Uganda

Country Profile
Uganda
In Uganda, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Uganda and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
14.6
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
32.1
Percent*
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in FY15
Stunting
29.2
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in FY15
Rural
83.6
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Uganda (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
4.6
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 24.4% of value added (World Bank, 2016)
Farmers
632
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Sales
$97
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
882
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16 across Uganda
Land
497
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Investment
$7.8
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16
Agriculture is the mainstay of Uganda's economy

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ugandan economy, accounting for 24 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), employing two-thirds of the labor force, and providing half of export earnings. With 84 percent of the population still living in rural areas, agriculture is the main source of income and, by extension, the main pathway out of poverty for the majority of Ugandans. The vast majority of refugees also rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Unfortunately, in a country rich with agricultural potential, the sector substantially underperforms. Almost all crops are produced on smallholder farms where the limited use of modern technology and inputs result in

Results by the Numbers

  • Nearly 632,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 497,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported

Uganda has nearly half the arable land in East Africa, abundant rainfall, and two growing seasons over much of the country. Processing local produce accounts for 40 percent of total manufacturing. Nonetheless, agricultural yields are significantly below potential and post-harvest 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. Its National Development Plan and Agriculture Development Sector Investment Plan

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

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