Improve livelihood for rural farmers in Uganda

 
$405 $24,595
Raised Remaining
Aug 1, 2010

Our Project Summary and Strategy

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.

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.

Why this project will succeed over similar projects or where others have failed?

This project will succeed because we are going to start by breaking both institutional and cultural barriers that stop women and the youth from benefiting from general agriculture funding. We are going to achieve this through sensitizing our members about the gender issues. With the increased global advocacy for women emancipation, women’s incomes have improved. Women tend to invest more in education, nutrition and health of their families improving on the general livelihoods of rural communities. This is why our project particularly encourages women farmers and the youth to get on board.

The beauty of our project is that it seeks to sensitize the farmers about ecology, economy and social concerns of agriculture in development as a sustainable approach starting with rural livelihoods inspired by the global food security.

The project will succeed because it has clearly identified the needs of the farmers both the function, and the non functional. Right from information to the problems and identified the solutions for each of the problems as well as devising localized means of information sharing among the rural farmers.

This project will succeed because it promotes solidarity among farmers. Solidarity is not a new idea, but indigenous. Our ancestors had this spirit and for some reason, it was eroded! Now, we are reinventing it, with more advantages for the rural farmers to enjoy the economies of scale. Of course here I have to mention increased bargaining power, more advocacy to stop land grabs through secure land rights.

This project is going to succeed because it covers the gender gap between rural farmers. We are engineering a more gender sensitive approach to seek solutions to issues like seed security. In Africa, women have proved to be in a better position to ensure seed and food security. Often, the women are the ones who preserve the seeds for planting the next season. And they are also the ones who sow, weed and harvest in most cases. Our project therefore specifically encourages women participation.

Many projects have dictated on what the farmers should grow – often cash crops. This project is going to encourage the farmers to grow food crops for the start to ensure that the farmers ensure food security in their homes before they start producing on a larger scale. Many farmers grow cash crops which usually take too long to grow and ignore the food crops; this makes them spend a lot of money on food. And because of the immense poverty, some cannot even afford the food.

This project will succeed because the bulk produce of the farmers enabling them to tap into the nearest markets they have in their reach; this will enable them to supply food crops to schools, hospitals in their communities and beyond. Farmers waste a lot of their time trying to break into external markets and ignore the nearest markets which would even cut on their costs of production through reduced costs of transportation.

Our Partnerships todate: * Sanyu Ly’amaka Farmers Group – in Masaka, Uganda (Our Affiliate) * The World Bank Institute (Gave us $1000 – seed funding through Urgent Evoke) : www.worldbank.org * Our Farm Network: * Gardens of Gratitude: www.gardensofgratitude.org * Global Giving (Online Fundraising for our Project) – http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/improve-livelihood-for-1700rural-farmers-in-uganda/

