Climate adaptation and mitigation for Uganda’s rice sector

Encouraging sustainable rice production

Agriculture

Project type
Dissemination project
Project coordinator
Rikolto
Project partners
AfricaRice, SWT Tanners
Start date
January 1, 2022
Total budget
€ 265.295
Amount of subsidy
€ 200.000

Agriculture

Project type
Dissemination project
Project coordinator
Rikolto
Project partners
AfricaRice, SWT Tanners
Start date
January 1, 2022
Total budget
€ 265.295
Amount of subsidy
€ 200.000

Adoption of sustainable rice platform global standards

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Rice production on smallholder farms has expanded greatly over the last 15 years. As a result, a significant amount of Uganda’s eastern and northern wetlands has been converted into paddy fields. This conversion, coupled with a prevalence of poor cultivation practices, has increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while placing the area’s water resources and biodiversity under stress. Yet conservation of these wetlands is crucial for the country’s resilience to climate change.

SOLUTIONS

The environmental impact from rice cultivation, at both farm and landscape level, can be reduced if farmers adopt global standard practices laid out in the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP). Doing this would bring GHG emissions back down while decreasing use of water, pesticides and fertiliser runoff. At the same time, it would give biodiversity an opportunity to recover.

EXPECTED RESULTS

8,032 rice farmers (min. 2,490 female and 2,989 youth) will be trained directly on applying sustainable cultivation and processing methods on their farms, thereby reducing their climate impact. By influencing policy makers with the results of the pilot project, the project will reach more than 90,000 farmers nationwide indirectly, multiplying the effects of this initial investment.

Contribution to the sustainable development goals

Partners