THE Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is to provide a $7.1m (sh12.4b) grant to finance four agricultural projects in northern Uganda. Percy Mikisa, the FAO representative, said the European Commission and Sweden contributed to the grant.
Mikisa said the financed projects would run for 12, 18 and 36 months. â€œThe expected output includes increased access to farm inputs for persons still living in internally displaced peoples (IDPs) camps and those who have returned to their homes, increased availability of quality seeds and planting materials,â€ he said.
Keith Muhakanizi, the deputy secretary to the Treasury, said during the signing of the grant agreement at the finance ministryâ€™s boardroom in Kampala: â€œFAO has been at the forefront of supporting the Governmentâ€™s policies for poverty eradication through the provision of agricultural inputs.â€
The funds will cater for increased agricultural production and productivity of IDPs and returnees in Acholi and Lango sub-regions, and agricultural livelihood recovery in northern Uganda.
Other areas to be covered include building capacity of regulatory agencies for handling genetically-modified seeds, crops and processed food and carrying out impact assessment and capacity-building for prevention and control of tape worms in pigs.
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FAO to give $7m grant