Managing Wetlands for Improved Food Security in Uganda

With increased food insecurity in Uganda, the pressure to use wetlands for agriculture is growing. However, little is known about the contribution of wetland resources to household food security or the environmental impact of using wetlands for agriculture or other purposes.

Researchers will determine the food security status of households adjacent to wetlands and the part that wetlands resources contribute to it. They will analyze the tradeoffs in using wetlands for crop production. And, they will test, adapt and promote agricultural technologies that enhance productivity while minimizing negative impacts on wetland ecological functions and services. The findings will inform the development of appropriate guidelines for paddy rice farming, vegetable production and wetland-edge farming in different wetland systems in Uganda.

Project ID

106374

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, October 21, 2010

End Date

Monday, April 21, 2014

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 400,000

Countries

Uganda, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Program

Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Dr. Nelson Turyahabwe

Institution

Makerere University

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.makerere.ac.ug