The West Nile Agriculture Improvement and Conservation Project (WENAGIC Project), is a 2-year pilot project funded that seeks to reduce extreme poverty among smallholder farmers in West Nile, Uganda through the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) as a platform for improved agricultural productivity, income diversification and environmental conservation. The project goal is, “To support a sustainable and equitable food and income security of 450 smallholder farmer households (with 3,150 people) in Yumbe district, Uganda.” The specific objectives include: (i) To increase smallholder farmers’ agricultural production and productivity by 85%; (ii) To improve the dietary intake of locally available foods in a gender sensitive manner; (iii) To support smallholder farmers to diversify their livelihood activities; and (iv) To build the capacity of smallholder farmer groups into viable village development groups able to meet their member’s needs.

Project Budget: US$ 92,000
Donor: Sall Family Foundation

Uganda currently hosts over one million South Sudanese refugees. Majority of these refuges are settled in Kiryandongo and the West Nile districts of Arua, Adjumani, Yumbe and Moyo. Bidibidi refugee settlement alone host more than 300,000 refugees (and is the biggest nationally). These refugees together with the already impoverished host communities face food, nutrition and income insecurity. In response, AFARD is supporting 108,082 direct beneficiaries (65% females and 75% refugees) in all the refugee hosting districts of West Nile region under three projects: (i) Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods Support to South Sudanese Refugees and Host Communities in North and Midwestern Uganda; (ii) Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods Support for Improved Resilience and Self-reliance of Refugees from South Sudan in North and Mid-western Uganda; and (iii) Secure Livelihoods for South Sudanese Refugees and Host Communities in West Nile region, Uganda. These interventions focus on: Agricultural production of staple foods and marketable commodities, micro-irrigation, youth vocational skilling, VSLA and entrepreneurship promotion, and environment conservation.

Donors: Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations and HORIZONT3000.

Implemented in partnership with Self Help Africa (SHA), MAYEP targets addressing the high youth unemployment in West Nile region primarily due to limited skills, business finance, and voice. Its overall goal is “to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction among 3,000 youth in the West Nile region, Northern Uganda” by specifically increasing access to agricultural-related employment opportunities through: (i) Production and productivity enhancement built around viable agricultural value chains; Strengthening Young Agribusiness Groups (YAGs); and Enhancing member-based extension support by BTVET trained Youth Model Farmers and Enterprise Skills Animators; (ii) Market development by market linkages; Business clinics; and supporting value addition; and (iii) Strengthening youth voice by supporting youth engagement with district leadership.
Donor: European Union
Project budget: €980,000

YEEP targets addressing the high youth un(der) employment in West Nile region primarily due to: (i) Lack of relevant and marketable skills; (ii) Limited access to business finance; (iii) Poor linkages with the Private Sector; and (iv) Limited youth voice in policy-making processes. Implemented in partnership with CEGED in the districts of Nebbi, Zombo, and Arua, the project goal is, “to contribute to youth inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in West Nile region of Uganda through sustainable and gainful employment opportunities.” Using the slogan, “My Wealth, My Effort,” YEEP seeks to enable 2,500 youth (15-30 years) organized in Village Savings and Loans Associations access sustainable and gainful youth employment through: (i) Improved employability skills development; (ii) Support to access or start formal and self-employment opportunities in agribusiness, microenterprises, micro-franchise, and formal jobs; and (iii) Strengthened youth voice and political capabilities to effectively dialogue with local government, private sector, and civil society actors.
Donor: European Union
Project budget: €555,555

Erussi-Ndhew Community Development Project seeks to address the high rate of child poverty. Many families are unable to protect and provide for their children. Food is inadequate. Many children hardly go to school. Sicknesses are mainly treated at home. And generally child abuse is on the rise. Through the self-help groups approach the project aims to to contribute to the reduction of child poverty in Erussi/Ndhew Sub-Counties, Nebbi district, Uganda." It is envisaged that the project will improve the provisioning, protection and promotion of children's rights.
Donor: KNH
Project budget: €369,633

This is a Uganda Country Programme (U-Growth II: Recovery and Development of Northern Uganda Component - RDNUC) and specifically the Strategic Intervention for Agricultural Production and Marketing. The main objective of the development cooperation is +25% increase in total value of agricultural production of 390 farmer groups (9,500 household).
Donor: Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda
Project budget: €995,061

