Climate Integration Case Study: USAID/Uganda’s Commodity Production and Marketing
Climate variability and change is one of many challenges that USAID development projects are addressing. This case study series explores how USAID activities in various sectors and regions address this challenge.
The primary objective of the Feed the Future Commodity Production and Marketing Activity is to sustainably increase the production and marketing of high quality maize, coffee, and beans. The activity has taken a climate-smart agriculture approach to address climate risks to production and marketing in the targeted value chains, and integrated climate-resilient practices and technologies into the activity’s business models. In addition, the activity uses tools developed by mobile application providers to improve stakeholder access and response to weather forecasts. The activity is also increasing adoption of weather-indexed crop insurance.
As of March 2016, 152,469 farmers had adopted climate-resilient practices and technologies, which has contributed to the percentage increase in farmer’s yields in maize by 24 percent, beans by 13 percent and coffee by 173 percent. This has also led to the reduction in post-harvest losses by 9 percent in maize, 10 percent in beans and 6 percent in coffee in the last four years of the activity.