Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Karamoja Sub region

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From February 28, 2018 to February 28, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  2. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  3. 2.5 Maintain genetic diversity for agriculture, traditional knowledge

Project ID: 5577

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Grasslands


  • Grazing lands
  • Tropical grasslands
  • Savannas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Livestock
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Enabling


  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)
  • Climate resilience for FAC system (TP 6)
  • Erosion prevention
  • Ecosystem mitigation and adaptation
  • Mainstream
  • Community engagement

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Smallholder farmers

Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 2.5 Maintain genetic diversity for agriculture, traditional knowledge

Conventions and protocols

  • National Development Policies
  • National Action Plan
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Nature-based solution

About this project


This project seeks to respond to chronic food insecurity in the Karamoja region, which is a result of combined pressures, including environmental degradation and climate change. The vast majority of people in Karamoja are facing food shortages, either year-long or seasonal, and the region has been exposed to increasing droughts. The project will seek to achieve its objective through three outcomes. Outcome 1 focuses on strengthening the enabling policy and institutional frameworks through the creation of multi-stakeholder platforms that will enable better planning, including local landscape-based planning. Outcome 2 will channel investments into the food production systems and value chains using a Farmer Field School approach adapted to the realities of the agro-pastoral societies of Karamoja. The project will increase production through climate resilient production techniques, and also support efforts to diversify production to increase income and reduce vulnerability to food insecurity. A strong emphasis will be placed on rehabilitating ecosystem services through restoration, agro-forestry, natural regeneration and sound pasture management. The project will also target specific activities towards women and youth, who are among the most vulnerable, to ensure equality of participation and remove underlying vulnerabilities. Finally, Outcome 3 will support the development and implementation of a monitoring and assessment framework for global environmental benefits, and socio-economic benefits.


To contribute to enhancing long-term environmental sustainability and resilience of food production systems in the Karamoja Sub-Region.

USD $3,789,425

Grant amount

USD $58,000,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,789,425)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Joint agencies

  • Food and Agriculture Organization

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