Faculty Of Agriculture

SUSTENANCE OF THE RESULTS OF LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS IN UGANDA. A CASE STUDY OF THE RURAL LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM IN NYIMBWA SUBCOUNTY, LUWERO DISTRICT
By. Ninsheka Leonard (Masters of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Dissertation)

ABSTRACT This study assessed the sustenance of results of livelihood projects in Nyimbwa Sub-county, Luwero District. Specifically, the study assessed the extent to which the results of the rural livelihood projects were sustainable, challenges to sustaining results of rural livelihood projects and strategies for ensuring sustainability of rural livelihood project results. Cross-sectional and case study designs were used for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Quantitative data was analysed basing on frequencies and percentages. Qualitative data analysis was interpreted by composing explanations and substantiating them using the respondents’ open responses. The study found out that in Nyimbwa Sub County, largely the uptake and sustenance of livelihood projects was determined by age groups. Ages 41-50 years and 31 to 40 years were the most significant (p = 0.00 less than α = 0.05 (p < 0.05) in the uptake and sustenance of livelihood projects. The study also found that primary and secondary levels of education of respondents were the most significant (p = 0.004 lower than α = 0.05 (p < 0.05) in the uptake and sustenance of livelihood projects. The results on occupation of respondents do not play a role in uptake and sustenance of livelihood projects. Individuals carrying out farming as the only activity are significant (p=0.014 less than α = 0.05 (p < 0.05) in sustenance of livelihood projects..

The results on success of rural livelihood projects indicated that the results of the rural livelihood projects were sustainable; there were a number of challenges in sustaining results of rural livelihood projects which include; level of income of beneficiaries, mismanagement of the project by leaders and donor funding promoting dependency. And a number of strategies for ensuring sustainability of rural livelihood project results were thought which include; rural livelihood projects well integrated, helping participant’s access market, integrating the project with other development programs, and community members contributing resources. Therefore, it was concluded that the results of the rural livelihood projects can be sustainable; sustainability of the results of rural livelihood faces a number of challenges; and a number of strategies can help ensure sustainability of rural livelihood. Thus, it was recommended that there was a need to ensure that the results of the rural livelihood projects become sustainable; there should be efforts to mitigate the challenges in sustaining results of rural livelihood projects; and efforts should be made to put in place strategies for ensuring sustainability of rural livelihood project results..