Uganda is often described as the “Pearl of Africa,” due to its abundant natural resources, tropical climate, rich soils and well-distributed rainfall, which provide an ideal environment for its agricultural sector, which employs 80 percent of the country’s workforce.
80% of Uganda's workforce is in the agricultural sector.
Despite these natural advantages, over 20% of the population still live below the poverty line. Although subsistence farming currently dominates agriculture in Uganda, the sector has great potential to drive major economic growth and lift millions of people out of poverty.
For more than a decade, TechnoServe has been working in Uganda with farmers, cooperatives, suppliers and processors to strategically develop competitive industries around key agricultural markets, including dairy, coffee, horticulture, and staples such as maize and beans. We help farmers improve agricultural practices, assist producer organizations to strengthen operations, and identify opportunities for investment in agriculture. Additionally, we support the diversification of Uganda’s economy through entrepreneurship programs that empower young men and women to create thriving businesses.