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Simple transport solutions cut drudgery andimprove livelihoods. Validated RNRRS Output.

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8114: Improved food crops marketing though appropriate transport for poor farmers in Uganda.

In Uganda, Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs)???such as pack animals and ox and donkey carts
???are lessening rural women’s burden by helping to move crops, water and firewood. Previously,
women covered their transport needs by head-loading, carrying heavy bundles from the field to the
homestead and from there to the market. The use of oxen for ploughing is also enabling farmers to
pay back quickly the loans they take out to purchase draught animals and carts. At the community
level, IMTs are being used to haul building materials for community centres, schools, and churches.
The Uganda Transport Forum Group has helped to spread the use of IMTs, coordinating project
activities among farmer groups, intermediary organisations and international research institutes.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (8 pp.) taken from the CD.