National Oil Palm Project (NOPP)

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National Oil Palm Project

In Uganda, agriculture remains the backbone of the economy. It contributes more than 20 per cent of the GDP and over 50 per cent of export earnings. Based on the transformative socioeconomic impact achieved under the Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP) and the VODP Phase 2, the National Oil Palm Project (NOPP) will scale up the approach and be implemented in four hubs in the country: Buvuma, Masaka, Mayuge and an as yet unidentified fourth hub.

NOPP aims to support inclusive rural transformation through oil palm investment. It will sustainably increase rural livelihoods through opportunities generated by the establishment of an efficient oil palm industry that complies with modern environmental and social standards. Overall, it is estimated that 30,800 poor and vulnerable rural households will benefit directly from NOPP activities.

In addition, NOPP will build strong linkages between the smallholder oil palm growers and the primary processors, based on the innovative public-private-producer partnership (4P) arrangement developed under VODP. It will also reduce the market risks faced by the smallholder oil palm growers and ensure their access to quality inputs, technical know-how and investment credit.

Status: Ongoing
Approval Date
16 April 2018
2018 - 2029
Rural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 216.2 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 77.03 million
Co-financiers (International)
Private Sector Foreign US$ 90.62 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 25.58 million
Beneficiaries US$ 17.21 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Mohamed Ahmad Abdellatif El Ghazaly

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New IFAD-funded project to raise incomes of smallholder farmers in Uganda

December 2018 - NEWS
Over 30,800 vulnerable rural households in Uganda will benefit from a US$210.4 million project that aims to sustainably increase rural livelihoods by supporting an efficient oil palm industry that complies with modern environmental and social standards.