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The agricultural sector in Uganda is a vital component of the economy, employing over 70% of the population and contributing to the country’s GDP. It encompasses various farming practices, including crop cultivation, livestock rearing, and fisheries. Crop cultivation is the most widespread agricultural activity, involving the growth of a wide range of crops such as maize, beans, bananas, coffee, tea, and cotton. Livestock rearing, which includes animals such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, plays a significant role in providing food, income, and employment opportunities. Fisheries are also essential, particularly in communities near lakes and rivers, with a focus on diverse fish species and both traditional and modern fishing methods. 

The agricultural sector in Uganda faces various challenges, including limited access to modern farming techniques, inadequate infrastructure, climate change, pests and diseases, and limited access to markets. To address these challenges and promote sustainable agriculture, the government and various organizations are implementing initiatives such as providing farmers with improved seeds, training on modern farming practices, and developing infrastructure like irrigation systems and storage facilities. 

Despite these challenges, Uganda’s agricultural sector has enormous potential to transform the economy and improve the livelihoods of its people. Efforts to promote sustainable agriculture and address the existing challenges are crucial for the sector’s continued growth and for enhancing the well-being of farmers in Uganda. 

The challenges facing Uganda’s agricultural sector are highly correlated with regional climatic trends. Between 2010-15, East Africa experienced one of the most significant climate-induced harvest failure and erratic food price spikes, combined with other structural issues, including limited knowledge and skills for climate-smart agriculture; lack of climate-resilient storage, transportation, and processing infrastructure, which have severe impacts on the agriculture and land use sectors[1][2]. 

Uganda’s agricultural potential is hindered by poor agricultural practices, low technological adoption, insecurity over land ownership, poor access to extension services, low-quality inputs, and lack of credit. The sector’s growth is also impeded by the lack of quality packaging capabilities, insufficient storage facilities, poor post-harvest handling practices, shortage of agricultural credit, high freight costs, and limited knowledge of modern production practices[4][5]. 


[1] https://www.theigc.org/sites/default/files/2018/01/fiala-and-appel-policy-brief.pdf 



[4] https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/uganda/publication/making-farming-more-productive-and-profitable-for-ugandan-farmers 

[5] https://www.trade.gov/country-commercial-guides/uganda-agricultural-sector 

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