The Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services (ATAAS) is a government of Uganda five year project (effective December 2011) being implemented by the Ministry of Agricultural Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) through NARO and NAADS to support the National Development Plan (NDP) – Uganda's strategic development framework for economic development. Raising agricultural incomes is the centerpiece of the Prosperity for All Program, the vision driving the NDP which reorients Uganda from poverty reduction to structural transformation. NARO is the National Agricultural Research Organisation coordinating all agricultural research activities in Uganda
MAAIF designed the Development Strategy and Investment Plan (DSIP) in order to contribute to the implementation of the NDP by focusing on; (i) enhancing agricultural production and productivity; (ii) improving access to and sustainability of markets; (iii) creating an enabling environment for the agricultural sector and (iv) undertaking institutional reforms and development in the agricultural sector.
Agricultural research and advisory services are identified as two of the core mandates of MAAIF which together accounts for almost 55 percent of the projected medium-term expenditures for the sector as outlined in the DSIP. In order that the DSIP is implemented successfully, MAAIF needed to strengthen the linkages between all the various value chain actors through the ATAAS.
ATAAS seeks to address the weak linkage between the different actors involved in agricultural research and development in Uganda, and in particular between researches (NARO) and advisory services (NAADS) as well as the hitherto limited focus of agricultural advisory services. Thus, ATAAS works to strengthens and scale up technology service delivery, and promote integration of smallholders in value chains. It focus on three priority areas for investment: (i) deepening institutional development for NARO and NAADS and fostering better linkages between the two; (ii) productivity growth through better service delivery; and (iii) targeted support for more rapid agricultural commercialization.