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Agriculture in Uganda

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • President Museveni Urges Ugandans To Invest in Agriculture

    UGANDA, 2016/11/04 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is urging citizens to invest their resources in agriculture, according to a recent press release from the statehouse. During a visit to Luweero District, the president walked from home to home during a three-day tour of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) project. According to the Ministry of Defense, OWC aims to eradicate poverty in the country through sustainable agricultural production. he Ministry notes that while the project has had its successes, it as well has faced challenges, inclunding post-harvest losses, low levels of financing, weak inter-ministerial and sectoral linkages, and quality issues for both breeding and planting inputs and outputs.
  • China-aided bamboo agri-business pays off Will Istanbul summit offer viable solution

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  • Agriculture for nutrition at Global Panel-African Union

    UGANDA, 2015/10/31 The African continent is suffering from the burden of malnutrition. A reported 58 million children under the age of five are too short for their age (stunted) and 13.9 million weigh too little for their age (wasted). On the other hand, 10.3 million children in the same age group are overweight. Governments across Africa have made pledges to address this double burden of malnutrition, but a lot still remains to be done to ensure good nutrition for all. Against this backdrop, the Ugandan Prime Minister Honorable Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda presided over a high-level conference organised jointly by the African Union Commission and World Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. The breakfast conference brought together policymakers, international organisations and civil society representatives in Kampala, as part of events leading up to the commemoration of the 6th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security.
  • Ugandan sugar deals continued yesterday,

    UGANDA, 2015/08/18 The political battle over Ugandan sugar deals continued yesterday, with Deputy President William Ruto accusing Cord leader Raila Odinga of owing the ailing Mumias Sugar Company millions of shillings. Without mentioning Mr Odinga by name, Mr Ruto said politicians who owe Mumias money should be made to pay their debts. Speaking in Matungu constituency, in the Mumias sugar belt, Mr Ruto told Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale to ask his colleagues in Cord to pay their debts because they were part of the problems that contributed to the near collapse of the giant miller. "I saw my friend Khalwale at a press conference with some of the people who owe Mumias Sugar millions of shillings and I thought he would tell them to pay up the debts," said Mr Ruto.
  • Workshop on Africa’s food safety underway in Uganda

    UGANDA, 2014/12/20 Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review evolution made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, inclunding African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere. Therefore, matters of codex are critical for Africa since they contribute to ensuring health and safety of the consumers while enhancing equitable food trade,” Mr Samuel Senkungu, Uganda’s Trade Ministry Permanent Secretary, was quoted as saying at the opening ceremony.
  • Fish Exports On a Steady Decline

    UGANDA, 2013/05/07 Illegal fishing methods and insufficient monitoring and enforcements of existing regulations have played their part in the decline of fish stocks for local consumption and export in not only Lake Victoria, but as well lakes Albert and George. Statistics from the Department of Fisheries Resources (DFR) in the fisheries ministry show that next increasing from 1,664 tonnes valued at $1.4m in 1990, to 36,615 tonnes valued at $143.6m in 2005, fish exports to overseas markets dropped to 16,480 tonnes, worth $89.1m by 2011.
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.
  • Dr. Samuel Mugasi, the NAADS executive director,

    UGANDA, 2013/04/02 Some officials are blaming NAADS troubles on failure to stick to the original objectives. According to Dr. Samuel Mugasi, the NAADS executive director, the programme was originally intended to provide advisory services to farmers. In this mandate, the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) was supposed to organise workshops to train farmers on how to improve their productivity through acquiring skills. 
  • How can African agriculture be more productive?

    UGANDA, 2012/12/30 Better roads and irrigation would help, but there is no one silver bullet to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa oNE of the prime things that strikes you in Katine, in north-east Uganda, as you move around the sub-county is how much land seems to be lying fallow. The area could not be described as intensively farmed. Again, of course, the plots of land on which people subsist seem tiny – not much bigger than a generous allotment. An extra puzzle is that farmers rely on unpredictable rains and often lose crops to drought, from presently on Katine borders Lake Kyoga, a huge lake. A fifth of Uganda's landmass is covered by lakes and swamps, from presently on there is very little irrigation.