Improved production, nutrition and income and political participation for South Sudanese refugee communities and Ugandan host communities.

Background and outline

Uganda has one of the fastest growing populations in the world with 78% of its people aged 30 years and below. In addition to the potential of such a young and rapidly growing society, it also harbors significant risks for political stability and sustainable social development. In the target region of the project about 40% of the population live below the poverty line, another 45% are at high risk of poverty. As a border region to South Sudan, the target region of the project is particularly affected by the refugee influx since 2013, when a large number of refugees have been seeking refuge in this fragile environment.

Step Up! is aiming at increasing the resilience of the Ugandan host community and the South Sudanese refugee community in Arua District. Step Up! delivers  training of 1.800 farmers in climate smart agriculture, agroforestry and nutrition and supports their linkage to markets. The project further offers skills training and business coaching to 400 unemployed youth.

Youth who successfully completed their training will be supported with starter kits and intensive, tailor-made coaching. Through the formation and training of neighborhood associations, the participation of host and refugee community members in livelihoods related dialogues with decision makers will be increased.

The project is implemented together with Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) and managed by Welthungerhilfe.

The Project Objective

The resilience of 1,800 South Sudanese refugees and members of the Ugandan host community has increased through sustainable livelihoods and social participation.

Project activities

  • Formation of Farmer Field Schools
  • Training of farmers in Climate Smart Agriculture, agroforestry and nutrition
  • Vocational training, coaching and support with start-up kits for disadvantaged youth
  • Organization of farmers and youth in VSLA groups
  • Formation and training of neighborhood associations