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Title: Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in Uganda

Date Published: 2018
Author/s: Barasa Bernard
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Affiliation: Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic
Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7062,
Kampala, Uganda


Uganda’s agricultural environment is characterized by smallholder farmers. Majority of these are
found in rural areas and food insecure. This study specifically explored to understand and put across
the determinants of local and regional distribution of key crops grown and livestock reared;
constraints and opportunities along the agricultural value chain; and institutional and stakeholder
involvement in setting policy agenda. This information was born through review of published and
grey literature. The findings of this comprehensive review broadly reveal that the major key crops
grown in Uganda today are: coffee, bananas, maize, beans, cassava and rice; while in terms of
animals and birds: cattle, goats, pigs and local chicken are the most kept by farmers respectively for
food security. In terms of local and regional variations, coffee and banana are highly productive in
the eastern and western highlands while the remaining crops flourish in the flat plains and valleys