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Approximately 80 percent of Uganda’s 31 million inhabitants are involved in agricultural activities. Uganda is blessed with fertile soils, ample rainfall and a number of vital natural resources which have helped Uganda’s economy remain relatively stable. Despite this, 40 percent of Ugandans still lack access to clean water and 37 percent live below the poverty line. Violence against women continues to be widely tolerated and is also a leading factor of increased infection levels of HIV/AIDS in Ugandan women over men.
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Our Work in Uganda
The Hunger Project has been working in Uganda since 1999 and is currently empowering close to 70,000 people across 11 epicentre communities to end their own hunger and poverty.
Through our integrated approach to rural development (the Epicentre Strategy), we are enabling people to successfully access the basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and lead lives of self-reliance.
Improving Environmental Sustainability
Environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of our work in Hunger Project epicentre communities in Uganda. Many Hunger Project people in Uganda use energy stoves, which reduce firewood consumption by an average of 60 percent. Women have replaced their cooking fire or three-stone stoves with more efficient clay stoves which burn less wood. In this way, women do not have to spend as much time collecting firewood. Efficient stoves mean less work for women.
The Hunger Project in Uganda has been successful at creating long-term partnerships with a number of organisations including Bead for Life, Mildmay, Catholic Relief Services, Ford Foundation and local government.
A partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Kiboga Epicentre builds the capacity of rural partners to prepare and respond to a number of diseases affecting their main crop: cassava. Diseases have devastated harvests and continue to threaten the food security and incomes of cassava-dependent families. This four-year partnership with CRS is helping partners to protect their harvests and increase their yields and household incomes.
In Uganda we have also partnered with AFFORD and received 3,000 treated anti-malarial bednets for partners in Mpigi Epicentre. In the fight against malaria, Hunger Project animators are enrolled as community drug distributors who are trained by the government and given malaria drugs to distribute. Detailed records are kept of which partners have received nets and accessed malaria treatment drugs.
Through our microfinance programme, The Hunger Project has distributed US$688,134 in microloans to 7,695 partners.
Of the 11 epicentres that are operating in Uganda, six have government-recognised Rural Banks and have been declared self-reliant.
Meet Daisy our Country Director in Uganda, learn more about the key initiatives that are empowering people to end their own hunger or take action now and get involved