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Uganda - FAO’s support in transforming the agriculture sector in Uganda

8 March 2013, Kampala/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ugandan Vice-President Edward Sekandi to discuss ways to ensure food security for all Ugandans and reduce poverty by supporting rural smallholders in the country’s agriculture sector.

Sekandi met with Graziano da Silva on behalf of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the FAO chief’s one-day visit to Uganda.

Graziano da Silva commended the government of Uganda for its leadership in the country’s efforts to improve agricultural development and climate change mitigation. He also pointed out that Uganda needs a major boost in agriculture to accelerate development. The agriculture sector employs more than 80 percent of Uganda’s population.

"We agreed that for the agriculture sector to grow, Ugandans need to support both the small-scale rural subsistence farmers as well as building the bridge for small scale farmers who want to go into commercial farming," said the Director-General, who pledged FAO’s support in transforming the country’s agriculture sector.

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