Productive Use of Electricity for Development: Expanding Access in Uganda

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island.
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This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Power Africa’s role in expanding access to electricity in Uganda, focused on communities in the Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria.

Most days, the fishing communities of Uganda’s Ssese Islands are in a race against time.

It starts the moment the fishers haul nets full of tilapia and Nile perch onto their boats and ends only when they sell their catch at the mainland markets, some 50 kilometers across Lake Victoria. If the clock runs out, their catch will spoil, and their income will be lost.

Food waste in Uganda is a huge problem. As much as 40 percent of post-harvest production, whether crops or fish, goes bad before it reaches the market. The biggest challenge for fishing communities is a lack of cold storage.

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Last updated: May 18, 2022

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