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Securing livelihoods and promoting social justice

The project region Otuke is a rural district in northern Uganda. The region is one of two areas most affected by malnutrition. In general, the undernutrition situation in Otuke is exacerbated by a number of overarching problems. People in the region face acute challenges such as food insecurity, limited access to safe drinking water and poor hygiene practices.

A woman in a pink T-shirt smiles at the camera. She has a sheet of paper with drawings in her hand. Behind her is a house and a white car.
Training and empowerment: The project participants develop plans for their own future.

The population's main source of income is agricultural production and the exchange of goods and services on the regional market. However, the effects of climate change, such as longer and more frequent droughts, lead to crop failures, famines and an annual increase in malnutrition. As a result, 37 per cent of people live on less than two meals a day. In addition, extreme weather events caused by climate change (e.g. floods) are increasing. 

Gender gaps in the community also contribute to the lack of access to resources for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as women, widows, divorced or separated women. Gender-based social norms dictate that assets, the use and ownership of land belong to men. Households in the region also suffer to this day, mainly due to the legacies of past armed conflicts. War crimes, including rape of girls and women, forced integration into households, forced marriage and the birth of children resulting from rape, continue to have severe consequences today. Many survivors still suffer from severe mental and physical health problems, stigmatisation, discrimination and poverty.

The project objective focuses on strengthening vulnerable households, including women, children and people with disabilities, in the following three areas Food security, income security and resilience to climate-related disasters.  

Through targeted project interventions, vulnerable households will be strengthened in agricultural production. Increased productivity and yields will provide households with sufficient and quality food. In addition, the sale of surplus produce increases their annual income. By the end of the project, their resilience to climate, health and economic crises will be significantly strengthened. All of this is achieved by supporting civil society at household and community level.

One example is the creation of action plans and visions for more sustainable farms. This involves integrating best practices and activities on food supply, nutrition, income security, household health and disaster risk reduction into farms and teaching them at household level. Through the establishment of Village Savings and Credit Associations, beneficiaries gain access to financial services with low interest rates and a platform for financial matters. Disaster preparedness focal points develop local disaster preparedness plans.

Our project contributes to achieving these sustainable development goals, for example. For more information on the global sustainability agenda, please visit our "Sustainable Development" page.


Project Resilience of vulnerable households
Place/Region Northern Uganda, Otuke Region
Partner Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD)
Target group 1,840 people from 400 smallholder households
  • Action plans for more sustainable farms 
  • Training on climate-adapted agriculture, gender justice, collective marketing, savings and credit methods 
  • Kitchen gardens with a variety of local vegetables
  • Raising awareness of environmental conservation and biodiversity issues 
  • Integration of gender issues at household level
  • Health and water committees and nutrition committees
  • Psychological counselling (for mothers affected by violence and women of the indigenous community)
  • Local preparedness plans in the event of a disaster
Duration July 2023 - June 2026
Budget 430,000 Euros
Sponsor Aktion Deutschland Hilft (WDR Weihnachtskampagne)

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