Project Summary

Project Title: Improving food access, income and general livelihoods for rural farmers and beyond!

Our Mission: A community where rural farmers enjoy food security, general livelihood and development.

Our Vision: To Improve food access, income and general livelihood for rural farmers in and about Uganda.

Aim:

To ensure sustainable rural livelihoods for rural farmers through; sensitizing rural farmers on improved farming methods, encouraging group formation and knowledge sharing while ensuring environmental integrity.

What is the issue, problem or challenge?
Uganda’s economy widely depends on the agricultural sector. Over 85% of the estimated 32 Million Uganda’s total population live in the rural areas and depend mainly on Agriculture. Most of the agricultural activities take place in the rural areas. With that fact, it only right to say that, Uganda’s food production base is widely dependent on the rural farmers.

Because families practice subsistence agriculture on small plots of land, their target is to produce enough food to feed their families until the next harvest. In many cases they fall short of their target. Often, the yields are not enough to feed the family until the next harvest leading to food shortages in homes. This has greatly been attributed to the poor farming methods (many farmers have chosen to remain local – NO diversity in their farming methods), prolonged droughts, pests and diseases. Since agriculture is the source of income, food and general livelihood for these rural farmers, under circumstances, they are faced with situations where they have to sell part of their produce to cater for emerging [basic] needs – access health facilities, pay for school fees, rent, and provide for their families – worsening food shortages. READ MORE..

How this project will solve the above problem?

Sensitize and enlighten the rural farmers about changing their mind set as regards improved farming methods to ensure sustainable rural livelihoods while ensuring environmental integrity. This will be done by volunteers who go out in the field to train farmers down to the “grass roots”, peer groups, training of trainers, exchange visits to demonstration farms, also through agricultural organizations.

Together with Sanyu Ly’amaka Women’s Group, we shall work closely with the rural farmers both in groups and on  individuals basis to uplift their farming skills and standards to better their livelihood.

We shall encourage the youth to participate in the project, assume roles in the project, use the resource centre for their information needs and attend our trainings. This opportunity will enable youth empowerment socially and economically as they will now have a chance to participate on the same platform to contribute to improve their livelihoods. We believe that by doing so, the food security base will shift from being supported by the elderly, to being supported by the youth who are more energetic, flexible and open to change.

Way forward

1. The land on which a demonstration farm is to be set up will be donated by the farmers (3 of them have already promised to donate the land). We shall ensure that the demonstration farm trains more trainers from different areas around the district to ensure that the skills are dispersed widely such that the project benefits people beyond the targeted community as well – training of trainers. Knowledge and skills sharing is one of our core values.

2. There will be a monitoring and evaluation exercise every three months. The evaluation will look at how the demonstration farms are working with the farmers to sensitize them and work as a learning centre, the general assessment of food access and rural livelihoods for the rural farmers – in terms of quality of diets and quantity. We shall also assess our modes of information and skills sharing see how best to improve them to increase on the rural outreach and to extend the benefits of the project to those that need it the most.

3. Even though the project will look at promoting entrepreneurship, we shall encourage the farmers to start by growing enough food for their families. This will help to improve on food access in the families. On a side by side basis, we shall encourage farmers to produce as much as they can to promote the entrepreneurship aspect such that they can sell the surplus to earn a living to cater for their basic needs.

4. Farmers will be encouraged to work in groups to reinvent the spirit of cooperative farming with its unsung advantages. Youth and women participation and membership will be specifically encouraged.
5. We shall create connections and affiliate the farmer groups in our reach/ project with other non-profit organizations working in the field of agriculture both local and international.

Our Partnerships todate:

  • Sanyu Ly’amaka Farmers Group – in Masaka, Uganda (Our Affiliate)
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