U.S. Mission Uganda announced two new 5-year programs today to support Uganda's agricultural sector by increasing crop productivity and improving the policy and regulatory environment of agriculture. Agriculture accounts for more than 48 percent of exports and 73 percent of employment in Uganda.
These two programs, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), aim to increase access to markets and foster agricultural productivity through a public-private partnership to develop agricultural policy.
The Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM) program will boost the production and marketing of high-quality maize, beans, and coffee in 34 focus districts. CPM will also address challenges that farmers face in increasing crop productivity and gaining access to competitive markets domestically, regionally, and internationally.
The Enabling Environment for Agriculture (EEA) program, implemented in partnership with Ugandan private and public sector institutions, is designed to foster market conditions that are more favorable to agricultural development, trade, and adaptation to climate change. EEA will also help the Ugandan private sector and civil society contribute to policy decisions related to agriculture development, trade, and climate change. This should lead to a measurable increase in Uganda’s agriculture production and exports, and, as a result, an increase in rural household incomes.
At the launch, U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi commended the Government of Uganda for promoting economic growth through sustainable agricultural transformation and development. A collaborative approach that capitalizes on private sector resources, he said, paired with a strengthened Government of Uganda agriculture policy will help drive agricultural development. Ambassador DeLisi said that the U.S. Government is committed to nurturing constructive public-private partnerships as a fundamental step to unlocking Uganda’s enormous agricultural potential
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