Revitalizing a local industry, building better livelihoods

The Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC), an agro-processor, has been working with smallholder farmers in northern Uganda since 2009 to revitalize the region’s cotton industry, diversify crop production, and provide access to modern agricultural inputs, new markets, and training. GADC purchases cotton, sesame, sunflower, chilies, and maize directly from farmers, processes the crops locally, and then sells them to local and international markets.

With the support of donor funding, GADC has developed a large network of field officers who provide extension and buying services and have built strong relationships with local suppliers. GADC works with more than 80,000 farmers across the region and has invested in organic certification for more than 40,000 of them.

Now, GADC is taking its investment one step further. With support from SDU and partnerships with Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), GADC is providing agricultural microloans and training aimed at improving productivity, lifting and stabilizing household incomes, and building vital financial skills.