The conventional farming system of tilling soil using animal traction and applying fertilizer is not well adapted to the cycle of reoccurring droughts, declining soil fertility and lack oxen and inputs in the Moyo district of west Nile region of Uganda. The result of these problems is a chronic shortfall in food production at the household level as families are forced to become more dependent on food relief. Project will increase 100 household food security through consevation farming
The Project Rationale of this proposal identified drought, declining soil fertility, poor seed quality and HIV Aids as major factors causing food insecurity. Based on lessons learned from similar projects implemented by other agencies in the region, the adoption of CF by smallholder farmers and the development of community OPV maize seed banks are the most effective responses to deal with the root causes of hunger in these rural areas.
Conservation farming increases soil fertility through the addition of mulch and the subsequent reduction of soil erosion. Promote a rotation with legumes which will also enhance soil fertility. Improve the ability of crops to withstand drought by reducing soil moisture loss with a mulch cover, increase moisture holding capacity of soils with increased organic matter and allow farmers to plant earlier based on the planting station system which eliminates the need to plough. Open-Pollinated Variet
Improved food security for households in Moyo District of west Nile, Uganda