Uganda - Olweny Swamp Rice Irrigation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Dec 1986
Signature Date 13 Feb 1987
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2000
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2000
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 14,926,333.89
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Olweny Swamp Rice Irrigation Project covers a gross irrigation perimeter of about 1,016 ha in the western part of the lower reaches of the Olweny Swamp, bisected from east to west by the Soroti - Agwata - Lira highway. The planned net irrigated area was 800 ha, of which 120 ha would serve as a nucleus, research, training and demonstration farm and the remaining 780 ha as a supervised smallholder farm area. With increasing urbanisation, propensity to rice consumption and the increasing rice importation foreign exchange bill, local increase in rice production aimed at import substitution, among other benefits, is a desirable agricultural development priority. The project will have substantial favourable income redistribution effects in favour of small farmers and agricultural labourers in Lira district, a relatively underdeveloped area in Uganda. This is one measure in implementing such a policy decision. It will also help in reducing regional economic inbalances, as well as poverty in the project area, in particular, and in the region in general. The project will be implemented over a five year period.

Project Objectives

The principal objectives of the project are to: i) achieve self-sufficiency in rice; ii) increase rural employment and income; and iii) effect inter and inter-regional income redistribution.


The project will beneffit an estimated 800 farm families each with holdings of between 1 to 1.5 ha of irrigated farm area, with target yields of about 4.5 tonnes per ha. The project will directly benefit 544 small farmers and raise their family income and employment. It will also provide additional employment and income to hitherto unemployed agricultural workers throughout the year.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Uganda


IATI identifier 46002-P-UG-A00-001
Last Update 05 Dec 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Uganda