- Published: 17 March 2016
Lutheran World Relief, a global nonprofit organization, has come up with a strategy of increasing production of legume seeds over a period of 5 years. The pilot project is part of the $118 million initiative targeted at incentivizing and rewarding high impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition and benefit smallholder farmers through
creating access to quality government certified legume seeds of Beans, Soybeans and Groundnuts.
The agricultural sector has been thrown a ray of light with the financial pull project aimed at increasing legume seed production in the country.
Seed companies are to compete for a 2.5million us dollar prize that will be accorded to the winner over a period of 5 years.
BONIFACE BABIIHA MUSIGA, UG PILOT MANAGER LWR
The pilot project expected to yield a great improvement in agricultural production will, according to Rodrigo Ortiz, the Results Secretariat lead Deloitte Consulting, move a mile towards economic development and eradication of poverty.
RODRIGO ORTIZ, Secretariat Lead, DELOITTE CONSULTING
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), there has been an 8 percentage point drop in households that derive their livelihoods from farming as their main source of income.
The households dropped from 51.9% in 2005/06 to 44.2% in 2012/13 as indicated in the UBOS Uganda National Household Survey 2012/13.