Mercy Corps has been working in Uganda since 2006. In the aftermath of a generation-long civil war that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions more, Uganda is finally healing. But population growth is straining resources and services in a country that still has a long way to go.
With farmland not producing at capacity, food is in short supply and malnutrition is common. Good quality seeds are scarce in local markets, keeping yields low. Recurring climate shocks, including drought and flooding, have further reduced harvests.
Continuing inequalities in the distribution of income and the treatment of women have contributed to high poverty rates, poor health and disparities in education and opportunity.
While stable itself, some of Uganda’s neighbors are not. Every day, a staggering number of South Sudanese refugees arrive at Uganda’s northern border in search of safety. Over the past months, their numbers have dramatically increased, with an average of more than 2,000 daily arrivals. Uganda now hosts more than half a million refugees from South Sudan.
- Agriculture & Food: Training farmer groups in business skills to grow subsistence plots to small-scale commercial farming operations.
- Economic development: Providing jobs building roads that link farms to markets.
- Health: Promoting maternal-child health and nutrition programmes, including village-level mother groups that encourage healthy behaviour change.
- Emergency response: Meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable South Sudanese with cash while supporting local economy and livelihoods, establishing a cash for work programme for both Ugandans and South Sudanese.
South Sudan, Uganda: For a South Sudanese refugee, a place to put down roots
Conflict forced Grace and her family to leave everything behind. While she waits for an end to conflict so she can return to South Sudan, she's learning to grow produce that will help her support herself and her four children.
South Sudan, Uganda: In Uganda, two women form a friendship without borders
At Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda, see what happens when a South Sudanese refugee and a Ugandan woman unite to build better lives, together.
South Sudan, Uganda: Providing urgent relief to South Sudanese refugees
Mercy Corps is expanding its programmes in northern Uganda to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees, who have fled an escalation of conflict in their country.
Uganda: Fighting hunger, one garden at a time
Women in rural Uganda are finding a simple solution to the big problem of hunger: kitchen gardens.
Uganda: A tiny seed transforms a community
Better training is boosting incomes for sesame-growing families in Uganda. Meet one couple who is investing in their future.
Uganda: Strength in numbers: Women's groups reuniting families
In rural Uganda, countless families are separated because of local conflicts. Women’s groups are banding together to bring people back together again.
Uganda: A couple finds their future in chia
With Uganda’s civil war now behind them, Charles and Concy are working together on a new business venture: farming chia.
Uganda: Grace’s seeds cultivate change in hungry communities
We're helping people like Grace learn how to grow more crops, feed their families and work together to rebuild their lives after two decades of conflict.
Uganda: Making clean energy affordable far from the city
Kerosene used for light and cooking is risky and costly. So why aren't families rushing to switch to fuel efficient cookstoves and solar units?
Uganda: Meet our field staff: Vicky
We all hear the statistics: When girls are given the same access to education as boys, the impact on their communities is immense. Vicky Lodia is a living, breathing testament to the numbers.