The mission for FOSAA is in pursuit of the following principles:
Commitment: transparently FOSAA is committed to inspire pro-social agricultural management, strong interpersonal skills, and to instill a great sense of hope in the future of the agricultural sector with strong emphasis on mindset change;
Responsibility: The focus of FOSAA is to empower farmers in establishing goals and managing decisions that enhance their welfare;
Diversification: FOSAA wants to expand the perspectives of farmers to make them aware of farming possibilities; and
Support: An individual is dramatically influenced by their support system. FOSAA wants to surround farmers with a sustainable mentoring learning environment.
Forum for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa currently runs an incubation centre in Nakasongola District of Uganda. FOSAA’s intervention value chains are apiary, mushroom, maize and rice. FOSAA recently gained legal registration with the Non-Governmental Organisations Board Secretariat (S. 5914/ 9657); and has developed a five year Operational Plan (2013-2018) which will facilitate expansion of programmes to cover Kampala, Kamuli and Kabbale Districts of Uganda; in the third year of operation, an operational planning for expansion to the entire East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo) based on lessons learned will be conducted. FOSAA has five strategic objectives:
FOSAA has designed three main programmes to help foster achievement of the above goals in line with the Millennium Development goal one (Erradicating extreme poverty and hunger) and seven (ensuring environmental sustainability):
Agribusiness Incubation and Mentorship:This is the core programme were at-risk farmers are matched with trained mentors through a structured programme of support and agribusiness innovation/technology incubation using the Farmer Field School Methodology/ and or Participatory/Experiential (vertical and horizontal) learning/ doing. Innovations/technologies for incubation include: improved seed, improved storage or shelflife enhancement facilities, modern hives and harvesting technologies, soil fertility management packages and value addition facilities. Farmers and their mentors participate in farm visits (for inspiration and mindset change) followed by a two weeks structured programme that covers: farm enterprise selection, resource mobilisation and utilisation, market assessment and business negotiation skills, record keeping and financial management, risk assessment and management, value addition, carbon footprinting and team building. The programme ends with a graduation (issuing of start-up grants) but the incubatee and the incubator remain in close contact for the next five years (of implementation) but the backstopping service is perpetual.
Leveraging Internship opportunities: This targets especially undergraduates (and MSc students); and those planning to join agricultural colleagues and universities. The aim is give an opportunity to young graduates to try out their skills and knowledge practically at internationally reorganised agricultural/ development agencies.
Water for Production Development Fund: Aimed at reducing heavy reliance on rains through construction of water for production points and irrigation schemes. This will ensure constant production.