)
About: Agro-Tourism Association is an Agriculture and Tourism development company that offers a wide range of services in Agribusiness Value Chain such as Value Chain Analysis and Development; Agricultural marketing, Agronomic principles and practices, Agribusiness Research, Agri-Business Development Services such as financial inclusion, Business plan development, Value addition and processing, Farmer Institutional Development (FID), Higher Level Farmer Level Organization (HLFO). All its services are designed to enhance capacity farmers to engage in farming as a profitable business. Started in 2010, the company has distinguished itself in the provision of practical agribusiness entrepreneurship; has been able to build the capacity of over 90,000 farmers both in and outside Uganda especially the youth and women in Farming as a Business (FaaB).
The organization focuses on 5 thematic area;
- Agro-Tourism Development
- Farming as a Business (FaaB)
- Agribusiness Incubation (AI)
- Agribusiness Demonstration (AD)
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
Agro-Tourism Development. Tourism is the basis of economic and cultural development. It was after the mid twenties’ that started to grow progressively, becoming one of the major sectors in the world economy. Currently, tourism does not only include game parks, historical sites, lakes and rivers, but also farming activities, agro-processing centers, agricultural areas, agricultural occupations, local products, traditional food and the daily life of the rural people, as well as the cultural elements and traditions - referred to as Agro-Tourism. It’s a hybrid concept that merges elements of two complex industries - Agriculture and Tourism, to open up new profitable markets for farm products and services and provide travel experiences. Mathematically, AGRO-TOURISM = AGRICULTURE + TOURISM
The potential benefits of Agro-Tourism for development are varied; first, it provides on-site family employment, generates diversification opportunities for family farms to increase revenues and enhance the viability of their farming operations. Secondly, it’s an excellent tool to educate the public about the importance of family farming and its contribution to the economy. Thirdly, it enhances demand for farm products, fosters agricultural marketing and creates value-added and direct-marketing opportunities.
Currently, Agro-Tourism Association is mapping out potential Agro-Tourism sites in the whole country that have huge potential for Agro-Tourism. The mapping exercise is focusing on small and large scale farmers irrespective of the value chain including coffee, tea, fruits, value addition/processing, plantains, livestock, and agricultural markets.
Interns will be responsible for developing and packaging of agro-tourism products, Agro-Tourism sites mapping, agro-tourism product marketing and promotion, development of new itineraries for agro-tourists, development of linkages programs with other tourism players, presentation of research and business papers on Agro-Tourism, and training of staff about agro-tourism value chain. Development of promotional, communicational and marketing materials such as websites, social medial platforms, among others.
Business Incubation. Due to increased unemployment and with the highest youth population in the world, these coupled with the other facts that affect entrepreneurship such as production space, Business development services (such as marketing, record keeping, financial management, etc), limited knowledge on business plan development, proposal writing, product development or formulation, etc. Agro-Tourism Association Interns will be mandated to work hand in hand with different incubates to ensure that they have great business plans and are able to have their business ideas developed to big companies. Currently our business incubates include; (medicinal juice extraction from mondia white, leather manufacturing, wine production, maggot farming, vermiculture, health products manufacturing, poultry value chain, piggery value chain and Apiculture value chain. Interns will be charged with developing business development services for and with the incubates such as business plans, marketing strategies, promotion, among others.
Practical Trainings & demonstrations in Farming as a Business. We work with over 8,000 farmers across Uganda engaged in sorghum, maize, rice, cassava, horticultural and cereals. Intern students will therefore be mandated to train farmers, staff and our partners in various business aspects, mobilize them, developing their marketing linkages/ tools and helping them develop business plans for their enterprises, increase productivity, and generally increase incomes from their farm enterprises. The aspects of conservation agriculture, environmental conservation, climate change and mitigation measures are always integrated.
Beekeeping for improved incomes of smallholder farmers in Teso Region. In partnership with Teso Farmers Agribusiness Centre Limited and The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization (TUNADO), we are implementing a project in Eastern Uganda were we work with 500 beekeepers. We provide them beekeeping tools/equipment, train them in the principles and practices of beekeeping as a business, and then build their capacity in honey processing and value addition and finally marketing. Interns in this case will be required to train beekeepers along various activities aiming at enabling farmers increase production and production of honey and increasing incomes from their beekeeping enterprise.
Academic Background/Interests: Environment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Biology, Agriculture, Tourism, Ecology, Chemistry, African studies, Gender/sexuality studies, Politics, Science, History, Computer science, Culture, Religious studies, and related interests
Technical Skills: Any
Additional Requirements: IIP students must be ready and willing to work as a team
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