District location in Uganda
|Sub-region||West Nile sub-region|
|• Total||1,953.2 km2 (754.1 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|• Density||177.2/km2 (459/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Nebbi District is bordered by Arua District to the north, Amuru District to the northeast, Nwoya District to the east, Bulisa District to the southeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the south and Zombo District to the west. Nebbi, where the district headquarters are located approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi), by road, southeast of Arua, the largest town in the sub-region. The coordinates of the district are:02 27N, 31 15E (Latitude:2.4500; Longitude:31.2500).
The district is divided into two counties: Padyere, and Jonam. In 2010, Okoro County was split off Nebbi District to form Zombo District. There is a small airstrip near Nebbi which can be reached using commercial flights from Entebbe Airport. A railway link which has not run for many years used to link the district to the rest of the Uganda Railway system.
There is a Catholic cathedral in Nebbi, and the Anglican diocese is based in Goli, a town situated at the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi), by road south of Nebbi. The first bishop of the Anglican diocese of Nebbi was Henry Luke Orombi, who is the immediate past archbishop of the Church of Uganda. The first bishop of Nebbi Catholic diocese was John Baptist Odama. He is currently the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu.
In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 185,550. The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at approximately 226,310. The annual population growth rate of the district was calculated at 2.7%. In 2012, it was estimated that the population of Nebbi District was about 346,200. The table below illustrates the growth of he district population between 2002 and 2012. All figures are estimates.
|Nebbi District Population Trends|
Agriculture (crop agriculture and animal husbandry), together with fishing are the main economic activities in the district. Crops grown include:
Fishing on Lake Albert and in the Albert Nile is practiced widely for subsistence and commercial purposes. Common species of fish include Nile Perch (Lates Niloticus) and Tilapia (Oreochromis Niloticus). Local rivers in the district, such as the Nyagak and Namrwodho Rivers, also afford fishing opportunities to those far removed from Lake Albert and the Nile River.