Onion fields on a hillside in southern Uganda

Priority area Agriculture and rural development Increase productivity and create jobs

The main focus of cooperation in this priority area is on enhancing value addition in agricultural production. In northern Uganda in particular, impetus is to be lent to the growth of the rural economy.

Increased productivity is to lead to sustained improvements in food and nutrition security and to the creation of new jobs in rural areas. So far, some 11,700 farmers have taken part in the training provided under the new programme, which was started in 2018.

Activities in the agricultural sector also address adaptation to climate change. Based on cooperation with local farming communities, action plans for climate-smart agriculture are developed and implemented. This involves, for example, the combination of crop cultivation and forestry, intercropping, and the sustainable use of water resources. The target is to provide training to 25,000 farmers by 2022.

Under its Special Initiative “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems”, the BMZ supports responsible land policies. Some 50,000 people have already taken part in training on land rights. 26,000 parcels of land have been surveyed in order to secure people's land and use rights. Other areas addressed under the initiative are support for sustainable fisheries and the expansion of potato production, processing and marketing.