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.

Project 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 (Financial Year 2019/2020)

  • 270 leading farmers (128 women, 47%) from 10 Farming Organisations were trained in business planning, leadership skills, marketing and credit management,
  • 80 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) were supported and continue to improve in bookkeeping with over 3,006 farmers (65% women) to benefit,
  • 1,290 farmers (814 women) had improved agricultural inputs thanks to Farmers Association leaders organising joint procurement and transportation,
  • 2,680 farmers (1,706 women, 64%) were trained by agriculture extension workers and 86% of the farmers were adopting the recommended agriculture practices,
  • 75% of farmers that were trained and supported by Farmers Association showed improved farming produce,
  • 1,296 farmers (715 women) received loans for maize, poultry, piggery, banana plantation or other agricultural enterprises and 81% has been re-paying their loan on time.

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 (Financial Year 2019/2020)

  • 338 children are supported in their education and health,
  • 316 family members participated in 19 Village Saving & Loan Association meetings and training to enable them to increase income and support their children’s education,
  • 639 children were supported in their health and psycho-social needs,
  • 417 parents attended a family sensitisation meeting across 4 secondary schools,
  • 111 families received a one-year loan for income-generating projects.

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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