Agro-Tourism Association (ATA)
Agro-Tourism Association is an Agriculture and Tourism development company that offers a wide range of services in the 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), and higher level farmer level organization (HLFO). All its services are designed to enhance capacity farmers to engage in farming as a profitable business and have another tourism product respectively thereby increasing their incomes. Started in 2010, the company has distinguished itself in the provision of practical agribusiness entrepreneurship and has been able to build the capacity of over 90,000 farmers both in and outside Uganda, particularly focused on youth and women in farming as a business (FaaB).
The organization focuses on 4 major areas:
- Agro-Tourism: Agro-Tourism Association promotes agribusiness enterprises as tourism attraction centers to increase the incomes of farmers and Uganda’s tourism products.
- Agribusiness Incubation: The organization is also engaged in incubation of businesses - especially for youth and women - so the businesses are able to grow into reputable and sustainable entities (with smartly set visions, missions, and objectives) and employ many people.
- Apprenticeship: The internship, also known as placement or apprenticeship, looks to ensure that institutions of learning are able to graduate students with hands-on skills who can create their own jobs and jobs for others. The organization also looks to ensure that youth without formal education can acquire skills and knowledge in a formal set up through the program called Farming as a Business (FaaB).
- Training & Research: Agro-Tourism Association is also engaged in building the capacity of various agribusiness players (including farmers, farmer organizations, etc.) in Agripreneurship to enable to increase their incomes by engaging in Farming as a Business (FaaB) and increase agricultural production and productivity. The organization has a very strong and experienced team of experts who work together to conduct research (including evaluation, monitoring, baseline studies, impact assessment, etc.) in the sectors of agribusiness, enterprise development, tourism, etc. to ensure that clients (government, NGO’s, companies, individuals, etc) are able to make informed and well-thought-out decisions backed by evidence.
Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) is engaged in a number of projects across the country. All these projects will be ongoing for the next 5 years. The IIP intern will be involved in one of these projects, along with some other projects. They include the following:
1. Sorghum Contract Farming for East Africa Breweries Ltd
Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) has an ongoing contract to supply East Africa Breweries Ltd with sorghum grains for beverage production. In this project we are currently working with 2,700 smallholder farmers in Eastern Uganda in the districts of Serere, Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria. In this project ATA mobilized farmers, educates farmers about modern agricultural practices and aspects of group dynamics, and provides all the agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, chemicals and planting tools). Then the farmers plant and manage the crop until the harvesting period. ATA then buys all the produce from the farmers at a premium price and then supplies to East African Breweries
2. Simsim (Sesame) Contract Farming for Ag-Ploutos Company
Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) has an ongoing contract to supply Ag-Ploutos Company with simsim (sesame) grains for export market. In this project we are currently working with 3,200 smallholder farmers in Teso and Karamoja regions of Uganda in the districts of Serere, Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria, Abim, Moroto, Katakwi. In this project ATA mobilized farmers and educates them in the modern agricultural practices and aspects of group dynamics and then provides all the agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, chemicals and planting tools). Then the farmers plant and manage the crop until the harvesting period. ATA then buys all the produce from the farmers at a premium price and then supplies it to Ag-Ploutos Company who export to the USA, Europe and India.
3. Trainings and Research for selected Clients
ATA has distinguished itself in the provision of practical enterprise development trainings focusing on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) over the last 10 years. Up-to-date they have been able to build the capacity of over 100,000 farmers, most prominently youth and women while focusing on agriculture, enterprise development, youth empowerment, women empowerment and the environment, among other things. This training and research is also done with national, bilateral and multinational organizations across Africa.
4. Agro-Tourism Stakeholder Mapping, Marketing and Promotion
ATA is proud to promote agribusiness enterprises as tourism attractions in Africa. In doing so, the company has incremented farmers’ incomes but also boosted the tourist economy. In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, ATA is conducting a mapping exercise for Agro-Tourism players across the country that will go on for the next 2 years. They also market and promote this sector across the country.
Intern positions available:
1. Marketing executive
2. Training & research officer
3. Partnership officer
4. Agriculture officer
5. Tourism officer
6. Environmental officer
Strong communication, critical thinking skills and attention to detail required. Ability to collaborate, negotiate and project management skills preferred.
Interns should be interested in Environment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Biology, Agriculture, Tourism, Ecology, Chemistry, African studies, Politics, Science, History, Computer science, and related interests.
This internship may be offered in a remote capacity, if needed.