Mr. Hans Muzoora is an experienced public-private partnership specialist and agricultural market systems strengthening professional with several years of international experience. Currently he works with private sector and relevant institutions to improve storage, inputs and service markets, information and coordination mechanisms and policy and regulation with the aim to get more people trading in Agricultural Markets. Using innovative solutions, he has helped empower farmers, including youth and women, in Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Swaziland) and Yemen, and has also worked in Europe and the U.S. His proven track record of successfully engaging the private sector in agriculture value chains has improved productivity and production, and created jobs in the cotton, coffee, beans and maize sectors. In addition to a proven track record of obtaining results through private-sector initiatives, he has demonstrated his technical and analytical skills through numerous value chain analyses and baseline studies of commodities and rural farming. In his previous position as an agriculture and rural development consultant for Agridev Solutions, Inc., he conducted a value chain and market analysis and designed a program to develop the job skills of rural Yemeni youth and adults, and designed a youth livelihoods program in Uganda that used Youth Farmer Field Schools to increase the incomes of over 1,500 youths. In addition to forming producer groups to leverage financing and markets, he has worked with and promoted public and private professional agriculture organizations. His work on the Cargill Zambia Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) and Cotton Made in Africa (CMIA) programs (2012-2013) addressed challenges facing small-scale cotton farmers through participatory extension and advisory services offered through a public-private partnership and developed Productivity-based Protocols for sub-Grantee Self-Assessment of the Impact of COMPACI Extension and Farmer Training. He also participated in the preparation of the Uganda Warehouse Receipt Bill that was later legislated into an Act of Parliament under the ICAC/CFC project. As a Manager at the Cotton Development Organization in Uganda, he worked as a Cotton Sector Specialist for two USAID funded initiatives. A recognized expert in agricultural commodity-based trade and rural livelihoods, Muzoora has authored or co-authored articles such as Coffee and Cotton Market Development and Trade Promotion in Eastern and Southern Africa. His Master’s thesis, Improving the Livelihoods of Rural Small Scale Farmers through Innovative, Participatory and Demand Led Extension and Advisory Services has attracted a lot of interest worldwide and has been recently published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing and is available in leading bookshops globally.
farming / crops
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