IITA in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country that borders Central Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the West, Kenya to the East, South Sudan to the North, and Tanzania to the South. It has a tropical climate with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August) and semiarid ecology in the northeast.
Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Uganda; it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributes nearly a quarter of the GDP. The main agricultural crops include grains, sugarcane, cotton, tea, and coffee which accounts for 20% of total export earnings and a third of foreign exchange earnings. Under the National Development Plan 2, there is an emphasis on agro processing and value addition of traditional cash crops mainly in cotton ginning, tea processing, coffee hauling, and tobacco handling.
IITA has been in Uganda for the last 25 years.
Featured Projects in Uganda
- Climate smart coffee and cocoa: from theory to practice (CSCC)
- Healthy seedling systems for safer, more productive vegetables in East Africa
- Next Generation Cassava Breeding
- Policy action for sustainable intensification of Ugandan cropping systems (PASIC)
- Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa) Phase II
Currency: Ugandan shilling
Area (total): 241,038 sq km (93,072 sq miles)
Population: 41.9 million people (World Bank 2016)
IITA staff: 112
IITA’s mandate crops in Uganda are:
Banana & plantain, Cassava, Soybean, Maize and Cowpea