A government-led multi-sector partnership approach has been adopted and guided by the Uganda Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management (U-SIF-SLM) 2010-2020 whose purpose is to scale up SLM practices across all sectors. Since 2016, the Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) has been mobilized to innovatively contribute towards creating and enabling environment necessary for scaling SLM practices with the support of WOCAT.
Uganda’s economy highly depends on harnessing land resources
for various uses such as recreation, transport, agriculture, residenting and business infrastructure. Furthermore, agriculture is one of the five government
priority sectors. 80% of the population of Uganda practise agriculture as subsistence farmers, approximately 69% of the population are employed by the agricultural sector and the whole sector is contributing about 26% to the GDP
of the country (2015). However, land degradation and soil fertility decline emerge as major
impediments in all cropping systems. To achieve long-term productive ecosystems by integrating biophysical, socio-cultural and economic needs using a holistic approach, the government-led multi-sector partnership approach Uganda Strategic Investment Framework for
Sustainable Land Management (U-SIF-SLM) was adopted covering the period from 2010-2020. Its purpose is to scale up
SLM practices across all sectors.
Using WOCAT adds value towards operationalising Uganda's SLM scaling strategy in several ways:
The WOCAT tools and methods, applied within the framework of the IFAD-funded project on Scaling-up SLM by Uganda Landcare Network (ULN), have helped to achieve concrete improvements and impacts on the ground, including:
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