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Collaboration with WFP for the implementation of a rice project in Uganda

Collaboration with WFP for the implementation of a rice project in Uganda

Full title of the project:

Collaboration with WFP for the implementation of a rice project in Teso subregion (Katakwi and Amuria districts) and Karamoja region (Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts)

Target areas:

Amuria and Katakwi district

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 299 950
Implementation:
01/06/2009-30/06/2010
Project code:
OSRO/UGA/904/WFP
Objective:

To enhance agricultural productivity and the development of market infrastructure in the subregions of Teso and Karamoja.

Key partners:

The Office of the Prime Minister-Department of Disaster Management and Refugees, the Agricultural Research Laboratories Institute of Kawanda, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and local NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

104 farmer field school (FFS) groups (3 120 members) and 86 Government officers.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 13 000 kg of NERICA rice seed, with an average planting rate of about 26 kg per acre.
  • Facilitated workshops on the agronomy of NERICA to build the capacity of FFS facilitators.
  • Established study and commercial plots, and trained farmers on rice planting, weeding and harvesting, post-harvest handling, seed multiplication as well as methods and practices to improve quality, shelf life, nutrition and competitiveness of rice along market chains.
  • Assisted FFS networks in developing business and work plans, conducting monthly reviews and organizing inter-group exchange and exposure visits.
  • Set up saving and credit schemes with FFS groups.
  • Organized regional meetings and a national workshop to build the capacity of the Government on food security and Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification (IPC) methodology.
Impact:
  • Harvested a total of 155 896 kg of rice, with crop yields of up to 4 500 to 5 000 kg per ha.
  • Provided 300 kg of harvested rice to FFS networks.
  • Developed an IPC map and bulletin for the period of April to August 2010.
  • Increased availability of quality rice seed at community level.
  • Generated household income from rice production.