The effect of government intervention on food production in Kilak County, Gulu District, Uganda

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Kampala international international : College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study was aimed at establishing the effect of government programmes aimed at boosting agricultural food production in Gulu district. It was particularly sought to make a stakeholder analysis in the core areas of various initiatives to rediscover agriculture for development after so many years of social-economic turmoil in the district. The study also identified both programmatic and institutional gaps in the interventions so far made. Descriptive survey design was used for the study.The study population was 300 respondents while 100 was purposively selected. Two validated instruments were used to collect data.Three research questions were answered in the study. Descriptive statistics of frequencies and percentages and Pearson Product Moment correlation were used to analyse data. The results showed that there was a positive relationship between resources injected by the government and the quantity of agricultural products (r=0.678);resources and methods of farming (r0.684);sensitization and agricultural products(r0.684);sensitization and methods of fanning(r=0.870);infrastructure and agricultural products(r0.963;infrastructure and methods of farming(r0.515);infrastructure and high income levels. (r0.704). Some of the immediate recommendations include improvement of the technical skills for the farmers, community capacity development, provision of soft loans and quality tools / seeds to residents involved in food production. There is also need to encourage land reform practices from communal to private ownership in order to increase organized farming methods.
A thesis presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
food production, government intervention, Gulu District, Uganda