Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with sustained growth averaging 7.8 percent through the early 2000s. However, over the past decade, the country witnessed more economic volatility and the growth in GDP slowed to an average of just about 5 percent. Despite progress in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, many people still suffer from the hardships of widespread poverty and undernutrition.
Feed the Future investments are critical as agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, accounting for 23 percent of gross domestic product, employing two-thirds of the labor force, and providing a half of export earnings. Yields are significantly
Results by the Numbers
More than 471,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices with Feed the Future’s help.
Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 350,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers achieved total agricultural product sales of nearly $151 million last year.
Uganda has nearly half the arable land in East Africa, abundant rainfall, and two growing seasons over much of the country. Agriculture contributes to more than 20 percent of GDP and 48 percent of exports. Processing local produce accounts for 40 percent of total manufacturing. Nonetheless, agricultural yields are significantly below potential and postharvest losses are high. Raising agricultural output and quality standards would not only pull millions out of poverty but also help improve nutrition.
The Government of Uganda has demonstrated commitment to agricultural development, signing a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program compact in 2010.
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Uganda.
Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation
Africa Lead II
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Agribusiness Development Facility to the African Agricultural Capital Fund
Agribusiness Initiative (ABi Trust)
Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program (ABSPII)
Alur Highlands Coffee Alliance