In Uganda, the 12,960 farmers from six districts that SD=HS works in, are part of the 75% of Ugandan citizens who derive their livelihoods from agriculture. They practice agriculture on a small scale, are economically unstable and thus face difficulties in increasing their financial investments in agriculture. Their food systems are threatened by  extreme heat waves, incidental floods, pests and disease outbreaks in crops, livestock and poultry. They operate in environments where progressive policies remain unimplemented or delayed for approval. Their right to key productive resources such as land, seeds, water and finances are continuously being trampled upon by some influential government officials and even some private sector actors.

Our goal in Uganda is that 12,960 smallholder farmers, especially women and youths, from six districts enjoy their Farmers’ Rights and have the capacity to access, develop and use plant genetic resources to improve their food and nutrition security under conditions of climate change by 2022. We believe this is attainable by supporting resilient farming communities that are better able to access, develop and sustainably use plant genetic resources, by increasing market access to high-quality seeds of diverse crops and varieties adapted to farmers’ needs and preferences, by strengthening coping strategies during the hunger period through improved utilization of neglected or underutilized species and by engaging in policy processes to create an enabling policy and institutional environment for the implementation of Farmers’ Rights and the further strengthening of local farmers’ seed systems.

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