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Livelihoods support for pastoralists and agropastoralists in Uganda

Livelihoods support for pastoralists and agropastoralists in Uganda

Full title of the project:

Livelihoods support for pastoralists and agropastoralists in Karamoja region

Target areas:

Karamoja region

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 628 931
Implementation:
30/06/2008-31/12/2009
Project code:
OSRO/UGA/803/ITA
Objective:

To improve and diversify the livelihoods of pastoralists and agropastoralists in Karamoja region.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, District Veterinary Offices, local district governments, NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

31 210 households (1 000 households through vaccination, 100 community animal health workers [CAHWs], 27 500 households reached by CAHWs, 2 610 members of farmer field schools [FFS] or agropastoral field schools [APFS]).

Activities implemented:
  • 80 951 small ruminants vaccinated against PPR and 29 503 cattle against CBPP.
  • 79 103 sheep and goats, and 31 371 cattle treated against common livestock diseases.
  • 100 CAHWs trained and provided with veterinary start-up kits.
  • 22 FFS facilitators trained.
  • 43 FFS and 44 APFS set up and provided with 170 bags of cassava cuttings and 45 sweet potato vines for multiplication of disease-tolerant planting materials, along with essential farming tools (hoes, pangas, ox-ploughs, etc.).
  • Each FFS and APFS developed a business plan, which was verified by the implementing partner who then provided USD 500 as a grant.
  • The FFS and APFS set up loan and saving schemes for their members.
Impact:
  • Vaccination helped to protect valuable livestock assets.
  • Results assessment survey highlighted that in the three months prior to the assessment, the newly trained CAHWs had already treated 7 470 animals and were covering an average of 275 households each.
  • FFS and APFS members started commercial income-generating activities and planted 13.6 ha of cassava and 1.64 ha of sweet potato, which were then provided to neighbouring and member farmers for planting in their own gardens.
  • Increased area cultivated, harvests, sales and food stocks among FFS and APFS members, resulting in higher incomes and improved food access.