Uganda

HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in Uganda by promoting orange sweet potato that provides more vitamin A and beans that provide more iron in the diet. We work with more than 15 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to breed, test, and release varieties of OSP developed in partnership with the International Potato Center (CIP) and iron beans developed through the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Sweet potatoes rank third among the common food staples in Uganda, and are often eaten with beans in many parts of the country. 

We establish and train local multipliers to produce vines and seeds, and we engage local labs to micro-propagate clean vines. Poor farmers receive vines or seeds that they “pay forward” by sharing with other farmers upon harvest. Our NGO partners train farm households in seed production and processing, nutrition, post-harvest handling, and marketing.

Through our outreach and public awareness campaigns, we leverage extension services and mass media to disseminate information on micronutrient deficiencies and the benefits of OSP and iron beans.

We also train “lead mothers” to further share this information along with recommended feeding, hygiene and sanitation practices within their communities. We raise demand for OSP and iron beans through activities with a range of stakeholders, including schools and local governments.

To increase the volume of marketed vines, roots, and seed, we target commercial farmers and markets in rural and urban areas.

“My grandchildren now look healthy and eat to their satisfaction because I have enough. I do not regret having planted the orange sweet potatoes.”
— Kedress Barugahare, 60-year-old farmer from Kamwenge District

Country Contacts

Sylvia Magezi
Country Manager-Uganda,
c/o IFPRI 15 East Naguru Road, Upper Naguru, P.O. Box 28565, Kampala,
Phone: +256 (0) 414287107
Email: s.magezi@cgiar.org

Partners

  • Africa 2000 Network
  • BioCrops
  • Caritas - Hoima Diocese
  • Community Enterprise Development Organization (CEDO) Seeds
  • Farm Radio International
  • International Potato Center (CIP)
  • Kigarama Cooperative and Marketing Society
  • Makerere University, Department of Agricultural Production
  • Mbarara University - Healthy Child Uganda Project
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
  • Ministry of Health
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NaCRRI)
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Senai Biosciences
  • Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO)
  • World Vision

 

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