SSH4A is one of the 9 African countries project aimed at improving access to sanitation and promoting good hygiene practices to eliminate open defecation. The critical SSH4A components include: (i) Sanitation demand creation; (ii) Sanitation finance; (iii) Hygiene and behavioral change communication; and (iv) WASH governance. By use of Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Standards, the project focuses on triggering and sustaining behavior change through facility construction and safe hygiene promotion. It is envisaged to achieve Open Defecation Free communities.
Donor: DFID through SNV (Netherlands Development Organization)
Project budget: €44,118

YES Project is a 3-year partnership project funded by EU and is implemented by SNV, AFARD, and CEGED in the districts of Nebbi, Arua, Moyo and Yumbe. Its primary aim is to contribute to youth poverty reduction through improved and sustainable youth economic opportunities offered by non-formal, vocational and business skills development, minimal input provision, and market linkages. It targets 5,000 youth (aged 15-30 years). Thus, YES strives to support 1,900 youth to join formal employment; 2,500 youth to operate profitable agribusinesses; and 600 youth to engage in non-farm enterprises in ways that will increase youth-for-youth employment opportunities (for ≈ 3,000 more jobs), youth businesses linkages with financial, insurance, and market services.
Donor: European Commission
Project budget: €980,000

Upscalling PESA Marketing Model Project is a 1-½ year project whose goal is "Strengthening the capacity of PELUM Association members to catalyze market engagement for smallholder farmers and advocate for agricultural policies that support their access to markets." To achieve these objectives, this project focuses on: (i) Establishing agri-business development and market linkages among chain actors and the farmers; (ii) Enhancing the capacities of member organizations to conduct market related advocacy engagements; (iii) Mainstreaming gender across the entire value chain; and (iv) Building the institutional capacity of member organisations in areas of project implementation. It is envisaged to increase smallholder farmers voice and visibility in the market as well as income.
Donor: Ford Foundation through PELUM Uganda
Project Budget: €18,647

CEEP seeks to address the high economic insecurity among smallholder farmers through Community Agro-enterprise Development approach (farming as a business). Its goal is to contribute to reducing hunger and poverty. CEEP agribusiness model hinge on three interwebbed pillars: (i) Increasing smallholder farmers' productivity; (ii) Building sustainable farmer groups; and (iii) Market access that guarantees profitability and competitiveness. By 2016, CEEP aims at reducing asset poverty rate by 20%; increasing food security status by 6%; and building financially sustainable farmer groups with an average savings of ≥UGX 35 million. For every €1 invested, accrued net return is worth €7. Besides, CEEP will generate UGX 137 million in taxes to local governments.
Donor: Gorta-Self Help Africa
Project budget: € 453,698

FAP seeks to reduce the high rate of new HIV/AIDS infections in Nebbi district especially in Pakwach, Panyimur and Erussi Sub Counties. By use of community driven peer-to-peer learning approach built on multi-communication channels, health facility linkages, community care and support system and community advocacy for better health services, FAP's goal is "to contribute to the prevention of new infections and mitigation of effects of HIV/AIDS in four Lower Local Governments in Nebbi district" especially targeting fisher-folk, Commercial Sex workers, boda boda riders, pregnant women, youth out of school and sero-discordant couples. It is envisaged that FAP will increase the adoption of safe sexual practices and biomedical prevention methods (e.g. testing, delivery in health facilities and reduction in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Donor: Civil Society Fund
Project budget: €170,857
Total E&P Uganda, Bv (TEPU) in response to the high risk of HIV/AIDS infection in petroleum exploration areas contracted AFARD to undertake a 1-year pilot evidence-informed positive behaviour change intervention targeting 1,000 people in Pakwach Town Council, Nebbi district. The goal of CCAP is "to contribute to the prevention of new infections and mitigation of effects of HIV/AIDS in Pakwach Town Council, Nebbi district." It is envisaged that the project will set a team of local change agents, increase adoption of safe sexual practices and biomedical prevention methods, promote positive living and improve social-cultural practices that increase susceptibility to infections.
Donor: Total E&P Uganda, Bv
Project budget: €44,571
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