We have been working in Uganda since 2006 and have helped millions of Ugandans and refugees alike build a path to a stronger tomorrow. Our programs focus on helping people adapt their livelihoods in the face of climate change, supporting small businesses, improving agriculture production, bettering public health systems and empowering women and girls. In 2017, our services reached 1.2 million Ugandans and refugees.
After a generation of conflict and instability, including multiple civil wars, Uganda is a stable country with a population of 41.5 million people.
Although Uganda is in a state of stability, some of its neighbors are not. Because of ongoing violence and conflict in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is now the second largest refugee-hosting country on the planet, after Lebanon. Almost 1.1 million refugees have fled their home countries to seek refuge in Uganda.
The growing population is putting an increasing strain on already limited resources. Basic necessities like food and clean drinking water are out of reach for far too many Ugandans and refugees. One out of every four people in Uganda is malnourished and one out of every three children under the age of five is stunted due to malnourishment.
A majority of Ugandans, seven out of every 10, make a living in the agricultural sector. The increasing consequences of climate change are making it more difficult for Ugandan farmers to make a living. Many farmers across Uganda are reporting lower yields, which is contributing to mass malnutrition. Unequal access to quality seeds and tools are disproportionately impacting poorer Ugandan communities, leading to an even higher risk of malnutrition and stunted growth.
Despite these challenges, the people of Uganda are resilient and welcoming hosts of their South Sudanese and Congolese neighbors. By strengthening the local agricultural economy, assisting refugees, increasing knowledge on health and nutrition and more, we are helping build a stronger tomorrow for all of Uganda.
Our Uganda field team is made up of 300 members located on eight different bases across the country and is led by Country Director Iveta Ouvry. 95% of our 300 team members are Ugandan and have a unique and personal understanding of the issues facing their country and individual communities.
The work we’re doing in Uganda focuses on supporting both Ugandans and refugees fleeing conflict from neighboring countries. Our core work is in agricultural development — supporting farmers to increase productivity through climate-smart agriculture techniques. We offer this program to Ugandans and refugees. We also work on maternal-child health and nutrition and with communities to resolve local conflicts in a peaceful way.
Since 2006, our work in Uganda has reached millions of people and helped provide support for young people, professional development opportunities for farmers and more. Here are a few of our most recent results:
- In 2017, we improved the social and economic well-being of 1.2 million people.
- We’re empowering more than 8,600 girls near the Kenya-Uganda border to earn their own incomes with life-skills education courses.
- In 2017, we provided 44,142 farmer households with improved access to better seeds for addressing climate-related stresses.
How to help
South Sudan, Uganda: For a South Sudanese refugee, a place to put down roots
Conflict forced Grace and her family to leave everything behind. While she waits for an end to conflict so she can return to South Sudan, she's learning to grow produce that will help her support herself and her four children.
South Sudan, Uganda: In Uganda, two women form a friendship without borders
At Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda, see what happens when a South Sudanese refugee and a Ugandan woman unite to build better lives, together.
Uganda: Fighting hunger, one garden at a time
Women in rural Uganda are finding a simple solution to the big problem of hunger: kitchen gardens.
Uganda: A tiny seed transforms a community
Better training is boosting incomes for sesame-growing families in Uganda. Meet one couple who is investing in their future.
Uganda: Strength in numbers: Women's groups reuniting families
In rural Uganda, countless families are separated because of local conflicts. Women’s groups are banding together to bring people back together again.
Uganda: A couple finds their future in chia
With Uganda’s civil war now behind them, Charles and Concy are working together on a new business venture: farming chia.
Uganda: Grace’s seeds cultivate change in hungry communities
We're helping people like Grace learn how to grow more crops, feed their families and work together to rebuild their lives after two decades of conflict.
Uganda: Making clean energy affordable far from the city
Kerosene used for light and cooking is risky and costly. So why aren't families rushing to switch to fuel efficient cookstoves and solar units?
Uganda: Meet our field staff: Vicky
We all hear the statistics: When girls are given the same access to education as boys, the impact on their communities is immense. Vicky Lodia is a living, breathing testament to the numbers.
Indonesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe: Agri-Fin Mobile program provides big benefits on small phones
How Mercy Corps and local partners are bundling services on a unique mobile platform to help smallholder farmers boost their harvests and incomes.