Sustainable livelihoods for small-scale farmers

he project aims to offer 1,200 small-scale farmer families in vulnerable rural communities the opportunity to improve their food security and financial independence. This involves educating, training and counselling farmer families in technical agrarian skills (sustainable agriculture to improve agricultural productivity, food security and income), environmental protection practices, basic agrarian business skills (entrepreneurial skills, basic financial management and microcredit administration) and group work techniques and dynamics. A Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) will also be implemented to act as an umbrella organisation for existing Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). It will facilitate an exchange of know-how and experiences, and act as a deposit for funds, to increase security.

ICEP (Institut zur Cooperation bei Entwicklungs-Projekten) is an Austrian NGO founded in 1998 that contributes to efforts to alleviate poverty in developing countries. In so doing, it seeks to develop local capacities, together with local partners, to ensure that people can live from their own work and that improvements are self-sustaining. For this project, ICEP is partnering with the local NGO Safe Neighbourhood Foundation (SNF), established in 1998, which aims to empower rural families, communities and marginalised groups in rural areas.




Health / Education / Community Development / Environment


October 2016 – September 2018


Budaka disrict / Uganda

With whom

ICEP (Institut zur Cooperation bei Entwicklungs-Projekten)



42.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 600/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
21% (2016)

Literacy rate
70% (2016)

Human Development Index
162nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Uganda’s economy has continued to post strong growth, by many developing country standards. It nevertheless remains a very poor country and far from the middle-income status it aspires to. Although the poverty rate has greatly declined from 39% in 2002 to 19% in 2012, the strong population growth has meant that the absolute number of poor people has remained the same. One in three children has no food to eat during the school day and 27% of children under five are stunted. Agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and employs 77% of the adult population. However, the productivity of smallholder farmers remains low due to lack of access to services such as credit and insurance and reliance on traditional farming methods.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.