Comments:
  • Koshy A.V.
    Koshy A.V. szosifor practicality, level headedness, usefulness, functionality, utilitarian beneficiary spread of fod security and awreness and a very methodical orderliness and awareness in how to run a project your effort is a modelits an assured successkeep working away
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  • Paul
    Paul Excellent framework and vision, not to mention purpose
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  • Chris Delamer
    Chris Delamer Good Luck in pushing this forward :)
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  • David
    David ssozi, very clear and powerful project. keep pushing and I am sure something incredible will emerge from this effort!
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  • Gilda
    Gilda Amazing project, Good Luck!!
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  • Pam
    Pam Many times where there is poor farming practices there is hunger and poverty and this is the case in Uganda. Instead of just providing rice for a day this project provides improved livelihoods for life. This is an invaluable effort. Keep up the amazing work!
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  • Sarah Shaw Tatoun
    Sarah Shaw Tatoun Similar projects in other parts of the world have proven very successful when local groups are supported in training people in their own communities. Sounds like an excellent project.
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  • Chris
    Chris Education is the key to success. More power to you!!
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  • alice123
    alice123 A worthy project - glad to support you!
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  • Maureen Agena
    Maureen Agena Agriculture is a very important aspect of life in Uganda. It is widely held that access to accurate and timely information by rural communities can not only increase agricultural productivity; it can also result into enhanced economic and social development. What Javie has done will not only be of benefit to the direct... Read more »
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  • Beatrice
    Beatrice Central Uganda is a great choice for such a project. All the best Ssozi. It's a project worth undertaking!!
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  • Diana
    Diana Very well illustrated report.I love the idea.We all appreciate that a well fed country is more productive.I hope your government takes note of this and try to help you through this project. All the best. By the way lets hook up on skype my contact is peachesdk see you there.
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  • Sara
    Sara A worthwhile project that truly impacts and gives back to the local and national community and its people in a realistic and very beneficial way. Keep going Ssozi
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  • Tinah
    Tinah I cannot agree more - Uganda is an agricultural country and we all have to make this our number one priority. Thank God we have very innovative people like Ssozi. You have my luck and support Ssozi!
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  • Dana
    Dana very well thought-through project! love the idea and the strategic plan!good luck!
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  • Marisa C
    Marisa C Great plan! I am excited to hear more about this project as it moves forward!
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  • Nitah
    Nitah Food security is very vital in communities. Thats a very good plan you have there. I am sure farmers in Uganda will not remain the same.
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  • K.Sandra
    K.Sandra I love the gender sensitive approach that this project has. Like they say 'Train a woman, a nation trained'. All the very best. I bet very many people's lives will be greatly changed - for the better.
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  • Pam
    Pam This project gives power to the people so that they can build and improve their own lives. This is a very innovative approach!
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  • Ssesanga. R
    Ssesanga. R Sozi, you have an amazing approach to improve rural farming. I believe that your project is worth the efforts you put in. Please continue to push it and many other projects should be able to learn from this!Good luck and hope to provide some support in future.
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  • sa
    sa Ssozi, I think this is a fantastic initiative. You have the insight, local knowledge and experience to implement this program and see it to its success. As development starts with agriculture (the ability to maximize crop production, feed one's family and sell surplus), this is an incredibly important project as well.
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  • kelly
    kelly I look forward to hearing how this project unfolds. Keep up the good work!
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  • TMS Ruge
    TMS Ruge Ssozi, I think this is a great project that is bound to help a lot of farmers. I think if it is one thing that will help the grassroots, better education regarding farming so that our farmers can start moving from subsistence farming to commercial farming techniques. We need more initiatives like this! Here's to wishing... Read more »
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  • lena.anstis
    lena.anstis Great project !
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  • Sholeh Olinga
    Sholeh Olinga I think this is a very developmental project. One of the things that struck my attention was the fact that gender issues are not ignored. It is impossible to think of development when the rights of half of the world's population, the women are being ignored. If both the women and men work together, there is progress in... Read more »
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  • sandras112
    sandras112 I am very impressed by this project and how it has a special focus on involving young people and ensuring gender equity. I am sure it will be a success!
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  • aliceyaxley
    aliceyaxley This is a great project. I like the design you're proposing with 3-monthly monitoring and evaluation. That should be really helpful.
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  • Richards Junior
    Richards Junior Ihave liked this Project Due to the fact that It sounds Developmental In that you are ready to train our Rural Farmers On what to plant first and last Eg Food Crops Or Cash Crops' Many of Our Rural People Lack Education You find it that they tend to just plant Cash Crops Because they want Money And at the end of the... Read more »
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  • Ghanshyam
    Ghanshyam I really like this wonderful scalable project. It is for farmers and being a farmer i understand the role of farmer in national economy. Each and every countries primary source of requirements like food, raw materials for indutries come from agriculture only. To do something for the farmers in the developing country like... Read more »
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  • argyle35
    argyle35 I'm quite impressed with the details of this report, and wish you luck in executing it!!!
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  • Aimee
    Aimee A well thought out project that could have wide and deep impact.
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  • ashleymichel
    ashleymichel This looks like an excellent program that would definitely succeed in confronting serious issues in Uganda. It is clear that this project was envisioned and created with enthusiasm and sensitivity.
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  • maral fa
    maral fa Excellent program! I wish you success & luck!
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  • Fer
    Fer Because it is an important project and need to be continued...
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  • Adam
    Adam This report is valuable because it has taken in account all five pillars: Sustainability, environmental integrity, monitoring & evaluation as well as networking. Great work...
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  • MAC
    MAC basing on agriculture as the major economic activity in Uganda today, this report clearly indicates the possible ways to improve the activity thus improving peoples' livelihood.
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  • Cissy
    Cissy This is a great idea linking the farmers to viable and productive farming knowledge that could match with climatic changes.
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  • kyungmee
    kyungmee This clearly shows that through dedication of education, hard work, and the concerned people throughout will make this project all possible for the people in and around Uganda!
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  • Susan Kobusingye
    Susan Kobusingye The Aspect of Gender is Key for the progress and success of this Project. Women are form the biggest percentage of the Gender in Agricultural production in Uganda. So involving them as key beneficiaries is a great Idea!! Good Luck.
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  • BbandaC
    BbandaC Awesome!the most imprtant sector that supports Ugandan citizens is outrightly Agriculture...tapping into the researched and informative processes that enable them relate to he several challenges there has been while improving towards enhancing better practises will positively improve the activities. great initiative!
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  • Wiebe
    Wiebe Encouraging group formation and knowledge sharing among farmers appeals to me
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  • Kenneth Agena
    Kenneth Agena This is a good Project and can be replicated in other regions of Uganda. I wish you could do something similar for the communities in Muchision Falls Conservation Area. All the best of Luck!!
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  • Henry
    Henry I am voting YES for this project because Rural farming leads to economic development for all. And this project is worthwhile. Good luck on this project.
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  • Austiine
    Austiine Good idea we need food security. and pliz take just from the rural farmers' level even to the national level.You got a good project ........ all the best
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  • jaykingstone
    jaykingstone Great ideal for us,agriculture being the Nation back born,i strongly believe that,this will increase the agricultural produce to sustain the nation's population with food supplies and more so improving farming standards among farmers.we should real take this opportunity to utilize and support the project.
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  • Prisca Ageno
    Prisca Ageno The Youth, Yes the Youth!! This is great. Please do not forget the school dropouts. All the best Mr. Ssozi.
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  • Rosebell
    Rosebell Great project
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  • oletan
    oletan A real boots on the ground project. Well done!
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  • Gilbert
    Gilbert This project is very good. we would love to work with you. Our youth self employment initiative is pretty similar! Good luck.
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  • SwiftOtter
    SwiftOtter I feel this report was very valuable because so many groups today are using food as a way to revitalize cultures. I really like the youth and women are the direct audience that this project will be targeting. After all that is where our future lies. Good luck and always looking to collaborate here in the United States. -... Read more »
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  • Kevin DiVico
    Kevin DiVico Fantastic idea my friend! no matter what keep moving forward with this. food security is the basis of a secure future for all people.
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Ssozi Javie - Individual Grantee

Kampala, Central, Uganda

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Ssozi Javie

Kampala, Central Uganda

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