Interviews with the Youth in Bugiri District
EXPLORING MOBILE-ENABLED TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE AGRIBUSINESS FOR UGANDAN YOUTH
ICT ACTION RESEARCH
Based on past studies of WEI/Bantwana, an action study was commissioned by WEI/Bantwana contracting FIT Insights Ltd (FIT) to explore how mobile-enabled services could improve productivity in agribusiness for AYEDI youth. The study took place between March and July 2018 and was designed to test the value of FIT’s mobile-enabled agribusiness service delivery model (Infotrade) for improving youths’ access to agribusiness opportunities in two rural districts (Bugiri District in eastern Uganda and Gulu District in northern Uganda). The study design was also informed by program findings, which highlighted the importance of caregiver engagement and group-based support and mentorship for youths’ business success. The study included caregivers and Business Support Groups. The study explored three main questions:
1. Can Intotrade’s mobile-enabled agribusiness service package strengthen youth’s agribusiness opportunities?
2. What role can mobile-enabled technologies play in promoting financial inclusion?
3. Are Business Support Groups an effective model for youth mentorship and ongoing support in agribusiness?