Cassava Applied Research for Food Security in Northern Uganda
Aim: This project will focus on cassava, the most important staple crop in this region of Northern Uganda. To sustainably improve the food security situation, initiatives will aim to boost production and utilization and improve market access.
Objective: The objective of this project is to improve the food security situation of 2,500 direct beneficiaries, of which 60% will be female, in the districts of Lira and Oyam in Northern Uganda, through applied research on cassava to boost production and utilization by 2018.
Method: The project will be implemented through a co-creation approach, where NaCRRI, will work closely with farmers, NGOs, and the Private Sector. Project interventions will be based on applied research where NACRRI will work with farmers to evaluate and test the near-release six cassava varieties; increasing farmers’ knowledge on disease management, increasing farmer access to quality cassava planting materials as well as improve quality of cassava and cassava products for better market access.
Dutch policy goals: Increased sustainable agricultural production; Improved access to better nutrition; and More efficient markets.
Duration: January 2016 – January 2019