Promoting Rural Development in Northern Uganda (PRUDEV) (2018 – 2022)

Majority of Ugandan population (80%) live in rural areas where 76% of them earn a living from farming activities. However, agricultural production, productivity and value creation through processing in Uganda are low by regional standards. The poor performance of agriculture is reflected in low yields, high post-harvest losses, poor quality of agricultural products and inadequate knowledge, for example about climate-adapted farming and irrigation methods. This is particularly true of Northern Uganda, which is poorly developed and disproportionately affected by poverty compared with Central and Western Uganda. Despite some progress in poverty reduction achieved during the last years, Northern Uganda still lagging behind other regions.
The project “Promoting Rural Development in Northern Uganda (PRUDEV)” was therefore designed to address this problem. It aims at contributing to improve the agriculture-based development of the rural economy in selected districts of Northern Uganda. The PRUDEV project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) and implemented by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.


PRUDEV promotes the agriculture-based development of the rural economy in Agago, Amolatar, Dokolo, Kitgum, Lira and Oyam District in Northern Uganda. The project targets the rural population with a focus on women and young people. The project is implementing activities five core output areas:

  • Capacities for local agricultural-based economic development aims at strengthening the capacities of public institutions, civil society and the private sector to promote agricultural-based local economic development;
  • Improved market integration supports a more intensive market and entrepreneurial orientation of agricultural producers, upstream and downstream MSMEs and service providers;
  • Access to financial services, aims to improve access to demand-oriented financial services for agricultural holdings and upstream and downstream MSMEs, complementing the first two Field of Activities.
  • Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture (ProCSA), aims to support Uganda to achieve sustainable development by contributing to the sectoral implementation of its NDC through climate-smart agriculture. This is to be achieved through mainstreaming CSA in local planning processes, through supporting the rural population to adopt and sustain CSA practices and through jointly developed and implemented CSA actions by public, private and civil society partners.
  • Improved Water Resource Management for Agricultural small and micro irrigation systems.

  • From September 2018, GIZ GmbH sub-contracted a consortium of ICON-INSTITUTE and ACSET Uganda to implement Output Area 1 of PRUDEV project handling specifically the following activities

  • Capacity Development aiming at strengthening institutional and individual capacities of public, private and civil society partners for the participative development of an agriculture-based local economy;