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Deal #7682

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Masindi, Uganda

Target country
Uganda
Comment on location
Currently JI manages a network of 60 Joseph Centers, with 40 around Masindi and a further 20 in Mubende.

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Mubende, Uganda

Target country
Uganda
Comment on location
Currently JI manages a network of 60 Joseph Centers, with 40 around Masindi and a further 20 in Mubende.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops
Comment on intention of investment
Through JI, Agilis aggregates grains and oilseeds from Asili Farms and smallholder farmers. JI supplies food manufacturers, aid markets and protein producers.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Pure contract farming
Comment on nature of the deal
JI plans to use its established village collection centre network to provide extended services for smallholders such as the provision of fertilizer, pesticides and improved hybrid seed material coupled with seasonal loans extended by local Financial Institutions who show interest to expand into agricultural lending. (JI) takes an integrated approach to trading, combining rural collection centres with village buying agents to collect maize in small quantities from remote farmers and making payments to them on the spot

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2013] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
JI launched operations during the January 2013 harvest season.

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
Comment on contract farming
In 2016, 13,000 smallholder farmers delivered maize to the companies village outlets for bulking and processing. In 2018, Joseph Initiative with Asili Farms, trained more than 3,500 farmers. These farmers were subsequently integrated into the 15,000 farmers’ supply network.

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
720
Planned employees (total)
720
Comment on jobs created (total)
By the end of 2015, JI expects to be employing 720 people.

Operating company

Name of investment project
Josephs centres
Comment on investment chain
Agilis successfully completed the acquisition of the Joseph Initiative by buying the stakes of multiple minority shareholders including Dutch Oak Tree Foundation’s (DOTF) shares. DOB Equity acted for and on behalf of DOTF.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
The Joseph Initiative and Agricultural Transformation

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Kiryandongo Farmers Want Government To Implement Practical Agriculture In Schools
Date
2019-09-27

Data source #3

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
company website

Data source #5

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
Tertiary investor (CFC) website

Data source #6

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
open corporates

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
1500 FAMILIES CANNOT FIND RESETTLEMENT AFTER LOSING LAND TO AGRIBUSINESS COMPANY
Date
2018-12-18

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Brothers build multi-million mixed farm in Masindi
Date
2019-08-11

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Agilis Partners acquires majority stake in Uganda grain giants The Joseph Initiative
Date
2020-02-02

Data source #10

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
MASINDI COURT DECLINES TO HALT A FORCEFUL AND VIOLENT EVICTION OF 2300 FAMILIES OFF THEIR LAND
Date
2019-04-05

Data source #11

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
UK’S DFID FUNDED COMPANY INVOLVED IN FORCED LAND EVICTION IN KIRYANDONGO DISTRICT
Date
2018-03-22

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The land in particular being targeted is located on ranch 20 and 21 respectively with majority lawful occupants being smallholder farmers involved in substance agriculture

Recognitions status of community land tenure

Comment on recognitions status of community land tenure
This land is part of the former government ranches in Bunyoro sub region that was given to the landless Communities in Nyamalebe Landless by government between 2000- 2002.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
Agilis has never consulted the bonafide occupants on the investment, no valuation of properties, no agreed rates for compensation and there’s no agreement from them to give their land to this food company. According to Kabera James, the chairperson of Nyamalebe Landless Association, a rally was held at Kanoni in November, 2017 where the police and Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) announced that the land had been given to Joseph Initiatives. They were threatened with arrests and detention should they ‘sabotage’ the development.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
This land is part of the former government ranches in Bunyoro sub region that was given to the landless Communities in Nyamalebe Landless by government between 2000- 2002.

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes
Number of households actually displaced
2300
Comment on displacement of people
forcefully evicting over 2300 families.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Socio-economic
Eviction
Displacement
Violence
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
The native communities accused Agilis Partners for scheming with Uganda Police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to forcefully grab their land for agribusiness. They also accused workers of Agilis Partners Limited burnt down their houses, razed down dozens of schools and hospitals, cut down people’s crops, illegally detained outspoken community leaders, used excessive force and live ammunition to grab their land.

Promised or received compensation

Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
The company and its agents used to do was to invade people’s home, put them on gunpoint and force you to sign for as low as Uganda Shillings 200,000 equivalent to US$ 54 as compensation for your five (5) acres of land and give 3 days to leave.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Capacity Building
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
his project, it wants to empower 50,000 farmers from neighbouring communities with modern farming skills. The same company pledged Shs. 1 billion equivalent to about USD 250,000 earmarked as community development budget for extension services, training centres, schools, hospitals and infrastructure development among others.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Materialized benefits for local communities
Capacity Building
Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
In 2018, Joseph Initiative with Asili Farms, trained more than 3,500 farmers were trained on sustainable and climate-smart cropping techniques.

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
LAND INQUIRY COMMISSION OPENS INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE EVICTION OF NATIVES FROM FORMER GOVERNMENT RANCHES IN BUNYORO SUB-REGION.

Detailed contract farming crop and animal information

Contract farming crops
Corn (Maize)

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Has export
Yes

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
JI is based around procuring, processing and marketing high quality maize for regional market.
Processing facilities / production infrastructure of the project (e.g. oil mill, ethanol distillery, biomass power plant etc.)
Joseph Initiative processing and storage facility. All of the aggregated maize procured from smallholders in the Joseph Centres gets transported to the JI processing facility

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