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Stimulation of agricultural and economic livelihood opportunities in return areas in Uganda
Stimulation of agricultural and economic livelihood opportunities in return areas
To better equip 15 000 households in Lango subregion to increase food production and household income.
Office of the Prime Minister – Department of Disaster Management and Refugees, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, District Local Governments (DLGs) and various NGOs.
13 184 households (members of 500 farmer field schools [FFS]), 125 FFS facilitators, 10 DLG staff and 22 FFS master trainers.
- 100 new FFS (3 038 members) established and provided with ox-ploughs, oxen, goats, cassava cuttings and investment grants.
- 500 FFS (including 100 new FFS) provided with village savings and loan association (VSLA) kits and Development Initiative Fund Facility (DIFF) grants.
- New FFS groups participated in first cycle of training (integration of production and pest management of common crops, and animal traction).
- Assessments of all FFS knowledge gaps, strengths and weaknesses, followed by tailored training on relevant topics.
- FFS networks strengthened in 27 subcounties.
- Technical training organized on tree nursery management and energy-saving technologies, beekeeping and honey processing, and on post-harvest handling.
- Modified cash-for-work activities (through DIFF grants) to rehabilitate key infrastructure in the communities.
- Over 13 000 households participated in six months of agricultural training, which contributed to an increase in agricultural productivity and income generation.
- 100 new FFS groups used grants to purchase seeds and other items for commercial production.
- USD 750 000 was distributed under DIFF facility and mainly used for group investments (grinding mills, maize hullers, improved goats, beehives).
- VSLA training increased farmers’ interest in savings and over UGX 420 million was generated in savings, and many groups have started businesses.