Self Help Africa has been implementing agriculture and rural development projects in Uganda for close to 20 years.
We work with and through local community-based organisations, government agencies, international NGOs, private sector partners and emerging social enterprises in Uganda.
These diverse partners all have huge potential in addressing
the country’s hunger and poverty. We believe that the most effective role that we can play is in facilitating partnerships that will bring them together to serve the needs of underdeveloped rural communities.
We aim to be a catalyst, developing collaborative approaches to meet specific local needs through effective, integrated and sustainable solutions.
In this way, initiatives can continue without our support and have the potential to grow. Our programmes link with the national agricultural strategies produced under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Development Strategy and Investment Plan.
Full Name: Republic of Uganda
Population: 44.27 million (World Bank, 2018)
Population Growth (Yearly): 3.28%
Area: 241,038 SQ KM (93,065 SQ Miles)
Major Languages: English (Official), Swahili (Official), Luganda, Various Bantu Languages
Major Religions: Christianity, Islam
STRENGTHENING LIVELIHOODS, NUTRITION & CLIMATE RESILIENCE OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN NORTH EAST UGANDA
Districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Ngora and Kaberamaido, Teso region, North East Uganda
Providing training and practical support to 1,554 households in Teso, so that they can farm more productively and become more resilient to changing climate is the focus of this project in north-eastern Uganda. Many people in the area re-settled here after years of displacement in camps, a result of ethnic violence and incursion by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). As a result, agricultural land had grown wild, farm skills had been lost, and access to markets became almost inexistent. The project is working with rural communities, women groups and small-scale farming households to help them combat a range of challenges, including poverty, climate change and high levels of HIV/AIDS.
LOCAL SEED BUSINESS OUTSCALING
Eastern & South Western regions
This project is targeting 30 local seed businesses who wish to grow their production. Working with the groups, SHA conducts diagnostic surveys and jointly makes action plans to address the weakest aspects of the businesses through continuous mentoring and coaching. Businesses are also linked to other strategic partners such as research organisations for access to foundation seed, markets, credit and extension.
AGRICULTURE AND MARKET SUPPORT
West Nile & North Central regions
This project aims to improve farmers’ livelihoods by reducing postharvest losses, and promoting bulking and collective marketing of agricultural produce.
A total of 120 farmer groups are being supported to produce 1,000MT of high quality produce over the project period. At the core of this project, SHA is strengthening the capacity of farmer organisations, increasing access to quality inputs, improving post-harvest handling, and increasing market participation for smallholders.
MANZO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (MAYEP)
Maracha, Nebbi & Zombo, West Nile
The MAYEP project, designed with local partners AFARD, is creating opportunities for employment for 3,000 youth in agricultural value chains. This is facilitated through provision of training and supports that respond to youth capacity needs and demand for products. Agricultural skills are being developed among young people to make agriculture a viable livelihood opportunity. As well as this, the project is establishing fora in each district to integrate youth in local development planning processes to assure responsiveness to youth-specific needs.
STRIKING A BALANCE
This project aims to improve the institutional framework for sustainable management of the Lake Bunyonyi basin, through capacity building of local authorities. It has been designed to promote inclusive, sustainable development led by 12 village natural resource management committees in the basin. The project is contributing to the inclusive, low-carbon economic transformation of communities in the Lake Bunyonyi basin, generating sustainable economic growth, increased employment, reduced poverty, and improved nutrition.