Our Results

Expanding Food Security and Reducing Malnutrition for Rural Communities in Uganda


Stand Out Results:

Over the life of the Food Security Initiative project:

  • There was a 20 percent reduction in damage to potato seeds stored for more than three months.
  • Households using latrines increased by 40 percent and households using refuse pits increased by 75 percent.
  • The proportion of households with a Dietary Diversity Score of 3 increased by 39 percent.

There was an increase in the average months of adequate household food provisioning from four at baseline to 5.5 months by October 2006.

  • The average annual volume (kg) of household production of potatoes, beans, orange sweet potatoes and bananas increased by 26 percent from 2,500 to 3,160 kilograms, largely through increased yields per hectare.
  • Post-harvest losses of beans decreased by 30 percent.
  • 75 kilometers of motorable road were constructed and the 116 new businesses were established along the upgraded roads.
  • Stunting among children 2-6 years of age decreased by 18 percent and there was a 21 percent decrease in children under the age of 3 who are underweight.
  • The proportion of households adopting adequate sanitation practices increased 71 percent.   

Project:  Uganda Food Security Initiative Phase II (FY 2001- FY 2005)

Budget: $7.3 Million

Funders: USAID

Country/Timeframe: Uganda/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:

Phase 1

  • Improve agriculture and nutrition, rural roads, natural resource management and, local capacity building.

Phase 2

  • Extend program activities to food-insecure areas of Kabale and four additional districts.
  • Phase-out of Africare supported agriculture, natural resource management, and nutrition activities in the Phase I communities.
  • Pay greater attention to decreasing child malnutrition and increasing existing national and district-level government commitments that address malnutrition and development needs in southwestern Uganda.