Uganda

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
14.6
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
32.1
Percent*
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in FY15
Stunting
29.2
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in FY15
Rural
83.9
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Uganda (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
5
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 24.7% of value added (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
471
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$151
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
426
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Uganda
Land
350
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$4.8
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
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 through the early 2000s. However, over the past decade, the country witnessed more economic volatility and the growth in GDP slowed to an average of just about 5 percent. Despite progress in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, many people still suffer 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

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 471,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 350,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers achieved total agricultural product sales of nearly $151 million last year.

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.

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)

  • Alur Highlands Coffee Alliance

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