Livelihoods

To empower vulnerable households to overcome poverty and food insecurity through sustainable, inclusive productivity and access to markets.

Contextual Analysis

The fight against poverty and hunger has seen some progress over the past 15 years. Globally, the proportion of undernourished people declined from 15% in 2000-2002 to 11% in 2014-2016. However, more than 790 million people still lack regular access to adequate food, descent shelter and regular incomes. If current trends continue, the zero poverty and hunger target will be largely missed by 2030.

Uganda has seen a slight reduction in monetary poverty where the Ugandan population living below the national poverty line declined from 31.1% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2013. It has been noted that progress in reducing poverty has been much slower in Northern and Eastern Uganda, and thus, the concentration of poverty is higher in these two regions. The proportion of the total number of poor people who live in the Northern and Eastern regions increased between 2006 and 2013, from 68% to 84%.

More than 80% of the world’s food-insecure live in places that are prone to natural hazards and characterized by land and ecosystem degradation. Uganda has a total population of 34.6 million (51 percent were females) in 2014, about 7 in every 10 households (69%) obtain their livelihood from subsistence farming.

SDG12 on ensuring responsible consumption and production recognizes that food waste and loss must be reduced along the food production chain to bring about food security and reduced income poverty. One third of employed persons are engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The agricultural sector is important to the Ugandan economy since it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributed about 26% to the GDP in 2015.

MUCOBADI will refocus on sustainable improvement of people’s health by: Improving both the ’supply‘ of health services (the availability and quality of services) and the ’demand for‘ services (uptake), Taking an  integrated approach which strengthens the health systems and addresses the greatest health needs among the most affected, focusing on improvements in the health of women of child-bearing age, children under five and adolescents, engaging families and communities in promoting positive health-related behaviour (both preventative and health-seeking), tackling social barriers, engaging a range of health service providers including government, private sector as well as empowering health rights holders to hold service providers to account while recognizing that government is the duty-bearer in the provision of health care and articulation of health policy.

To strengthen community capacity in production and post-harvest handling technologies to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects among the poor house holds

Strategic actions

  • Support resilient high yielding crop varieties and farm management practices among the poor farmers
  • Support rural farmers to adopt appropriate post-harvest handling practices
  • Support poor farmers to adapt to climate change through exposure to climate smart agriculture practices

To strengthen linkages between producers financial institutions and market based actors of viable production value chains among the poor house holds.

Strategic actions

  • Facilitate farmers to develop producer organisations for input purchases, collective bulking, and marketing
  • Facilitate linkages for farmer groups and organisations to formal financial institutions to enhance to access financial services
  • Develop capacity of producer organisations to advocate for favorable policy and regulatory environment.

To address barriers to gainful employment through skills enhancement, secure tenure and capital among young people and women.

Strategic Actions

  • Support vocational education for out of school young people to enhance their ability in enterprise development and job creation.
  • Facilitate access to affordable financial services through banking institutions, savings and micro-credit
  • Support pilot businesses, incubation and advisory centers for young people and women
Our Work

Farmers benefiting from on farm and off farm support

Youth entrepreneurs supported with startup grants

Community Savings and Credit Groups formed

UGX 557,230,200

CUMULATIVE SAVINGS BY COMMUNITIES
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