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: Seeds of Sunshine September 24, 2009
Alex Odongo is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Uganda: Working on a road to hope September 24, 2009
They say if you want something done you must do it yourself — and that is exactly what one woman in the village of Lamoi, Uganda is doing. She is Grace Awor, a 45-year-old mother of seven, farmer and most recently a road builder.
Uganda: Forgiveness September 14, 2009
Uganda: Rain, rain, come and stay July 15, 2009
This morning at 5 am I rolled over in bed and grumpily wondered why I had woken up. My bad mood was washed away as I realized what had roused me from sleep. A low distant rumble, the soft sound of a slight drizzle on the tin roof of the guest house in Pader — it was raining!
Uganda: New beginnings June 24, 2009
Uganda: Photo of the Day May 14, 2009
Maybe it’s a five-page article in the New York Times or a three-minute clip on CNN. But sometimes, all it takes to remember why we’re doing this is a single photograph.
Uganda: Peace Through Forgiveness April 1, 2009
Uganda: Celebrating Peace with Soccer September 29, 2008
Mercy Corps organized soccer matches in six countries to celebrate the Sept. 21 International Day of Peace.
Uganda: Song and dance unite a community September 16, 2008
Uganda: Jeremy Barnicle in Uganda October 31, 2007
Mercy Corps team member Jeremy Barnicle, on the ground in war-torn northern Uganda, thanks donors for their generous support.