Food security in East and Central Africa remains significant challenge, with countries such as South Sudan and Somalia suffering from an ongoing elevated risk of famine. It is necessary for Uganda to not only strengthen its own food security on the back of more regular droughts and climate change, but also increase its role as a net exporter of maize to its more food-insecure neighbours. Cassava provides a new non-traditional cash crop, previously viewed as a food crop. Intermediation to strengthen key food value chains such as maize and cassava is a key priority for Uganda, and cassava is of particular importance to Northern Uganda as a traditional food crop.
AgDevCo is providing $300,000 in working capital to increase Talian’s purchasing of smallholder produce and $150,000 in capital expenditure to increase Talian’s processing capacity. The objective of the investment is to increase Talian’s capacity and scale up its operations by over six times over the next five years. In turn, Talian would be correspondingly scaling up it's purchasing from smallholder farmers, increasing and securing their incomes.
In addition, AgDevCo is providing technical assistance to improve Talian’s environmental and social management systems, and to strengthen its financing and accounting systems to ready the business to benefit from commercial financing in the future.