With more than half of Uganda’s arable land and the amount of rain it receives, Northern Uganda has got an enormous potential to become the food basket of Uganda and its neighbouring countries. However, socio-economic development in the region is lagging: families often face food shortages just before the harvest and the poverty level is significantly higher than the rest of the country.
There are several challenges in the value chain of rice, cassava and soybean, including the high costs of production and trade and variable quality which limits the competitiveness on the international market.
There are several challenges in the value chain of rice, cassava and soybean. Aside from the high costs of production, trade and variable quality which limits the competitiveness on the international market. Farmers face challenges at the farm level as well. Farmers who put extra effort in managing their fields and crops, don't get rewarded for that: investing in quality does not pay off. There is also a lack of knowledge on how to improve quality and produce sustainably. When farmers want to invest, they also face challenges in accessing improved seed and genuine fertilisers and pesticides. Farmers’ organisations are not providing services to the farmers because they are weak or dormant and lack a good market linkage. Farmers also face challenges at the processing level. Milling, storage, warehousing andmechanisation services are poor. A significant reason for this is the lack of business analysis and planning in the sector.
Rikolto will foster linkages between farmers, companies processing the harvest and buyers, assess market opportunities, and facilitate market exchanges through the following activities:
Rikolto expects to achieve the following results in the Teso and Lango subregions:
With achieving increased market access for smallholder farmers, Rikolto will contribute to the following four long-term results of the whole project coordinated by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture:
Ultimately, stability in northern Uganda is restored as a result of there being a strong foundation for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development.
The project will be implemented from January 2020 to December 2022 in two sub-regions of Northern Uganda: Lango and Teso.
The project will involve 51,250 smallholder farmer households, in total over 260,000 people. In addition to farmers, the project will also include extension officers, processors, agro-dealers, aggregators, transporters, community facilitators and peer educators.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is coordinating a project to enhance food and nutrition security, increase household incomes and improve maternal and child nutrition and health in Northern Uganda. This project is part of the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a programme launched by the Government of Uganda with the support of the European Union. Together with Kilimo Trust, Rikolto will work to increase market accessibility for smallholder farmers of rice, cassava, and soybean.
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Rikolto and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.