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Understanding the Recent Food Price Trends in Uganda

Fact Sheet No. 4: The global food price crisis has worsened the food security situation for many developing countries especially those that are net food importers. High food prices are once again threatening to push millions of people into hunger around the world. 

The Ugandan case on internal imbalances in food distribution presupposes that barriers to free movement of food commodities such as import restrictions, trade bans and poor intra-regional infrastructure could hinder the flow of food commodities between surplus and deficit countries within the East African region. 

The brief illustrates that increasing food prices in Uganda have had major effects of eroding people?s purchasing power especially among the low income groups. This has had significant implications for food security as people, especially the net buyers, afford less food.

Farmer Groups and Access to Agricultural Services and Technologies in Uganda

Fact Sheet No. 3 focuses on farmer groups and their access to extension services, their use of agricultural technologies. 

Dairy Sector Growth in Uganda since the 1990s

Fact Sheet No. 2: Driven largely by dairy, the livestock sector has maintained positive growth rates averaging 3 percent per annum compared to the declining (and often negative) growth rates registered in the food and cash crop sub sectors.

Dairy Sector Reforms and Transformation in Uganda since the 1990s
The dairy sector in Uganda has responded positively to agricultural sector liberalisation policies that took effect in the 1990s. Development of the value chain in the dairy sector has led to employment creation and income generation not only for the 700,000 dairy farming households but also for input and equipment dealers, raw milk traders, transporters, large scale milk processors and distributors. Transformation from a government controlled marketing system to a more competitive sector has resulted in private sector businesses, cooperative societies and NGOs becoming active players in the supply of essential inputs, crossbreeding and veterinary extension services.
Why a Fertilizer Policy for Uganda?

Declining soil fertility is cited in Uganda's Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan for 2010/11-2014/15 as one of the major challenges to increasing crop production in Uganda.

Constraints to Fertiliser Use in Uganda: Insights from Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/09
Uganda's agriculture faces a multitude of challenges including low productivity, declining soil fertility and degradation of the natural resource base. To reverse and/or minimise the challenges, judicious use of fertilisers is highly recommended. Yet few agricultural households in Uganda use fertilisers, and when they are used, it is often in lower quantities than recommended. 
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