By Alexandra Löwe and Sanyu Phiona for ODI.

This infographic presents a timeline of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood on Northern Uganda’s farms. It presents the findings from the Youth Forward Learning Partnership research ‘Creating opportunities for young people in Northern Uganda’s agriculture sector‘.

Growing up on a farm in Northern Uganda


In a research paper by Alexandra Lowe and Sanyu Phiona for ODI, agriculture is central to the employment prospects and well-being of most Ugandans: 70% of employed Ugandans work in agriculture and the sector contributes 26% to gross domestic product. However, the sector is underperforming compared with the rest of Uganda’s economy and its growth has not kept up with the population growth.

Young people are a key part of the solution to increasing agricultural productivity in Northern Uganda. The sector holds many opportunities for young people to break the cycle of low-productivity farming, increase their earning potential and contribute to the national economy at large. While agriculture can be a very lucrative business in Northern Uganda, young people struggle to access opportunities due to access to finance, education and extension services, gender and damaging perceptions.

All of these efforts are aligned to the Youth Forward which aims to improve the capacity of young people in Ghana and Uganda to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance to expand opportunities available to them.

The initiative is a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, four consortia and 28 implementing organisations. It works across eight regions in Ghana and twelve districts in Uganda.

ODI’s Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme leads the Youth Forward Initative learning partnership, with Development Research and Training in Uganda; and with Participatory Development Associates in Ghana.

The learning partnership works across the Initiative to develop an evidence-informed understanding of the needs of young people in Ghana and Uganda, and how the initiative can best meet those needs. This is done through three main activity streams: knowledge development, knowledge sharing and multi-sector dialogue.

Photo: Trocaire (CC BY 2.0)