Aridland Development Programme (ADP)

Aridland Development Programme (ADP)

ADP is currently working in three Districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Abim in North Karamoja. The districts have a total population of 457,222 (Male 48%, Female 52%). With a total geographical area of 13,255 square kilometres, the combined population density for the three districts is 35 people per square kilometre.

An average annual demographic growth rate of 8.3%, will lead to an almost double increase in the population of the three districts in the next 10 years. This growth rate poses a challenge for food security but also an opportunity due to growing labour force.

ADP envisions to contribute to addressing three key development challenges in Karamoja in the next five years. These development challenges include:

  • Food and Nutrition,
  • Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET),
  • Agricultural Vocational Education and Training (AVET).

The communities in Karamoja are pre-dominantly nomads. Over the last six years some people started subsistence farming. Land is widely available, and subsistence farming can combine well with animal production.

Karamoja is Uganda’s poorest sub-region, known for its chronic food insecurity, poor access to basic social services such as education, health, environmental degradation, erratic rainfall and recurrent droughts. Up to 45% of households in the Karamoja region are currently food insecure. A combination of the above factors has undermined the capacity of households to meet their basic nutritional needs.