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How BRENU Got Started

Under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a Government of Uganda programme supported by the European Union (EU) and supervised by Office of the Prime Minister, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) signed an agreement with the National Authorizing Office (NAO), ministry of finance and received a grant in 2020 to implement the action Building Resilience to Enhance Food and Nutrition Security, Incomes and Health in Northern Uganda (BRENU).

IITA leads the implementation of BRENU together with a consortium of five partners: (i) Voluntary Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO), (ii) Kilimo Trust (KT), (iii) Rikolto International (Rikolto),, (iv) Bioversity International (ABC) and (v) Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI). BRENU will be implemented for a period of 36 months with a total budget of € 5,578,949 where EU is contributing -90% and the consortium – 10%.

BRENU seeks to enhance food and nutrition security, increase household incomes, and improve maternal and child nutrition and health in Northern Uganda (NU), by promoting diversified food (and animal) production of resilient varieties; commercializing agriculture; improving post-harvest handling, food preparation and consumption practices; and encouraging family planning for improved and sustainable livelihoods, as well as improving household resilience to climate change and women and youth empowerment. The action is delivered through three Results Areas which are interrelated and contributing to the overall goal of the action. The result areas (RA) and corresponding activities are implemented by consortium partners i.e. (i) IITA as the lead partner and VEDCO are responsible for RA 1.1: Increased production of diversified foods, (ii) KT and Rikolto are responsible for RA 1.2: Market accessibility, (iii) ABC and ECUREI are responsible for RA 1.3: Nutrition and health interventions.

Our Overall Goals & Objectives

The goal is to consolidate stability in Northern Uganda, eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. The main objectives are:

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  1. To increase food security

2. To enhance household incomes through support of diversified food production and commercial agriculture

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3. To improve maternal and child nutrition

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  1. To improve household resilience to climate change and women and youth empowerment.