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During the period 1970–2012, Uganda had the third highest population growth rate and the highest fertility rate in the world.

Population increase has caused land fragmentation, a decline in farm sizes, deforestation and swamp encroachment resulting in low incomes and reduced access to local resources, which further contribute to low soil fertility and low yield.

A changing climate puts additional pressure on the country’s development.

The Government of Uganda aims to improve household food security and income through increased production and greater availability of high-quality rice in the market by 2018.

This can only be done in close collaboration with private sector actors involved along the rice value chain. These include seed suppliers, service providers, farmers, transporters, processors and distributors among others.

This initiative is exploring how private sector investment can improve the performance of the rice value chain in the context of climate change in Uganda.

IISD and its partners want to understand how rice value chains can be enhanced to deliver more social, environmental and economic benefits for businesses, local communities and smallholder farmers.


Dimple Roy

Dimple’s work is focused on the areas of integrated water resources management, watershed governance, adaptive policy-making and sustainable agriculture.

Jo-Ellen Perry

Jo-Ellen brings more than ten years of experience in the field of climate change. Her current work includes exploring ways in which to integrate adaptation into development processes and developing tools for decision-making that respond to user needs.

Julie Dekens

Julie is a climate risk adaptation specialist with research and project management experience at the international level. Most of her research and work has focused on climate risk management and adaptation to multiple risks in the context of climate variability and change in Africa and Asia.


IISD is working with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda as well as private sector actors (mostly small and medium-sized enterprises such as a domestic seed company) who are investing in the rice value chain in Uganda.  


All donations for this project are private for the moment.