Black Affairs, Africa and Development
Uganda: DFID-UK Donates Sh4 Billion to Send a Cow
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has availed £1m (about Shs 4bn) for improvement of food security and incomes of 1,600 farmers in northern and eastern Uganda.
The project will be implemented over three years, by Send A Cow Uganda (Sacu), a local non-governmental organization with 25 years of experience in livelihoods improvement.
Esther Nalubwama Ssempebwa, the executive director of Send A Cow, said the money would be used to help families intensify agricultural productivity through sustainable organic farming, livestock production, animal traction, start-up seed, and promoting gender equality.
"Within the three years, Sacu will ensure that over 12,800 farmers in Lira, Oyam, Alebtong, Nwoya, Gulu, Amuru, Soroti, Mbale, Manafwa, Bududa, Sironko and Tororo districts are food and income-secure.
"Sacu shall have built communities that are resilient to climate change and the retrogressive practices that hinder women, men, boys and girls from achieving their full potential," she said.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Okware, the programme funding manager at Send a Cow Uganda, said the funding fitted well in the organization's five year strategic plan (2013-2018). The plan is intended to secure livelihoods of 10,000 vulnerable farmer households through climate-sensitive agriculture, economic empowerment, institutional development and gender mainstreaming.