Poverty levels in the northern Uganda remain the highest in the nation (UBOS, 2016). Rice, a strategic crop in the national agricultural development strategy and a key crop in the multi-annual-strategic plan of the Dutch Embassy in Kampala has very low average yields from farmlands in northern Uganda. In the region, smallholder rice farmlands are cultivated every season with little soil nutrient replenishment. The land is often left un-utilized in between rice crops resulting in reduced land productivity. We propose to introduce greengram in rice cropping system to increase land productivity, improve soil fertility, and enhance farmer’s income and nutrition among women and youth. We will also evaluate use of rhizobia inoculum to inoculate greengram and develop farmer-centred seed production and business. An ICT-enabled knowledge sharing framework will be established to enhance farmers’ information access. Up-to 1,500 smallholder farmers will be assisted to improve their household incomes, food and nutrition security.
Consortium partners: Bernard Obaa (Makerere University), Robert Amayo of the National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI🙂 which is part of National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Bernard B. Conilh de Beyssac (SNV Netherlands Development Organisation -Uganda)