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As part of FtF IAM’s development strategy for underserved communities (including the refugee settlements and host communities,) the Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity works with the private sector organizations and the Government of Uganda to promote changes that facilitate sustainable market improvements in the agricultural sector. The Activity aims to support the integration and participation of refugee and host communities in economic activities as key to sustaining economic growth. Currently, the
Activity has three partners (Ensibuuko – supporting the digitalization of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), Byeffe Foods –
promoting pumpkin production and Consult Agri-query Solutions (CONAS) – dealing in horticulture production) in the refugee settlements and host communities.

On Thursday, June 1, FtF IAM Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lamwo District Local Government, to get the district’s commitment and support on the implementation of the FtF IAM activity and provide an enabling environment for private sector actors to enter, operate and compete within the agricultural market space of Palabek refugee settlement and host communities of Lamwo district. The MoU spelt the Activity’s interventions and their alignment with the district’s development priorities enclosed in the District Development Plan (DDP) and National Development Plan (NDPIII). The district leadership pledged their total support to the Activity and its partners and commended the Activity for aligning interventions with the district and national development priorities enclosed in DDP and NDPIII; including financial access leveraging on the Parish Development Model (PDM) and engaging farmers in the commercial of high value and marketable crops to reduce the high poverty levels that currently stands at 68% in Lamwo district.

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