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Information Sheet of Rice Related Project/Program in CARD First Group Countries
1. Country Uganda
2. Title (Full name) Dissemination of NERICA and Improved Rice Production Systems to Reduce Poverty and Food Deficit in Uganda
3. Project Location Hoima, Masindi, Gulu, Lira, Mbale, Tororo, Wakiso, Mpigi
4. Type of project 3
1. Grant, 2. Loan, 3. Technical Coop./Assistance, 4. National budget, 5. Private sector
5. Field of support 3 4 6 9
1. Policy, 2. R & D, 3. Extension & Training, 4. Production, 5. Marketing
6. Post-harvest, 7. Irrigation, 8. Credit, 9. Seed, 10. Other ( specify below )
6. Fund sources
(Funding agency)
FAO (Government of Japan)
7. Budget USD 1 239 983
8. Project duration Start: 29 Nov. 2006
(dd/mm/yy) End: 28 Nov. 2008
9. Goal and objectives Goal: 1) To increase rice production and income of the resource-poor farmers’ through up-scaling the dissemination of NERICA and other rice technologies.
2) To promote the efficient use of natural resources.
3) To build the national and local capacity in rice-based production systems.
Obj.: 1) To disseminate NERICA rice and improved production technologies to 900 hectares in four project sites with the aim of improving rice production to reduce poverty and food deficit of the poor population with 30 percent increase in yield through organizing participatory workshops.
2) To increase the capacity of farming communities on Community-Based Production to assure adequate supply of NERICA rice seed for project’s activities and eventually post-project expansion of NERICA rice production, as well as to manage rice technologies (tractors, dehullers, threshers, pmps, etc.) on a sustainable basis.
3) To strengthen national capacity in key areas, especially rice crop management and production, seed production and post-harvest activities for sustainable increased rice production
10. Target beneficiaries Direct: 1) Small-scale food insecure farmers (both men and women)
2) Extension workers
11. Project component (activities) 1. 1.1.1. Organize a participatory workshop to raise awareness and participation of all stakeholders, to select first project site, and to identify participating farmers.
1.1.2. Purchase and distribute NERICA seeds, inputs and appropriate small farm tools and equipment for rice production, harvesting and post-harvest operation.
1.1.3. Purchase and introduce improved milling equipment and training of milling operators.
1.1.4. Conduct baseline surveys and participatory constraint analysis of rice production systems.
1.1.5. Organize field days.
1.2.1. Identify and introduce appropriate technology packages.
1.2.2. Conduct training of trainers.
1.2.3. Organize Farmer Field Schools and carry out training.
1.2.4. Prepare, publish and distribute guidelines and manual.
1.2.5. Organize regional and national level workshops.
1.2.6. Organize regional and national field days.
2. 2.1.1. Carry out inventories of suitable inland valley swamps for improvement.
2.1.2. Organize participatory meetings to sensitize farmers to participate in development work.
2.1.3. Organize training sessions on land and water development in inland valley swamp (IVS).
2.2.1. Reactivate/consolidate FA.
2.2.2. Strengthen FA.
2.2.3. Organize management training for FA persons concerned.
2.3.1. Purchase and distribute foundation or registered seeds of NERICA, inputs, farm tools and equipment for seed production.
2.3.2. Organize training for contract seed growers and selected farmers on seed production, purification and conservation.
2.3.3. Arrangement of good but low-cost seed storage facilities.
2.3.4. Develop capacity of the agricultural extension unit.
2.3.5. Monitor and technically guide farmers.
2.3.6. Organize seed campaigns.
2.3.7. Prepare, publish and distribute guidelines and manual.
2.4.1. Clarify the future ownership of the equipment
2.4.2. Define management of each type of equipment.
2.4.3. Carry out training in the operation of each type of equipment.
2.4.4. Carry out training in the maintenance of each type of equipment.
3. 3.1.1. Organize short-term/intensive trainings for extension staff/national officers.
3.1.2. Provision of support to the participation the project coordinator in meetings.
3.1.3. Provision of support to the evaluation of new NERICA lines.
12. Expected results (outputs) 1. 1.1. NERICA rice grown on about 900 hectares and productivity increased by 30 percent.
1.2. The knowledge and skills of about 1800 farmers on crop management and rice-based cropping systems were improved through Farmer Field Schools.
2. 2.1. About 120 ha of swamp area in 3 project sites are being developed or reclaimed/rehabilitated with the participation of local farmers (40 ha/site).
2.2. The capacities of six Farmers’ Associations (FA), incl. women’s groups, were strengthened for their activities in NERICA seed production and marketing.
2.3. At least 200 tons of NERICA seeds produced and disseminated to poor farmers in two years (60 tons in the second season of the first year and 70 tons each season in the second year.
2.4. The rice equipment (tractors, dehullers, pumps, threshers, etc.) are managed by farmers’ organisations or communities on a sustainable basis.
3. 3.1. The technical and managerial capacity of at least 36 extension workers, subject matter specialists on rice crop management and production, seed production and selected post-harvest activities were strengthened.
13. Inputs 1. Personnel, Consultants, Contracts, Equipment and Materials
2. Training and Workshops
3. Duty travel
14. Implementing agency Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
15. Status of the project 4 1. Pipeline, 2. Approved, 3. Ongoing, 4. Completed
16. Issues/problems • Low implementation capacities of the farmers/farmer groups – this was built through training.
• Low technical capacity of local government extention staff - this was built through training.
• Poverty – among the beneficiaries.
• Inadequate market information
• Inadequate storage facilities
• General lack of agricultural inputs, including inadequate credit facilities.

Keywords: NERICA, Seed production, Marketing, Farmers' associations, Agricultural technology dissemination, Inland valley swamps, Capacity building