FAO in Uganda

Success stories

FAO and Gayaza High School in Uganda are working together to develop opportunities for students to learn and acquire agricultural skills while eating healthier and nutritious food. A FAO project to help the high school acquire production input and facilities is showing promising results. Through the project, a greenhouse for vegetable production was set up and so far, five tomatoe harvests were achieved. Moreover, a piggery unit was built which now holds over 50 pigs.

The two facilities provide learning opportunities not only for students of the Gayaza high school, but also for the neighboring schools. In addition, FAO has been working in close collaboration with Gayaza High School to further develop it's School Farm Camp initiative, which seeks to equip the nation's youth with practical agricultural skills to encourage sustainable farming within the region.

Since 2012, 31 Chinese experts and technicians have been sent to Uganda to provide technical assistance in crop production, aquaculture, horticulture, livestock and agribusiness. The team has successfully transferred 25 new technologies, and introduced 17 new varieties such as hybrid rice, foxtail millet and maize, as well as four pieces of agricultural equipment and tools. The new technologies and varieties introduced are showing quick results with improved food crops and have increased the income of farmers.

The EMPRES-i Event Mobile Application (EMA) allows national veterinary authorities to use smartphones to report disease outbreaks. It also allows district veterinary officers to access disease reports submitted by colleagues. During the second half of 2013, the app was tested in a pilot which took place in ten districts of Uganda selected by the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Center (NADDEC). The national authorities and district veterinary officers who took part in the pilot asserted the utility of the surveillance of animal disease, and urged that it should be expanded to all districts in the nation. FAO is encouraging other countries to test and use the app to improve disease reporting in the field.