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Harvesting a Better Future in Northern Uganda

A better future

Farmer Rose Achulo, 54, says P4P has changed her life. With income from her crop sales, the mother of 10 can now afford to send her children to school.

Harvest time in Acholi

Bringing maize to northern Uganda's Koch Goma Satellight Collection Point. The grain is weighed, dried and checked for quality before being stored.

High standards

WFP warehouse manager Charles Anywar studies sample maize at our warehouse in Gulu, Uganda. Acholi farmers can store their grain at the warehouse after WFP staff clean, dry and check it for quality.

Waiting for buyers

By joining forces and selling in bulk, Acholi farmers are negotiating better prices from traders.

....And here they are

Traders weigh sacks of maize in Bweyale, Uganda. With bigger and better harvests, P4P farmers are helping revive trade in the country's impoverished Acholi region.

Pastry chef

Preparing the dough at a WFP-sponsored cassava baking project in Anaka, northern Uganda. By transforming their cassava harvests into tasty pastries, growers are earning more and helping to revive local trade.

Accounting time

P4P farmer Charles Komakech (R), 38, jots down crop information. With financial support from Germany, the United States and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, P4P is helping to restore Acholi's rich agricultural heritage. 

Checking the harvest

WFP staff assess maize quality a farmers' collection point. Acholi growers once depended on WFP food assistance; now they are selling their grains to traders as far as South Sudan.

A dramatic turnaround is underway in northern Uganda's impoverished Acholi sub-region. Residents are turning the page on years of conflict triggered by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group that displaced thousands. Today, they are home and the local economy is picking up...thanks in part to WFP's Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme. Launched with partners in Acholi in 2010, P4P has taught more than 7,000 area farmers better farming, post-harvest and business skills. By joining forces and selling in bulk, the growers are negotiating better prices from traders and building the foundation for a brighter future.