Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU)

Reducing Food Insecurity for Vulnerable Ugandans


Uganda RWANU Stoves

Uganda RWANU Combats Deforestation with Energy-Saving Stoves

Upon entering Cecilia Aurien’s compound, one is greeted by an odd sight: an array of energy-saving stoves arranged in two …

uganda rwanu maize fields

Changing Mindsets and Livelihoods for Enhanced Food Security

Traditionally, men in Karamoja in northeastern Uganda are herdsmen, looking after livestock while women are left to farming. But with …

ACDI/VOCA Uganda RWANU handwashing

RWANU Empowers Northern Ugandan Villages to Build Latrines

In May, Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment declared three villages in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda open-defecation free. …

ACDI/VOCA Ugandan family

RWANU Helps Ugandan Women Grab Life by the Horns

Research shows that empowering women is smart economics. But in many parts of the world, tradition dictates the lives of …


The Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU) project is designed to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable people in South Karamoja, Uganda. RWANU means “future” in NgaKarimojong. This five-year, Development Food Aid Program is funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace and targets 16 subcounties in the districts of Amudat, Moroto, Napak, and Nakapiripirit.

  • Interventions tailored based on whether beneficiaries live in the agricultural green belt, agropastoralist, or pastoralist livelihood zones
  • Increasing access to agro-ecologically appropriate seed varieties and planting materials
  • Supporting the production of low-risk, high return commodities such as honey
  • Increasing livestock ownership and management among women’s groups
  • Building the capacity of farmer groups and small producer organizations through training in technical skills, savings mobilization, basic business skills, and marketing
  • Prevent malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of life through a package of curative and preventative health care, behavior change activities, improved consumption of micro- and macronutrients, and conditional food rations for pregnant and lactating women and children under two
  • Promote a variety of nutrition and health messages in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Health and community based structures such as health centers, village health teams, outreach services, and mother care groups
  • Promote gender equity by including both men and women in project activities, facilitating women’s participation without overburdening them, and ensuring that both men and women engage in remunerative production for the market
  • Apply a climate-smart approach to program implementation through supporting existing regional early warning systems and introducing innovative natural resource management technologies
  • Reached 35,139 vulnerable households with beneficiaries participating in at least one of the program’s services
  • Supported the formation of 280 farmer groups, 32 honey groups, 30 horticulture groups, 96 women’s livestock groups; groups received training in applying improved technologies around improved crop cultivation, post-harvest handling, beekeeping, horticulture, and goat husbandry rearing and have applied the new technologies or management practices
  • 279 savings groups were formed; 1,254 savings group members accumulated a total of $42,992 in savings and disbursed $27,003 in loans to project beneficiaries
  • 198 mother care groups were formed
  • 16,488 individuals received training in nutrition and child health

Funder: USAID/Food for Peace
Budget: $50,000,000
Contact: Sydney Sapper,