Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) improves income of refugees and host communities in Uganda

The ILO under the PROSPECTS initiative launched the Sesame and Cassava Value Chain Development Project in association with a private sector partner Ag-Plutos to stimulate decent work prospects for refugees and host community members.

Date issued: 21 November 2023 |


The ILO-UNHCR Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) for refugees and host communities is based on the premise that initial humanitarian assistance at the onset of displacement be followed by a transition toward sustainable economic development.

AIMS therefore, works at the humanitarian - development nexus by strengthening local market systems and enabling refugee and host communities to seize the economic and employment opportunities therein.

In the West Nile region of Uganda, where a significant number of refugees are hosted, agriculture is the bread and butter for both refugees and host communities. For years, inhabitants of Uganda’s West Nile region have predominantly been cultivating, consuming, and trading in legumes such as beans, ground nuts, and sesame commonly known as simsim. However, finding a land to cultivate and right price for the produce has always been a challenge.

Thus, the ILO under the PROSPECTS initiative launched the Sesame and Cassava Value Chain Development Project in association with a private sector partner Ag-Plutos to stimulate decent work prospects for refugees and host community members.

The partnership has resulted in increased yield and higher returns for sesame farmers, village agents promoting the better variety of sesame and even the sesame aggregators in the region.