Uganda and FAO - Building resilience and food and nutrition security


Matching FAO’s expertise to Uganda’s development priorities

FAO cooperation with Uganda is shaped by the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF), jointly developed with the Government and other partners. The CPF is fully aligned with national and regional development priorities as well as the UN Development Assistance Framework for Uganda. A new CPF is currently being finalized for 2015 through 2019, with a focus on three priority areas:

  • Production and productivity of agriculture, forestry and fisheries commodities - Agricultural knowledge and information

  • Resilience to livelihood threats, with an emphasis on climate change

Prior to this, cooperation was guided by the 2010-2014 CPF, reflecting Uganda’s National Development Plan and agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan.
It contained five priority areas:

  • Policy, strategy and planning, including assistance in the development and implementation of policies and programmes to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and poverty. FAO assisted in formulation of the National Development Plan, the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan, the Marketing and Agro-Processing Strategy (MAPS), the National Dairy Strategy, Food and Nutrition Policy and Bill, and the Food and Nutrition Strategy and Food Safety Bill.

  • Production and productivity, with FAO supporting the Government across an extensive range of activities, including: multiplication and distribution of quality seeds; plant protection; transboundary animal disease prevention and control; crop and livestock extension services; livestock nutrition; and fisheries and aquaculture production.

  • Value addition, agro-processing and marketing, including provision of food processing equipment, market information and storage facilities for farmer groups. Using a value chain approach, FAO initiated the promotion of trade and access to markets by smallholder farmers, including trade across regional borders.

  • Agricultural knowledge, information and education, including support to generation of reliable and detailed information on food security and malnutrition levels. FAO has implemented the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in Uganda, improving food security analysis and decision-making.

  • Sustainable natural resource management, strengthening forestry planning frameworks and forestry administration and management skills; promoting stakeholder cooperation to reduce illegal timber harvesting and charcoal trade; promoting agroforestry for food and fibre production, resilient cropping and grassland environments, and improved food and nutrition security.