CURAD – The consortium for enhancing University responsiveness to agribusiness development is a leading agribusiness incubator in the country. It’s a public-private partnership initiative promoted by Makerere University, The National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm enterprises (NUCAFE), National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). CURAD is one of the six agri-business incubators in Africa started and supported by the African Union through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa under the UniBRAIN facility with funding from the Danish foreign affairs office-DANIDA international.
Since 2014, CURAD has supported over 150 mainly youth led SME’s creating over 2200 jobs with its annual innovation challenge a key feature of its agribusiness innovation recruitment drive for deserving youths and innovators. CURAD offers lexapro generic xanax budding entrepreneurs a wide range of business development services including but not limited to; Business idea analysis and diagnostics, mentorship, food product development and certification support services, climate smart agriculture innovations e.g Improved pastures, specialized trainings, market access and networking activities among others.
Specifically CURAD also offers entrepreneurs in the coffee, fruit/beverage value chain common user facilities and equipment access at Kabanyolo and Kapeeka to support production CURAD well equipped coffee value addition and a fruit processing facilities help budding entrepreneurs to start commercial production and trade. CURAD also empowers farmers and students entrepreneurs through incubation services like trainings, market linkages, Business Development, work station provisions which ensure development of the ventures they are dealing in.
CURAD has three incubation centers where incubatees can access facilities for production, processing and marketing of products and services. these include;
- CURAD’s Rural Agribusiness Incubation Hub-(RAH) at Namukeekera Industrial Park, Kapeeka. The hub is for juice, water and other beverage production and processing.
- Coffee Entrepreneurship Bureau of Uganda (CEBU). For coffee value addition for both local and foreign export
- CURAD Agri-park at Namanve Industrial Park: Fruits and Vegetable processing for export