Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with sustained growth averaging 7.8 percent since 2000. Coupled with 2.9 percent growth in agriculture, Uganda is on target to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty and hunger by 2015. However, Uganda still suffers from the hardships of widespread poverty and undernutrition.
Feed the Future investments are critical as agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, accounting for 23 percent of gross domestic product, employing two-thirds of the labor force, and providing a half of export earnings. Yields are significantly below potential, and post-harvest losses are as high as 40 percent.
Results by the numbers
Uganda has nearly half the arable land in East Africa, abundant rainfall, and two growing seasons over much of the country. Agriculture contributes to more than 20 percent of GDP and 48 percent of exports. Processing local produce accounts for 40 percent of total manufacturing. Nonetheless, agricultural yields are significantly below potential and postharvest 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
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Uganda.
Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Uganda.