Uganda
Location: Buikwe, Kayunga and Mukono Districts
Project 1: Agri-Business for Community Development (ABCD)
Project 2: Improving the Well-Being of Other Vulnerable Children, Their Household & Communities
PARTNER: International Needs Uganda
Nearly 72% of the land in Uganda is arable and 45% of East African arable land is located in Uganda. The region experiences higher rural-urban migration than the rest of the regions, with citizens taking up simple trades and white-collar jobs nearer to the capital city. Polygamy is widely practiced, leading to large and increasing family sizes. There is increased gender disparity, domestic violence and land fragmentation. The Uganda Vision 2040 identifies agriculture as a key opportunity to strengthen the economy and transform society from a peasant to a modern, prosperous country.

JuneProject One:

Agri-Business for Community Development (ABCD)

Goal of the Project

This project is funded by SHE supporters and an ANCP (Australian and Nonprofit Cooperating Program) grant through DFAT (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The goal is to improve the well-being of smallholder farming households in Buikwe, Mukono and Kayunga districts. And to enable poor farmers to enter into the cash economy by engaging in profitable farming so that they are able to meet their household educational, health, nutritional and other needs.

Other goals are:

 

  • Improve the capacities of 10 Farmer Organisations, with at least 60% women participating, to act as viable and self-enabled Community-Based Organisations by 2021,
  • Increase in profits and membership levels,
  • Improve and consolidate the household incomes of 3,250 farmers (1,950 women and 1,300 men) in the 10 Farmer Organisations by 2021,
  • 80% of partnering farmers see at least 10% annual growth in their household income due to Agri-Business,
  • 80% of partnering farmers able to meet their household’s education, health and nutritional requirements,
  • Household incomes increased by 150%,
  • 97% of households eat at least two meals a day.

Progress Update (from July’20 until June’21)

  • 63 leaders (25 women, 38 men) from the 10 partner Farmers Organisations (FOs) participated in refresher trainings about business planning and leadership,
  • FOs have attracted 142 new farmers (77 women & 65 men). There are now 3,148 registered partnering farmers (2,030 women, 1,118 men) in 93 Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLA) and farmer groups,
  • 10 FOs received monthly hands-on training and coaching in bookkeeping and 8 out of the 10 FOs were reported consistently applying the recommended bookkeeping practices,
  • 3 FOs were supported with a computer, a printer and a filing shelf each,
  • 3 FOs were supported to improve upon their demonstration plots in piggery and banana plantations,
  • 122 farmers on top of the registered 3,148 farmers in the 93 VSLAs (totalling 3,270) received extension education about improved farming practices,
  • 80% of the 2,507 monitored farmers indicated that supported farmers were demonstrating improved farming practices,
  • Between 7 and 8 out of every 10 farmers have at least 2 sources of household incomes. They are involved in crop cultivation and in animal and bird rearing,
  • The construction of Kirindi Growers Coop storage and milling facility is at the very final touches with internal and external finishes and painting works.
To help improve the well-being of farming households so they can meet their educational, health and nutritional needs, donate today.

Project Two:

Improving the Well-Being of Other Vulnerable Children, Their Household & Communities

Goal of the Project

With funding from ChildLink supporters, the International Needs Child Assistance Program (INCAP) is supporting vulnerable children in the following ways:

  • Ensuring the well-being of children and families through meeting education and health needs,
  • Improving family incomes so families can better support their own children in education and health.

Progress Update (from July’20 until June’21)

  • 317 children were supported in their education and health,
  • 25 local radio sessions were conducted, with topics including family themes, conflict management, financial management and planning, child protection, parenting, coping with COVID among others,
  • 167 participants attended 2 trainings on Child Protection and sustainable development,
  • 6 Child Protection groups with a total membership of 137 (19 men, 118 women) were supported with a low interest loan,
  • 36 families were supported with improved goats,
  • 237 Linked families or staff at partner schools were supported with food (Posho, Rice soap Sugar and cooking oil),
  • 5 staff trainings were conducted, and 2 staff retreats were held (attended by at least 7 staff members) to improve their management capacity.
To help boost the well-being of children and families and help them increase their income so they can support their children’s education and health, donate today.

Project Three:

Women at Risk

Progress Update (beginning January 2020)

  • 60 women were supported and received training in agricultural practices,
  • 24 out of the 60 (40%) women realised average increase in their incomes from UGX 400,000 ($152 AUD) to UGX 1,400,000 ($532 AUD) in the first half of the year,
  • 29 female farmers received loans and 37.5%% of the women have begun repaying their loans. Loan repayments are below expectation due to the COVID-19 lockdown,
  • 58 out of the 60 women (96.6%) are practicing some form of improved farming methods compared to before the trainings. The women now apply improved seeds, recommended seed spacing, fertilizers, weed and pest control.

To help women at risk, donate today.

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