Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative

by Grameen Foundation
Jul 2, 2012

Community Knowledge Worker - Progress Report

CKW Wilson Kyalissima in his field of maize
CKW Wilson Kyalissima in his field of maize

Thanks to your support, we’re reaching even more poor farmers in Uganda who would otherwise not receive the information they need to treat and manage their crops and livestock. These farmers know they can depend on their local Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) to teach them simple, free or low-cost ways to improve their crops and treat sick animals, in addition to telling them things that we in the developed world take for granted, such as what the weather’s going to be, or how to get the best market price for their goods. Grameen Foundation’s CKWs have helped tens of thousands of farmers improve their crops, care for their livestock and increase their incomes – improving their livelihoods, and the standard of living for their families.

Since March, our CKWs have helped more than 8,000 additional farmers with life-saving services – meaning we have helped more than 70,000 farmers since the start of this initiative. In addition, since beginning our project, our CKWs have:

  • Had 675,000 interactions with farmers
  • Increased farmers’ agricultural knowledge by 17%
  • Increased knowledge of market prices by 20% to 35% – leading, for example, to a 20% increase in the average sale price they receive for maize

What does this mean for a poor farmer – or a CKW – in rural Uganda? It means that:

  • Ruth, a poultry farmer, was able to save her sick chickens by following the advice of her CKW, using a natural remedy (adding aloe vera to their water). She now has about 30 chickens, which she depends on for food and for income.
  • Wacha Geoffrey, a farmer from Loro sub-county, learned how to grow chilies with advice from his CKW. He has started to harvest the chilies and hopes to sell them for 5,000 Ugandan shillings per kilogram – a better return than his other crops.
  • Wilson Kyalissiima, a CKW, more than doubled his yield of maize – from 4 bags per acre to 9 bags per acre – thanks to the agricultural information and tips he accessed through his phone.

To see how your support is benefiting the lives of farmers and CKWs (who are farmers themselves), watch this video of how CKW Mary Milimo’s life has changed for the better.

Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity. We simply could not accomplish such life-changing work without you.

Thanks to generous donors like you, we’ve met our goal in the April Challenge Month – but we still have close to $2,000 to raise to meet our new fundraising goal. Would you please consider another small donation to empower poor farmers in Uganda, and help spread the word to your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter or your other social channels?

Thank you again for your support! 



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Grameen Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Darwin Cruz
Washington, DC United States
$11,116 raised of $15,000 goal
196 donations
$3,884 to go
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