GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda
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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the outcomes of a project in Uganda that supported community-based income-generating activities to promote sustainable land management.

The project was implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

A first SGP grant, of US$40,000, was implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The funds were used to: conduct training workshops; procure and distribute seedlings; establish demonstration sites; construct energy efficient cook stoves; purchase shear butter extraction equipment and facilitate usage training; install modern beehives and honey-extraction machines; and create awareness through radio talks, film shows, and project calendars, brochures and pamphlets.

The second phase of the project built on its initial success, with another US$40,000 awarded in 2005. By the completion of the project, its results included: a 170-fold increase in milk production; the installation of 40 energy efficient cook stoves, which cut down 80% of the biomass previously utilized by the traditional cooking method, with resulting greenhouse gas emissions savings; the generation of new income amounting to UGx 49,500/bag (equivalent to USD 21) by shear nut oil extraction; and the increase in annual rice production by three to four tons as a result of the shift towards upland rice cultivation. [GEF Press Release]