Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda
Title: Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda.
Partners: Uganda Christian University, FARMGAIN AFRICA, CHAIN UGANDA, Natural Resources Institute / University of Greenwich UK
Duration: September 2014 – September 2017
Funding: € 250,000
Funded by EU through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) under the Promotion of African and European Partnerships in Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD)

Lead Partner: (UCU) Uganda Christian University.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences, UCU has got support from the EU for three years through an initiative of the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) funded through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). PAEPARD supports sustained partnership that mobilizes resources for priority projects that combine African and European institutional and financial resources for mutually advantageous projects.

Uganda Christian University (UCU), Department of Agricultural Sciences and Entrepreneurship in partnership with: Farmgain Africa

(www.farmgainafrica.org), CHAIN Uganda (www.chainuganda.org) and Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK are implementing the project.

This project is about increasing consumption of indigenous vegetables which, despite being rich in certain essential vitamins and minerals, are not very much consumed hence leading to qualitative malnutrition mostly among children and women. This project intends to improve post-harvest handling of indigenous African vegetables in order to prolong their shelf life and hence increase their consumption in nutritionally vulnerable populations while increasing revenue of those engaged in their production.

Progress of project by work package

Work package 1: Varieties of indigenous vegetables with longer shelflife and processing potential identified and profiled

Progress made:

  • Countrywide participatory identification and collecting of indigenous vegetables with good post harvest traits and desired consumer preferences.
  • Characterisation, profiling and field multiplication of the collection is ongoing at UCU

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Dr C. Tizikara (extreme left) and Dr Jonas Mugabe (3rd from RHS) of FARA visiting the field multiplication UCU site at Ntawo together with the project team members


Dr Jonas Mugabe (2nd from RHS) of FARA visiting the field multiplication UCU site at Ntawo together with the project team members

Dr Jonas Mugabe (2nd from RHS) of FARA visiting the field multiplication UCU site at Ntawo together with the project team members


Work package 2: Appropriate processing and handling mechanisms/technologies for indigenous vegetables adopted

Progress made:

  • Participatory identification of processing & handling technologies used for indigenous vegetables.
  • Laboratory testing of existing processing & handling technologies.
  • Participatory testing of processing & handling technologies in field with end users.
  • Pilot study of selected processing & handling technologies with volunteers
  • A charcoal cooler for prolonging shelflife of harvested vegetables has been developed and is undergoing test and evaluations for its efficiency and economic benefits
The team from PEAPARD-FARA together with the project team members visiting the charcoal cooler developed for prolonging shelflife of indigenous vegetables

The team from PEAPARD-FARA together with the project team members visiting the charcoal cooler developed for prolonging shelflife of indigenous vegetables

The team from PEAPARD-FARA together with the project team members visiting incubation centre where test are being carried out on prolonging shelflife of indigenous vegetables

The team from PEAPARD-FARA together with the project team members visiting incubation centre where test are being carried out on prolonging shelflife of indigenous vegetables


Work package 3: Appropriate delivery pathways of value-added indigenous vegetables established.

Progress made:

  • Farmer groups to engage in the value chain of indigenous vegetables have been identified and profiled
  • A baseline survey has been conducted on the current status of indigenous vegetables in Uganda
A group of farmers in Bungokho Subcounty of Mbale district who are participating in this project

A group of farmers in Bungokho Subcounty of Mbale district who are participating in this project


Work package 4: Information sharing mechanisms on utilization of indigenous vegetables established

Progress made:

  • The project team members have trained and linked to the FARA/PAEPARD  information sharing tool  www.//paepard.org /osiris
  • Project team have been trained in radio presentation skills
  • Project team members have been hosted on several live radio shows to talk about the project as well as importance of indigenous vegetables in diets
  • A TV documentary on indigenous vegetables in Uganda has been produced
  • Several posters and brochures on each of these work packages has been produced
Project team members were part of the PAEPARD-FARA consortia trained in the use of the Osiris communication tool in Accra, Ghana in September 2015

Project team members were part of the PAEPARD-FARA consortia trained in the use of the Osiris communication tool in Accra, Ghana in September 2015

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