Agriculture which is said to be the backbone of Uganda’s economy, contributes to around 24.21% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs over 70% of the country’s population living in rural areas. More than half of this population live in abject poverty without reliable and enough food, yet Uganda has good soils and favorable weather. There are many barriers preventing the poor farmers from making good use of the land and taking advantage of the good weather. These include but not limited to - Subsistence farming; Poor farming methods; Limited markets etc.
RUPID-Uganda supports the rural poor by promoting better farming methods and processing any of the surplus food harvested. There has also been support to some families through provision of domestic animals such as cows, goats, pigs and chicken though on a small scale which we intend to scale up. This has helped to increase their household income and improved their nutrition from animals’ products such as milk, eggs and beef
Prospective Agricultural Projects
The prospective agricultural projects include:-
- Coffee Farming, Production and Processing
- Banana Farming
- Fish Farming
- Bee Keeping
Some of these projects like Coffee and Banana farming are already in existence though on a small scale. Our aim is to empower the rural farmers use better farming methods which will result into:-
- Better yields/products
- Improved food security and household incomes
- Sustained agricultural production practices e.g post harvest handling/management for Coffee
- Creating household marketable surpluses among farmers
- Promotion of value addition for better markets
The farmer groups/clusters will be trained on modern agricultural practices which will improve their farming methods and increase their production and harvest. These farmers in there formed groups will be provided with farm implements to help them implement or practice the improved farming methods.