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Jane Rose Madoba, who lives in Busia, Uganda, received technical assistance to help improve her production through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program.
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Since 2011, Feed the Future has worked in 38 districts in the Northern, Eastern and Southwestern areas.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 11.5%
    estimated reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under the age of 5 in the areas where Feed the Future has worked between 2012 and 2015

Value Chains

  • Legumes
  • Millet
  • Maize
  • Livestock
  • Dairy
  • Coffee
  • Vegetables
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  • 14.6 Million

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2012)

  • 6.5 Percent

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 21.9 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 76 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Uganda (World Bank, 2018)

  • 29.2 Percent

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 living in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2015)

  • 32.1 Percent

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2012)

Our Strategy


Promote inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led growth


Strengthen resilience among households and communities


Improve nutrition, especially among women and children


Facilitate market connections and growth


Build partnerships


Promote science and technology


Empower women, youth and girls


Improve cross-border and domestic trade for food security

Our Progress

  • 232,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • 2.2M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

  • $10.9M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Ugandan farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY19

  • 67,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY19

  • 24.9%

    Reduction in wasting in children under the age of 5 in the areas where Feed the Future has worked between 2012 and 2015

Our Work

Over the past 15 years, Uganda has reduced poverty faster than most other countries in Africa, and the percentage of the population living with less than $1.90 per day has fallen from about 64.9 percent to 41.5 percent between 2002 and 2016.


Approximately 80 percent of Ugandans are under the age of 30. Increasing agricultural productivity and providing employment for this rapidly growing young population is critical to Uganda’s development. Feed the Future’s approach supports relationship-building, market development to improve nutrition, income generation and strengthened resilience.

Cultivating Nutritious Foods

Rapid population growth in Uganda has caused malnutrition rates to remain high and has tempered other economic gains. Feed the Future focuses on sectors that have high-profit margins, are easily available and provide nutritional benefits.

Feed the Future helped over 86,000 farmers plant approximately 8,300 hectares of land with vitamin A-rich orange sweet potato and iron-rich beans. In doing so, these farmers earned $154,000 and sold:

  • 430 metric tons of iron-rich bean seeds
  • 890 metric tons of iron bean grain
  • 48,000 metric tons of orange sweet potato roots
  • 2,400 metric tons of orange sweet potato vines

Building Trust in Marketplaces

Feed the Future prioritizes investments that have the best potential to improve the livelihoods of a wide range of people in the food system, including the most vulnerable and extremely poor. Feed the Future also unlocks opportunities where systemic change is needed by focusing on services that are important to multiple value chains, including agriculture inputs, processing and research.

For example, Feed the Future, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries and the Uganda National Bureau for Standards implemented a new e-verification system that uses tags to mark authentic agricultural inputs as non-counterfeit. Uganda suffers from nearly $1.5 billion in estimated losses each year due to counterfeit inputs. This system gives farmers the confidence to buy improved inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer, knowing that their purchases are guaranteed by the government and private input firms now purchase the tags for placement on their products.

Focusing on Quality Controls

Feed the Future provides training and support across the food system in Uganda and leverages public and private investments to reduce poverty.

For example, Feed the Future partnered with the Uganda Seed Trade Association and Ugandan seed companies to develop a government-led project that established seed certification and quality control. Between February and July 2019, these efforts improved the quality of the seed supply in the country by 50 percent.

Feed the Future also continued the improvement of crop genetics, bio-fortification, integrated pest and disease management for crops, like cassava, coffee, sorghum and beans, and livestock, like indigenous chicken. As part of this effort, Feed the Future expanded seed stocks, conducted market studies and established strategic partnerships and systems to commercialize seed varieties.


These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. African Development Foundation, and Peace Corps, reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for the fiscal year 2019 (FY19). For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Uganda.

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  • Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation
  • African Women in Agricultural Research and Development
  • Agribusiness Development Facility to the African Agricultural Capital Fund
  • Agribusiness Initiative
  • Agriculture and Market Support
  • Apolou Activity to Improve Food and Nutrition Activity
  • Banana Bacterial Wilt Resistance
  • Borlaug Higher Education for Agriculture Research and Development
  • CGIAR Fund Core Grant with the World Bank
  • Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition
  • Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa /Drought Tolerant Maize Seed Scaling
  • Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods Activity
  • Enhancing Climate-Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods
  • Feed the Future Biosafety Activity
  • Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Productivity & Mycotoxin
  • Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation
  • Feed the Future Producer Organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Feed the Future Youth Leadership in Agriculture
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • Graduating to Resilience
  • Inclusive Agriculture Markets
  • Innovation in Agricultural Training and Education
  • Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity
  • The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program
  • Karamoja Resilience Support Unit-II
  • Meals for Nutrition in Uganda (HarvestPlus)
  • Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative
  • Nuyok Activity to Improve Food and Nutrition Security
  • Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Uganda Country Plan

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February 7, 2017

Feed the Future Uganda Zone of Influencer Interim Assessment Report

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May 19, 2015

Uganda Feed the Future Baseline Report

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December 1, 2011

Uganda Feed the Future FY2010 Implementation Plan

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