Bushenyi Youth Development Forum (BUYODEF), a non-governmental organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Dronten from the Netherlands to pave way for a common line of action in areas of research, education, innovation, knowledge transfer and training.
BUYODEF is a youth project located in Bushenyi district with a membership of over 682 youth striving to address unemployment and under employment by helping the youths acquire relevant skills which will enable them employ themselves sustainably, whereas Aeres University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest agricultural universities in the Netherlands with study programs in various agricultural disciplines including dairy farming, poultry, piggery, agricultural engineering, horticulture, food safety, etc
Signed on Friday, 09th August, 2019 at Crane Resort Hotel in Ishaka town, Bushenyi district, the partnership between BUYODEF and Aeres University will see both parties cooperate in furthering each other’s objectives and agendas by seeking collaboration in developing sustainable systems and business models, to make available the Dutch agricultural knowledge, learning, and training methodologies and materials to the Agricultural Sector in Uganda and East Africa at large, each on their own terms and conditions, mandates, and areas of expertise.
At the signing of the partnership agreement, BUYODEF was represented by its coordinator, Mr Edmund Bashaasha Akankwatsa while Aeres University was represented by Mr Petrus Simon Tesselaar, a senior lecturer, who signed on behalf of Natasja Spaargaren, the head of International Studies and Consultancy.
The partnership will allow the two parties explore how the products and services provided by them can create synergy and complementarity in developing sound and value business propositions for current and future mutual clients.
The cooperation will also focus on the ongoing NUFFIC activities in Uganda. Options for future cooperation will be explored.
The agreement will run up to 31st December 2020, and at the end of this period, the parties shall evaluate the progress of the partnership and decide to renew it for another specified period.
Mr. Bashaasha, the BUYODEF coordinator says the partnership will mainly help BUYODEF members and the entire community to acquire new and modern skills and technology in agriculture production and chain management.
“Our members and the entire community should get set to benefit in this partnership because we are going to have farmers acquire new technology and skills which they will use in commercial farming practices since these people are coming with what we have not had before,” he says
BUYODEF has set up a demonstration farm project with 25 dairy cows, 102 pigs, 40 goats, and half an acre of banana, all used for training and demonstration purposes. Through the Government of Uganda program of Wealth creation, BUYODEF has been able to train more than 362 youths in Bushenyi district. These youth have been supported with inputs that include in-calf heifers, goats, and chicks.