An Impact Assessment of Permagardens in Palabek Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda
A pioneer of permagardens in northern Uganda, African Women Rising (AWR) received funding from Cooperazione e Sviluppo Onlus (CESVI) and Trócaire to assist 4,500 South Sudanese refugees develop permagardens on their plots. To assess the impact of this intervention, AWR commissioned a participatory impact assessment (PIA) that was carried out from 20th November – 4th December 2019, to address two key questions: 1) what are the primary benefits and 2) what are the specific benefits, associated with permagarden ownership? The methodology used in the assessment included a range of participatory exercises: natural resource mapping, personal histories, pair-wise food preferences, scoring and ranking of primary and secondary benefits, and transect walks. During the assessment, the team met with 24 groups comprising 453 AWR beneficiaries – 320 women and 133 men – and interviewed key informants.