[Uganda] Sow the seeds of success! Networking Session held in Uganda for Japanese companies in the field of agricultural business and JICA Long-term and Short-term Training Program ex-participants.

JICA Uganda organized an agricultural business study tour, which was attended by four Japanese companies who visited Uganda. As part of the tour, a networking session was held on December 7, 2023, in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, between Japanese companies and five JICA long-term and short-term training ex-participants in the agricultural sector from Uganda. This was the second networking session between Japanese companies and JICA training ex-participants, and there was a heated discussion about the potential of Japanese companies’ agricultural business in Uganda 1.


Group photo

In the presentations by each ex-participant of the JICA training, some of the Japanese agricultural technologies and insights that seem applicable to Uganda were highlighted; such as the introduction of digital technologies and small-scale agricultural machinery, the establishment of agricultural cooperatives to strengthen the connections among farmers, and the enhancement of the market distribution system for agricultural products. In addition, as advice to Japanese companies considering expanding their business to Uganda, the ex-participants emphasized the importance of finding local business partners to overcome the barriers of language and customs, conducting thorough preliminary research to understand the market, and participating in technology exhibitions. In response to the ex-participant’s advice, Japanese companies asked many questions regarding the current state of irrigated agriculture in Uganda, needs for agricultural machinery, and conducting market research so as to deeply understand the needs and issues in the field. The ex-participants also suggested how they can assist Japanese companies in expanding their business, and the building of relationships that will lead to support for the future business development of Japanese companies was underlined.


Presentation by ABE ex-participants (left) and Agri-Net ex-participants(right)


Questions asked by Japanese companies to ex-participants

The event was followed by presentations from four Japanese companies which shared their business overviews and ideas for business prospects in Uganda. For the Japanese companies, the session was a valuable opportunity to learn the current situation, challenges of agriculture, and the business environment in Uganda, by receiving advice from the ex-participants on how to link their business prospects with the local needs. It was also a precious occasion for them to find navigators, who are essential for business development in Uganda, through exchanging business cards with the ex-participants. On the other hand, it was a fascinating chance for the ex-participants to practice their role as “bridges” for connecting Japan and Uganda as well as to share what they learned to society.


Business introduction by Japanese companies

At the end of the program, there were lively exchanges of ideas on the development of agricultural business in Uganda and the potential for Japanese companies to expand their business in Uganda. The session created opportunities for attendees to deepen relationships each other.


Greeting by Mr. Inoue, JICA Uganda Office Director

JICA contributes to fostering more human resources who can bridge Africa and Japan through continuous support for the ex-participants of JICA long-term and short-term training programs, especially the ABE Initiative, and enhancing their network and collaboration with Japanese companies.

Overview of the event

Name of the event: Networking session between Japanese companies and JICA long-term and short-term training ex-participants in the field of agricultural business
Date: December 7, 2023
Organizer: JICA Uganda Office
Venue: Fairway Hotel, Kampala, Republic of Uganda


JICA training ex-participants

Mr. AYELLA Paul (ABE 3rd batch): Presentation online
Ms. NAKIYAGA Solome (Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP) FY2022 on “Development of Core Agricultural Researchers for Promotion of Rice Cultivation in Sub-Saharan Africa”)
Mr. SSENYONGA Peter Balyejusa (Agri-Net FY2019)
Ms. TUMWEBAZE Maria Agnes (ABE 4th batch)
Mr. SSEMWOGERERE Jonah (KCCP FY2021 on “Rainfed Rice Cultivation, Seed Production and Variety Selection Techniques”)

Japanese companies

Mr. Takashi Nishimura (SANKO INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.)
Mr. Mikio Oyama (MOL Shipping (Kenya) Ltd.)
Mr. Yoshimitsu Tsukada (NPO Future Bearers Support Organization/ MIRAITE)
Mr. Daisuke Noritomi (Ebara Pumps East Africa)

Program outline

  • Welcome remarks JICA Uganda Office
  • Self-introduction by all participants
  • Presentation and Q&A by ABE, Agri-Net, and KCCP ex-participants
  • Presentation by Japanese companies
  • Closing remarks Mr. Yoichi Inoue, JICA Uganda Office Chief Representative
  • Networking dinner

Background and purpose

JICA implements long-term training programs for the development of industrial human resources, administrative officials, young researchers, etc., and short-term training programs for the development of government human resources that contribute to solving the problems faced by developing countries. This networking session was held in a bid to build a network between the ex-participants of ABE Initiative, Agri-Net, and KCCP in the field of agriculture and Japanese companies visiting Uganda.

Target programs

  • African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative):
    A program that provides young Africans with opportunities to obtain master's degrees at Japanese universities and be engaged with internship programs at Japanese companies or other institutes, with the aim of developing African industrial human resources as "navigator" who will support Japanese companies' businesses in Africa.
  • Agricultural Studies Network for Food Security (Agri-Net):
    A program that aims to develop advanced human resources in the field of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in developing countries, by pursuing a master’s/doctoral degree at a Japanese university.
  • Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP):
    A training program that contributes to solving various problems faced by developing countries through sharing Japan’s technology, knowledge, and experience. The ex-participants who participated in this networking event had studied “Development of Core Agricultural Researchers for Promotion of Rice Cultivation in Sub-Saharan Africa” and “Rainfed Rice Cultivation, Seed Production and Variety Selection Techniques”.

*Year 2023 is the 10th anniversary of the ABE Initiative.