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Project:  Uganda Food Security Initiative Phase II
Funders: USAID
Timeframe: 2001-2005

The Problem: Rural poverty and malnutrition are severe in southwestern Uganda. The country’s food security is threatened by high population density, low productivity, and a fragile economy in which average soil losses are among the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Additionally, unreliable and poorly constructed roads further hinder farm-to-market movement, agro-business and access to integral social services.

Long-Term Goal of Project: Improve household food security and nutrition in Uganda through agricultural productivity, natural resource management and infrastructural development.

Project Objectives:

  • Improve agriculture and nutrition, rural roads, natural resource management and, local capacity building.
  • Decreasing child malnutrition and increase existing government commitments to addressing malnutrition and development needs in southwestern Uganda.

Stand Out Results:

  • Africare provided support services related to production and marketing to over 24,000 farming families through a system of nine extension agents and 108 community demonstrators.
  • Africare facilitated contract farming for the production of maize seed that generated a total of $85,000 in revenue for 161 farmers.
  • The average duration of the hunger period fell by over 40%.
  • Chronic malnutrition in children 6-59 months old fell significantly. 54% of children were stunted at the start of the project compared to 22% in 2006.
  • The % of infants below 4 months who were exclusively breast fed increased by over 65% from 39% of children to 65%.

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