This study was commissioned by Advance Afrika with support and funding from ICCO and Edukans to assess the inclusivity, access and outreach of rural advisory services (RAS); the quality, relevance and delivery of the skills; and opportunities for privatepublic actors to increase the accessibility of RAS in Abim, Lira and Soroti districts. The study was conducted using a mixed methods approach based on a cross-sectional design. Data was collected from smallholder farmers, relevant district and sub-county officials and private RAS providers both from NGOs and private-for-profit organisations using questionnaires and interviews.
The study found that there were different RAS providers in the districts but that they were still very inadequate in terms of number, given that agriculture is a major occupation in the rural areas of Uganda. Women, youth and persons with disabilities (PWDs) experienced similar and different challenges of accessibility.