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Information Sheet of Rice Related Project/Program in CARD First Group Countries
1. Country Uganda
2. Title (Full name) Project for Agriculture and Rural Development through Innovative Rice-based Farming Systems for Food Security and Poverty Reduction in Republic of Uganda
3. Project Location Central – North part of Uganda involving 9 districts namely Amolotar,
Amoro, Apac, Dokolo, Gulu, Kitgum, Lira, Oyam and Pader
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 US$ 1 499 400
8. Project duration Start: 2008
(dd/mm/yy) End: 2010
9. Goal and objectives Goal: 1) To increase rice production and income of the resource-poor farmers’ by promoting innovative NERICA rice-based technologies.
2) To anchor the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on their farms.
Obj.: 1) Strengthening national capacity in the formulation of programme aiming at reducing hunger and poverty in rural areas through sustainable increase of rice production.
2) Enhancement of the sustainable intensification of rice-based production systems through introduction of innovative practices in NERICA-based cropping systems.
3) Development of a sustainable quality seed production and distribution systems of NERICA rice varieties at national and community levels
4) Improvement of rice post-harvest technologies at household/community level through demonstrations, rehabilitation of post-harvest pilot centres and dissemination of technologies in line with identified needs.
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 Establish national Project Steering Committee (PSC)
1.1.2 Establish Project Technical Working Group (PTWG)
1.1.3 Conduct baseline survey and finalize selection of the project sites.
1.1.4 Organize project workshops (Inception, Mid-term and Final).
1.1.5 Conduct monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.
1.2.1 Formulate medium-term (four years) programme for the adoption of improved rice/NERICA-based farming systems in Northern Uganda
2. 2.1.1. Purchase and distribute seeds NERICA 1, 4 and 10; fertilizers, herbicides, other agrochemicals; equipments and small farm tools.
2.1.2 Introduce promising appropriate cropping systems to facilitate successful adoption.
2.1.3 Organize two regional field days, and one at each FFS for stakeholders and beneficiaries.
2.2.1 Identify locations and establish 70 FFS in nine districts.
2.2.2 Identify and train 35 Facilitators from nine districts in establishing and operating FFS.
2.2.3 Train 2,100 farmers through FFS on NERICA crop production, cropping systems and use of farm equipments.
2.2.4 Train 30 farmers and technicians in utilization and maintenance of farm equipments.
2.2.5 Update, translate and publish manuals, brochures and guidelines on cultivation of NERICA.
2.2.6 Organize Farmers' Field Days.
2.3.1 Establish farmers field schools.
2.3.2 Build capacity of FFS groups to sustainably operate project activities.
2.4.1 Enlist the rice-based cropping systems for each district.
2.4.2 Establish 70 study plots by farmers in the districts testing various cropping systems.
2.5.1 Procure 20 units of small tractors, and 270 units of planting equipment, i.e., Jab Planters (135 units) and Line Markers (135 units)
2.5.2 Organize the use of the equipments on farm.
2.6.1 Identify 30 farmers for each FFS for training
2.6.2 Train farmers in growing NERICA.
3. 3.1.1 Contract NaCRRI to develop 2 ha of area for producing Basic Seeds of NERICA varieties.
3.1.2 Procure one set of Seed Grader and install at NaCRRI Namulonge.
3.1.3 Procure a set of seed drying equipment and install at NaCRRI Namulonge
3.2.1 Procure 1 ton of Basic Seed of NERICA varieties and distribute to seed growers
3.2.2 Procure agrochemicals and distribute to seed growers.
3.2.3 Training of about 30 seed growers in seed production of NERICA varieties.
3.2.4 Organize seed production and contract visits of Seed Certification Inspectors to NSCS of MAAIF.
3.2.5 Procure about 100 tons of seeds from seed growers and arrange storage.
3.2.6 Link seed growers to rice seed traders.
3.3.1 Identify need of enhancing capacity of NSCS of MAAIF
3.3.2 Provide needed support to NSCS of MAAIF to enable them to travel and inspect seed production fields.
3.4.1 Identify the trainees among project beneficiaries.
3.4.1 Develop course curriculum and decide location.
3.4.2 Organize the training of about 18 trainees.
4. 4.1.1 Identify the critical problems in rice post harvest.
4.1.2 Identify the equipments for rice threshing and storage, and milling.
4.1.3 Procure 18 units of rice thresher, 72 units of storage bins, and 9 units of rice mills, distribute and install.
4.2.1 Assess the present status and activities.
4.2.2 Rehabilitate the centre and make it operational.
4.3.1 Identify the training need on post-harvest and prepare training material for formal and informal trainings.
4.3.2 Identify the trainees and locations of the training.
4.3.3 Train the trainees at every district levels
4.4.1 Production of leaflets, brochures, signposts and other information and publicity materials on NERICA Project activities.
4.4.2 Participate in and display NERICA Project information and published materials at national and district agricultural shows, World Food Day and UN day.
4.4.3 Organize media and joint FAO, Embassy of Japan and MAAIF field project site visits.
4.4.4 Prepare and place articles in local print media and organize radio and TV talk shows.
12. Expected results (outputs) 1. 1.1 National structure for coordination and implementation of project’s activities established and made functional
1.2 National programme for extension of the adoption of improved rice/NERICA-based farming systems formulated
2. 2.1 About 450 ha in the 1st year and 900 ha in the 2nd year grown under three NERICA rice varieties by farmers.
2. 2 Total of 70 Farmers Field Schools (FFS) established in nine districts.
2.3 Farmers Groups (70) linked to FFS established and trained on present and post-project handling for sustaining project outputs.
2.4 Improved rice-based cropping systems, management practices for intensive and diversified crop rotations established.
2.5 Small and appropriate tools/implements for rice and other crops production as mechanization alternatives introduced and demonstrated.
2.6 More than 2,100 farmers trained in NERICA crop production technology.
3. 3.1 About 1.5 tonnes of Foundation Seed of NERICA 1, 4 and 10 produced by NaCRI Namulonge.
3.2 About 100 tonnes of Certified Seed of NERICA 1, 4 and 10 produced by farmers from about 50 ha to cover the project target area of 1 350 ha.
3.3 Government capacities enhanced for seed quality analysis, quality control and certification.
3.4 Seed enterprises are trained for successful seed business.
4. 4.1 Critical rice post harvest technologies for harvesting, drying, cleaning, threshing, storage and milling identified and introduced.
4.2 Establish one post-harvest rice training sub-centre in Ngetta ZADRI.
4.3 More than 30 farmers, technicians and artisans on rice post-harvest equipment and technologies trained.
4.4 Improved awareness, publicity and visibility of project contribution to rice industry development in Uganda.
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 3 1. Pipeline, 2. Approved, 3. Ongoing, 4. Completed
16. Issues/problems
Keywords: NERICA, Farmers Field School, Agricultural technology dissemination, Seed production, Cropping system