Fresh Fruit Nexus: Sustainable livelihoods for refugee and host farmers in Northern Uganda

Catalyzing sustainable market development and entrepreneurship by training smallholder farmers to grow certified organic fruit and vegetables.

DanChurchAid in Uganda

This project aims to catalyze sustainable market development and entrepreneurship in West Nile, Uganda, host to more than 1 million refugees, by training smallholder farmers to grow certified organic fruit and vegetables for export. The development objective is to improve smallholders’ livelihoods through increased income opportunities for refugee and host community farmers, especially women and unemployed youth, creating income opportunities for at least 1,500 farmers and 221 jobs in the fresh fruit and vegetable value chain (contributing to SDG targets 8.5, 8.6). The commercial objective is to promote an energy efficient and sustainable cold chain for organic products to ready-to-sell markets, including Denmark (contributing to SDG targets 8.1, 8.2), via sea transport to reduce CO2 emissions. It links SDG8 with the “leave no one behind” principle through inclusive market development.

To date, this project has created income opportunities for 337 farmers cumulatively; whose capacities were built in production of organic commodities acceptable in the European market and resulting into 191 jobs being created (141 certified organic farmers for OFSP and 50 for turmeric). The 191 farmers have accessed both internal and international markets for their products which has earned them a cumulative revenue of UGX: 122,950,000 from sale of orange flesh sweet potato and turmeric.

Working towards a viable business case, the project has also engaged in a process of product selection to meet the market preferences, with Europe being the primary market of choice. Local varieties of Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) were found not suitable due to differences in taste and texture and a new variety (Beauregard) was acquired from Europe and adapted to the Ugandan climate. This new variety was successfully tested and commercial production by farmers commenced in the second season of 2020.

About the project

Period: December 2018 – December 2023

Budget: 11,653,000 DKK (8,000,000 from Danida and 3,653,000 from DCA and commercial partners)

Donor: Danida (DMDP)

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