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Coffee Production a Golden Opportunity for Rural Youth Employment

Coffee is one crop production activity that has not yet been exploited fully as a promising source of employment, especially for the youth in rural Uganda. 

Options for Improving Girls' Access to Secondary Education in Uganda

Despite the advent of Universal Secondary Education (USE) in Uganda, only 25 percent of girls supposed to be in secondary school were enrolled in 2011. 

Opportunities for Improving Communities' Welfare through Tourism: Murchison Falls National Park

The rich and largely untapped Uganda's tourism potential remains an important avenue for economic growth and welfare improvement of communities living around the national parks. This policy brief examines how growth of tourism could improve the welfare of the communities living around the Murchison Falls National Park.

Community Expectations and Environmental Aspects in Uganda's Oil and Gas Sector

The discovery of abundant mineral resources has raised popular expectations that Uganda will have abundant financial means for social economic transformation and poverty reduction. However, it also poses some long-term environmental risks to Uganda. This policy brief explains the potential impacts of oil activities on communities and their environment and also discusses the expectations of the communities with regard to the oil discoveries.

Maximizing Benefits of Oil Extraction in Uganda

Recent exploration efforts in Uganda's oil and gas industry have had immense success. The most recent data indicates that about 3.5 billion barrels of crude oil has so far been confirmed to exist underneath the Albertine Valley. This policy brief examines how Uganda can accelerate growth and maintain intergenerational equity using oil resource. 

Lessons for Uganda from the Vietnam Success Story in the Coffee Sub-Sector

This brief uses FAO time series data to show Vietnam's remarkable success in the coffee sub-sector to draw lessons for Uganda. Results reveal that the pathways to Vietnam's success story included: acreage expansion under coffee, input intensification and establishment of effective policies as strategies supported by the government.

Improving Youth Employment Opportunities along Maize Value Chain

The thinking from international development practitioners and government agencies is bent towards harnessing the idea of developing agricultural value chains as potential avenues for creating employment in rural areas, and poverty reduction.

Better Nutrition for Children in Uganda: The Policymaker's Role

This policy brief examines some of the causes of malnutrition amongst women and children in Uganda, including poor feeding practices; lack of breastfeeding, quality solid foods, and supplements; and the absence of weight monitoring for children. 

Trade opportunities from the EU-ACP EPAs: Prospects for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables subsector in Uganda

With the signing of the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements in January 2009, Uganda as a member of the ACP, should endeavor to re-strategize itself to benefit from the opportunities such trading blocs create through increased trade. Trade is likely to increase with EPA in place and this is likely to lead to biodiversity conservation challenges amidst the need for increased production. 

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