FOCUSING INVESTMENTS IN NEGLECTED NORTHERN UGANDA.
Uganda – our social impact
Investment
$2,750,000
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
Jobs created
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JOBS CREATED
Livelihood
2,206
FARMERS LINKED TO MARKET
Lift
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INCREASE IN INCOME PER SMALLHOLDER FARMER
Rural Uganda

The Challenges

86% of people in Uganda live in rural areas, with 22% of the rural population living in poverty. The Ugandan economy has demonstrated consistent growth over the past few years but the northern region lags significantly behind.  Currently almost 90% of the population in the north depend on rain-fed, subsistence farming. The average plot size is below a hectare and productivity is low because there is almost no use of modern inputs or improved farming practices.

Our approach

In 2015, AgDevCo opened its office in Kampala. AgDevCo supports agriculture businesses that have linkages to small-scale and emergent farmers. Eligible businesses must be located in northern Uganda, or have strong links to farmers and/or customers in the north. By providing technical assistance in addition to capital, we help investees establish profitable operations that are capable of attracting third-party investing, thereby kick-starting a virtuous cycle of investment and economic growth in this neglected region.

Country Facts
  • Population (2014): 38,840,000
  • Poverty incidence (2012) at $1.25/day: 38%
  • Life expectancy at birth (2013): 59 years
  • GDP/Capita (2014): $677
  • Agricultural share of GDP (2014): 21.9%
  • % of population living in rural areas (2013): 86%
  • % of rural population living in poverty (2012): 22%
  • Food Security Ranking (2015): 79 out of 109

Sources: World Bank, FAOSTAT, Global Food Security Index

 

We believe we can make more impact by looking for new ways to tackle poverty in the regions where we work.
If you believe your business meets our investment criteria, we want to hear from you.
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