Uganda, which lies across the equator, is divided into three main areas—swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. The country is heavily affected by deforestation. In 1990 Uganda had more than five million hectares of forest, but only 3.5 million hectares remained by 2005. If deforestation continues Uganda is at a risk of having lost all its forested land by 2050. Agriculture is crucial for growth and reduction of poverty in Uganda. More than 80 percent of the population is engaged in agricultural activities as the main source of income. The biggest challenges for the small-holder farmers is the population pressure, deforestation, poor access to financial markets and climate change.
Vi Agroforestry has 3 ongoing projects and 1 overall programme in Uganda. Our work in the country focus on improving the lives of smallholder farmers through agroforestry and by strengthening the capacity of farmer organisations. Our work empower farmer families to reduce poverty, hunger, and deforestation, and contribute to increased biodiversity. Vi Agroforestry is running 1 carbon offsetting project in Uganda.
Our work in Uganda
ResultsTake a look at the result of Vi Agroforestry Uganda's work 2017.
Winnie had a dream
Winnie Nakavuma is a farmer, living in the village of Kikalala in Masaka District, Central Uganda. Through Vi Agroforestry and Masaka District Farmers´ Association she has received training on tree planting and on how to create ditches to lead rainwater into her field. “I had a dream when we moved here, that the farm would be green and filled with people and animals. This dream has become a reality today”, she says. The trees do not only contribute to improved crop yield but also serve as fodder for the animals. After constructing a wood-saving stove, Winnie saves a lot of time which previously was used for cooking and collection of firewood. “I no longer need to rush through life”, she says, “today I save both time and money, and can spend more time with my children