Participants: BOKU in cooperation with partners (Go Organic, Makerere University, NOGAMU, etc.)
Products: Coffee, fresh and dried fruits, cotton, spices, fish
Intensification drivers: Export market opportunities, food safety and health concerns, limited access to external inputs, vibrant entrepreneurial scene, social movement, strong civil society, liberal macro-economic environment.
Report: Please download the complete Light Case Study report here.
Farmers, entrepreneurs, activists and researchers have promoted organic agriculture in Uganda since 1986. Today, Uganda is the country with the largest organic agricultural area in Africa (more than 300’000 ha) and the largest number of organic producers (215’000). We can observe two main intensification pathways: civil society-led interventions focused on increased agricultural production and productivity, the private sector promoted market-oriented intensification. A starting point for the case study is to critically explore which of the pathways achieved what livelihood outcomes for farmers. Second, the case provides important lessons on how longer-term, large-scale change in agricultural practice in Africa takes place. Based on these findings, the case contributes to defining a joint research agenda on social, agronomic and economic challenges in sustainable intensification.