Uganda

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Uganda
In Uganda, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Uganda and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
13.7
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
32.8
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
33
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
84.5
percent
Percentage of population living in rural Uganda (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
3.3
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 25% of value added (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
213
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$7.5
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
258
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Uganda
Land
91.3
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$3
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Agriculture is the mainstay of Uganda's economy.

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

  • More than 213,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 91,300 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers had total agricultural product sales of nearly $7.6 million last year.
  • Feed the Future leveraged nearly $3 million in new

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.

  • Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation
  • Africa Lead II
  • African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
  • Agribusiness Development Facility to the African Agricultural Capital Fund
  • Agribusiness Initiative (ABi Trust)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program (ABSPII)
  • Banana Bacterial Wilt Resistance
  • Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture
  • Borlaug Higher Education for Agriculture Research and Development
  • Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Program
  • Capacity Development in the Agriculture

Target Regions

Map of Uganda