our work


in uganda

Self Help Africa has been implementing agriculture and rural development projects in Uganda for close to 20 years.

Full Name: Republic of Uganda
Population:
44.27 million (World Bank, 2018)
Population Growth (Yearly): 3.28%
Capital: Kampala
Area:
241,038 SQ KM (93,065 SQ Miles)
Major Languages:
English (Official), Swahili (Official), Luganda, Various Bantu Languages
Major Religions:
Christianity, Islam

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.

uganda projects



CLIMATE CHANGE: STRIKING A BALANCE – DEVELOPING A GREEN ECONOMY AROUND LAKE BUNYONYI


Kabale and Rubanda, Southwestern Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi is a high-value natural resource for the predominantly rural populations of Kabale and Rubanda districts. The lake is also an area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity, with significant potential to generate tourism revenue for the communities living around it. Poverty and mounting population pressures have caused significant degradation of natural resources in the lake basin, resulting in declining water availability, loss of wildlife habitats and soil fertility, and posing a long-term threat to the income and food security of poor rural households.

Striking a Balance: Developing a Green Economy around Lake Bunyonyi Basin will aim to improve the institutional framework for sustainable management of the Lake Bunyonyi basin, through capacity building of local authorities. It will contribute to the inclusive and low-carbon economic transformation of communities in the Lake Bunyonyi basin, generating sustainable economic growth, increased employment, reduced poverty, improved nutrition, and sustainable management of the environment

  • 1,000 individual members of rural communities
  • 60% from marginalised groups including women, youth and Batwa communities


MORE: MARKETS - SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS FOR REFUGEES


Adjumani District, Uganda

The MORE: Markets Sustainable Livelihoods and Inclusive Markets for Refugees project aims to improve the food, nutrition and income security of refugees and host communities in Adjumani, creating a pathway to self-sufficiency through the development of resilient livelihoods.

The project will organise 1,000 project participants into 40 farmers’ groups, including 15% youth, 60% women and 5% people with disabilities. Groups will receive training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for the production of bio-fortified foods, and on post-harvest value addition, nutrition awareness and food preparation.

  • 1,000 households


AGRICULTURE AND MARKET SUPPORT


Kiryandongo and Adjumani Districts

This is a component of the WFP Agriculture Market Support programme that supports resilient and diversified incomes for smallholders in northern Uganda. This component will contribute to resilient and
diversified livelihoods for smallholder farmers, especially women (at least 60% of total reached).

It will increase production and sales of maize, beans and sorghum for 5,000 smallholder farmer households in Kiryandongo and Adjumani Districts.

  • 5,000 smallholder farmer households


Programme to support agriculture development in the Albertine region


Nwoya, Hoima and Buliisa, Albertine region

Following the end of the pilot phase in July 2019, SHA submitted a proposal for a twelve-month costextension to the original contract. The start-up to the proposed extension was delayed by the restrictions introduced by government in response to Covid 19 pandemic.

When the pandemic was relaxed in June 2020, SHA agreed to reduce the timeframe to six months and consequently some activities and budget was removed from the agreed six month extension. The proposed extension will consolidate the achievements of the design pilot phase in order to deepen the benefits and make them more sustainable.

  • 214 horticulture farmers
  • 325 pig farmers


Strengthening Livelihoods, Nutrition and Climate Resilience of Smallholder Farmers


Ngora, Amuria, Katakwi and Kaberamaido, North Eastern region

The overall objective of this project is to create resilient, self-sustaining farming communities where poverty
and hunger are reduced. This is being achieved through strengthening the livelihoods, nutrition and climate resilience of smallholder farmers in four districts of Teso, North Eastern Uganda.

This project is being implemented through two communitybased organisations and three local NGOs, in order to increase engagement and ownership of the project, as well as building capacity at the local level.

  • 11,554 beneficiaries
  • 9,324 indirect beneficiaries
  • 61% female beneficiaries


CLIMATE CHANGE: TESO YOUTH AND WOMEN’S LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME


Kapelebyong sub-county, Amuria district of Teso subregion in North East Uganda

From 2003-2008 Lord’s Resistance Army insurgencies and armed cattle rustling in Teso, Northern Uganda, resulted in a breakdown of infrastructure, loss of services, livelihoods and skills, with 80,000 people moving to Internally Displaced Persons camps, and many remaining there for over a decade. The communities in this area remain very poor and vulnerable to shocks, so this project aims to provide training in relevant agricultural practices to enable these communities to increase their production, diversify their diets, and raise their income levels.

Self Help Africa will deliver training to farmers organised into 19 youth groups, 19 women’s groups and 2 groups of people living with disabilities. Secondary beneficiaries will be a further 5,000 people of all ages in targeted households. By the end of the two year project it is expected that annual disposable household income for these households will increase from the current deficit of UGX -40,000 to UGX 101,000 shillings; 850 households to have increased production of crops and livestock; improved dietary diversity among 750 households; and increased decision-making power of women and young people.

  • 1,000 households


MORE: HONEY MARKET-ORIENTED RURAL ENTERPRISE FOR HONEY IN UGANDA


East Acholi and Northern Karamoja sub regions in Northern Uganda– Kitghum, Lamwo and Moroto

In Uganda, approximately 1.5 million households derive income from beekeeping, harvesting various products including honey, propolis and beeswax. This project aims to transform the lives and increase incomes for 2,000 smallholder farmers who will benefit from improved skills and access to reliable markets offering competitive prices for their produce.

The project will support GBL and Swienty Commodities’ commercial objectives of increasing the quantity, quality and traceability of honey and wax sourced from Uganda.

2,000 households



COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THROUGH DIGITALISATION IN THE TESO REGION


East Acholi and Northern Karamoja sub regions in Northern Uganda– Kitghum, Lamwo and Moroto

This Pilot Project will study what drives adoption of agricultural technologies and how agricultural information and communication technologies and services are used by female and male smallholder farmers and small-agricultural enterprises in the Ugandan Teso region.

The overarching objective is to identify user preferences and knowledge gaps and to detect barriers and untapped opportunities for effective and inclusive adoption and use of information and communication technology and how these could impact on livelihoods, food consumption, and resilience to market, health and climatic shocks.



SEED: MARKET-DRIVEN SCALING UP AND ADOPTION OF POTATO IN AFRICA


As part of the wider programme across two countries, SHA will be working with potato farmers in SouthWest Uganda to accelerate the large-scale access to and adoption of climate-smart and market-demanded novel varieties of potato.

Identifying varieties suitable for African conditions has been supported by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and USAID, with an explicit focus on climate resilience and disease resistance.

These varieties carry more robust, market-demanded traits than those currently grown, striking a balance in addressing farmers’ limited ability to purchase inputs and meeting diverse market demands. Overall, this innovation will accelerate the delivery of newer potato genetics to farmers, and therefore would increase the actual adoption of novel varieties among smallholders producing potatoes for income generation and food security.

  • 50,000 potato farmers (50% women)
  • 30 private seed businesses

TO CONTACT US ABOUT OUR WORK IN uganda:


Self Help Africa
Kalamu House
3rd Floor, Wing B, Plot 1B, Kira Road
P.O. Box 34429
Kampala,
Uganda.

Tel: +256 414 286 305
Email: [email protected]