This paper reports an analysis of agriculturally based livelihoods in Uganda carried out as part of the LADDER research project. Research activities took place in Jan to May 2001 in and three districts in central and eastern Uganda: Mubende, Kamuli and Mbale. The focus of the research is on agents of change in rural livelihoods, in particular the role of local and national level policies and institutions in facilitating or blocking the efforts of rural people to find their own routes out of poverty.
The paper begins with a summary of the research methods employed followed by a general description of Ugandan natural resources locating the research sites within an agroecological framework. We then identify the features of the farming systems that appear to be most important in determining livelihood outcomes and also the patterns of recent change in farming-based livelihoods. There is then a detailed consideration of the extent to which current and planned policy relevant to the agriculture sector is likely to facilitate future sustainable improvements in these livelihoods.
McDonagh, J.; Bahiigwa, G. Crop-Based Farming Systems and Diverse Livelihoods in Uganda. (2002) 25 pp.