Improve poverty and food insecurity using community-led and market-driven approaches in the country’s most vulnerable areas. Help rural farmers increase productivity and promote health and nutrition.
In the aftermath of a generation-long civil war that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions more, Uganda is finally healing. But population growth is straining resources and services in a country that still has a long way to go.
With farmland not producing at capacity, food is in short supply and malnutrition is common. Good quality seeds are scarce in local markets, keeping yields low. Recurring climate shocks, including drought and flooding, have further reduced harvests.
Continuing inequalities in the distribution of income and the treatment of women have contributed to high poverty rates, poor health and disparities in education and opportunity.
- Agriculture & Food: Training farmer groups in business skills to grow subsistence plots to small-scale commercial farming operations.
- Economic development: Providing jobs building roads that link farms to markets.
- Health: Promoting maternal-child health and nutrition programs, including village-level mother groups that encourage healthy behavior change.
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Uganda: Grace’s seeds cultivate change in hungry communities May 28, 2014
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Uganda: Making clean energy affordable far from the city October 30, 2013
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Uganda: Meet our field staff: Vicky October 11, 2013
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Uganda: Finding forgiveness after Charles Taylor May 22, 2012
The spectacle that was Charles Taylor's trial made it easy to forget what it was really about: thousands of people like me, and the forgiveness that makes life bearable.
Uganda: Acting up for healthier communities February 27, 2012
There’s been a lot of action in northern Uganda lately. But in an area still recovering from the government’s 21-year war with the Lord’ Resistance Army, this is, for once, a welcome kind of drama.
Uganda: Solar energy reaches northern Uganda February 20, 2012
Uganda: Peacebuilding impact in Karamoja May 18, 2011
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Uganda: Small farm, nutritious food, healthy pregnancy December 20, 2010
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Uganda: ‘Staying lonely is not easy’ December 8, 2010
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