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1 Welcome to Generation AgriPreneur Summit & Expo Abhay AgarwalPresident, American Chamber of Commerce Uganda

2 Who is AmCham? Member based organization Mission to support US Business community doing business in Uganda – US Companies – US Individuals – Ugandans wanting to do business with America Promote new US Trade opportunities Lobby local policies for improved global market competitiveness See our AmCham table for membership details

3 Summit Takeaways What American farmers learned in 100+ years we want Uganda to implement in the next 25 years. We encourage Ugandan Agribusiness to speak as one voice for the Global Marketplace so it is easily recognized as “Made in Uganda” We want to inspire new US–Uganda trade partnerships

4 US Farming Facts 2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97 percent of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations. Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population. More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the total U.S. workforce) produce, process and sell the nation’s food and fiber. Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

5 US Farming Facts (Cont.) In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than they import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance. One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export. 31 percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports. About 23 percent of raw U.S. farm products are exported each year.

6 US Farming Facts ( cont.) Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents. U.S. farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total U.S. budget. Americans enjoy a food supply that abundant, affordable overall and among the world’s safest, thanks in large part to the efficiency and productivity of America’s farm and ranch families.

7 US Environmental Farm Protection Careful stewardship by farmers has spurred a nearly 50 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982. Conservation tillage, a way of farming that reduces erosion (soil loss) on cropland while using less energy, has grown from 17 percent of acreage in 1982 to 63 percent today. At the same time, total land used for crops declined by 15 percent (70 million acres). Farmers have enrolled a total of 31 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program to protect the environment and provide habitat for wildlife. Since its inception in 1985, the program has helped reduce soil erosion by 622 million tons and restored more than 2 million acres of wetlands.

8 US Environmental Farm Protection (cont.) Farmers, ranchers and other landowners have installed more than 2 million miles of conservation buffers under farm bill initiatives. Buffers improve soil, air and water quality; enhance wildlife habitat; and create scenic landscapes. Each year, hundreds of thousands of trees are planted on farmland. More than half of America’s farmers intentionally provide habitat for wildlife. Deer, moose, fowl and other species have shown significant population increases for decades. Through the farm bill, funding is provided to farmers and ranchers for conservation, for programs that prevent soil erosion, preserve and restore wetlands, clean the air and water, and enhance wildlife.

9 US Environmental Farm Protection (cont.) Crop rotation, the practice of growing different crops in succession on the same land, is another way farmers take care of the land. For contour farming, farmers plant crops across the slope of the land to conserve water and protect soil. Alternative energy sources, including wind power and renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel (made from corn, soybeans and other crops) are beneficial to the environment and promote energy security.

10 The Modern US Farmer Precision farming practices boost crop yields and reduce waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer and crop protection applications to local soil conditions. Federal and state governments are responsible for safeguarding the food supply, but farmers are responsible for growing food safely. Integrated Pest Management is a management practice that uses cultural practices and natural pest enemies to reduce the use of crop protectants.

11 The Modern US Farmer (cont.) Biotech advances that come to use on the farm will further ensure that American food and fiber products can remain cost- competitive both local and abroad. Growing and raising wholesome, safe food is their top goal.

12 Global Farming trends Robots – Drones to manage farm productivity Farm Water Management – due to climate change Biotechnology – Reducing Cost of production through increased yield productivity enhancements

13 Top 3 US Consumer Requirements Taste: Healthy Good, tasting Food products Sustainability: 350% increase in Fair trade sales in last 3 years Convenience: For busy lifestyles

14 Why New US Partnerships? Existing Major US Development partnership to build upon Nearly 319 Million US population $30+Bil Organic product market High-end Technology and Service providers

15 Next 2 days Listen Learn Network Dream Big! Thank you for coming!

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