Fleets of NGO-owned 4x4s crisscross northern Uganda, as they did during the region’s two-decade war, but now, rather than provide emergency relief, they are supporting economic activities for hundreds of thousands of formerly displaced people.
“Today I am driving these agriculture field staff to Paicho Village to check on the harvest of our cereal farmers,” Patrick, a driver of the NGO Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), told IRIN.
Some 7,000 smallholders in the Acholi subregion of northern Uganda are involved in Purchase for Progress (P4P), a commercial cereal farming initiative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The project is in line with the donor-funded, government-administered Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP), currently in its second phase.
According to WFP, the P4P farmers have earned more than US$280,000 since the program began in 2010.
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Analysis: From emergency aid to early recovery in northern Uganda