Promotion of Rural Development in Northern Uganda (PRU-DEV)
More than 80 per cent of the Ugandan population live in rural areas, the majority of them earning a living from agriculture-based economic activities. However, agricultural production, productivity and value creation through processing in Uganda are low by regional standards. The poor performance of agriculture is reflected in low yields, high post-harvest losses, poor quality of agricultural products and inadequate knowledge, for example about climate-adapted farming and irrigation methods. This is particularly true of Northern Uganda, which is poorly developed and disproportionately affected by poverty compared with Central and Western Uganda. Only few measures are being undertaken by the Ugandan government to promote the rural economy.
This is where the project “Promoting Rural Development in Northern Uganda (PRUDEV)” comes in. PRUDEV aims at improving the agriculture-based development of the rural economy in six districts of Northern Uganda: Agago, Amolatar, Dokolo, Kitgum, Lira and Oyam. In addition, economic challenges resulting from climate change aspects are being taken up by mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in local planning processes and through CSA actions jointly developed and implemented by public, private and civil society partners.
Within the wider PRUDEV project context, the ICON team works along three strategic lines of activity:
- Capacity Development aiming at strengthening institutional and individual capacities of public, private and civil society partners for the participative development of an agriculture-based local economy;
- Initiation and technical support to the implementation of Public-Private Dialogue Fora (PPDs), improving the coordination and cooperation of district administrations, private sector and civil society actors and creating an enabling environment for agri-based local economic development (LED);
- Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), supporting the implementation of concrete LED oriented measures at local level.
More specifically, since September 2018, the ICON team has provided support through training and coaching on aspects of LED and climate-smart agriculture. Local administrations, political leaders and private sector partners have been trained in understanding and participating in local planning processes. In several dialogue formats, such as sector platform, business roundtables and others, business and market opportunities as well as bottlenecks and barriers for climate-smart, agricultural investments and business development have been discussed. As a result, several initiatives have been developed where stakeholders from the public, the private and the civil society sector jointly address the challenges and unleash the potential for local economic development.
10/09/2018 - 30/09/2022
Infrastructure and Rural Development
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH