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Uganda to Benefit from Ugx320billion Food Security Fund

Uganda is among the countries slated to benefit from over three hundred and twenty billion shillings for food security in selected African countries.
Naoko Nisi, CEO and Chairperson Global Environment Facility
Uganda is among the countries slated to benefit from over three hundred and twenty billion shillings for food security in selected African countries.

The World Bank Group\'s Global Environment Facility (GEF) in a statement on Thursday said 106 million dollar funding will finance the pilot program entitled Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Global Environment Facility Chief Executive Naoko Ishii said the funding as Uganda and most of the African countries face pressure to transform their agricultural practices so as to attain high inputs and high yielding varieties.

She noted that the intensification of inputs was likely to undermine natural capital- soil, land, trees and genetic resources especially social and the environment.

“Sustainability of the natural capital — land, water, soil, trees, and genetic resources — that underpins food and nutrition security, must be ensured by bridging the gap between traditional and modern farming practices. Smallholder agriculture, which accounts for more than 70 percent of agricultural production in Sub-Saharan Africa, can benefit from a holistic approach to management of natural capital.” said Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson.

The pilot programe according to Naoko Ishii will enable smallholder farmers in the dryland regions of Sub-Saharan Africa ensure the sustainability and resilience of production systems.

Twelve Africa dryland countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda) will participate in the program.

These dryland regions according to the statement face the greatest threat of environmental degradation in smallholder farms, and are therefore well placed to harness good practices such as soil and water conservation, diversification of farmlands, and integrated management of crops and livestock.

Richard Lerisien Lesiyampe, from Kenya endorsed this  integrated programmatic approach saying the  whole world must develop a framework for food security.

The total GEF financing of $106.5 million will be supplemented by $805.36 million co-financed from the governments, development agencies, foundations, international organizations, and the private sector.

Parliament of Uganda in April approved a loan to support Livelihood systems in the drought-prone arid lands of the Horn of Africa. Financing from the loan secured under Inter-Governmental Authority on Development(IGAD) will be used to co-finance this program

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