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June 29, 2020

USAID Uganda Feed the Future Youth Leadership for Agriculture activity (2015-2020) Lessons Learned and Recommendations

Tpoista Tukahirwa.
June 29, 2020

This week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), part of the U.S. Mission in Uganda, celebrated the 350,000 youth who gained skills to thrive in the agriculture sector and improve their entrepreneurship abilities via the five-year USAID Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA) Activity. Between July 2015 and June 2020, YLA helped increase incomes and improve livelihoods of Ugandan youth between the ages of 10 and 35 through improved skills and competencies. The activity worked closely with 38 private sector organizations, opening economic pathways in the agricultural sector for hundreds of thousands of young people. 

Swarm of mature desert locusts in Kenya.
June 18, 2020

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded a new activity this week to confront the desert locust infestation threatening eastern and northeastern Uganda.  USAID’s $134,862 investment will support the Government of Uganda to take measures against the infestation and its devastating impacts on people’s livelihoods and food security.  The locust outbreak, the worst in decades in East Africa, is affecting the farming and cattle herding communities in Karamoja, Teso, Acholi, and Lango, some of the poorest and most marginalized regions in Uganda. 

June 18, 2020

Nasulu Webakila, the Local Council 1 Chairman of Nansasa village, Mbale District, is committed to ensuring that no woman or baby loses their life due to challenges in providing and accessing health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USAID Uganda Voucher Plus Activity engaged Nasulu to travel door-to-door visiting  mothers in the program with information about safe deliveries, post-natal care, family planning and immunization in health facilities with qualified attendants.

June 16, 2020

In 2009, Jalia Tumuheirwe left her parent’s home in Kyenjojo District in Western Uganda. She wanted a new life, a new home, and a family of her own. She settled in Damasko village in Kamwenge, where she lives with her husband and their four children.  They built their home on a quarter acre of land where they had to grow crops for their survival. It was barely enough land for their activities. Jalia resorted to working on people’s farms for food and when the burden got heavier, she sold their only two goats so that they would have some money to buy food. When scarcity stretched for several years, Jalia’s hopes for a better life dimmed. 


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