In the next decade, Dr Dick Kamuganga’s passion and determination at the Uganda National Farmers Federation is to transform the smallholder farmer into a self-sufficient economic entity, capable of running his/her farm enterprise as a profitable business that can integrate into the national, regional and international global market’s agricultural value chains.
He believes that the subsistence proportion of about 70 percent of Ugandan farmers can be reduced to a single digit percentage or eliminated in the country.
The UNFFE President stresses that the “Transformation Agenda” aims at ensuring that every household member of the Uganda National Farmers Federation will be empowered to participate in a farming occupation that creates household wealth. This project will ultimately turn smallholder farm households into vehicles of economic transformation in Uganda and act as an example for economic transformation in Africa.
Dr Kamuganga holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Agricultural Development and International Economics from the Geneva Graduate Institute and an Msc. in Agriculture Economics and Bsc. in Agriculture Economics from Makerere University Kampala.
Previously, he was recognised as having the best research paper at the 2012 African Economic Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The paper was one of three that he wrote to earn his PhD in International Economics.
The paper exemplified the “impact of regional integration on Africa’s export survival in the international market”, according to NewVision.