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In 2020 during the heights of COVID-19, we put a lot of time and effort into growing more food to help our community members in need during the pandemic. We expanded our Community Farm and planted one acre of matooke (green bananas). We dug 330 holes to start and we expect the first harvest within 18 months.
The matooke plantation was set up as a pilot to test for sustainability and to add value to our farming project. Our parents who are part of this cooperative farm have told us that a farm in Uganda is simply not a farm without matooke. This is a versatile staple food in Uganda and we hope the pilot will be successful so that we can expand to three acres by 2023.
Besides feeding the community, we plan to sell the excess to the local market creating a sorce of income that can be used to purchase basic needs for our direct beneficiaries.
As we get more funding, we will expand the plantation to its final stage.
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Our GlobalGiving donors helped us to collect the funds to erect a greenhouse for growing vegetables, year round. This project is a key part of ensuring that we can feed our school children with a healthy diet (regardless of weather conditions). Uganda is extremely fertile, but the extremes of heat or rain can create conditions that are not conducive for the growth of vegetables. A greenhouse will allow the farm teams to be more productive.
The work on the greenhouse has progressed rapidly. At the end of April, the structure was erected and the ground was prepped for the first planting. Our on-site agronomist worked with interns to train the parents on how to activate the soils for greenhouse farming. We will continue to report on progress and post pictures of the new plantings and harvest.
PROGRESS REPORT FEBRUARY 2021
February 18th, 2021
In February 2021, progress on the farm has been mainly harvesting and weeding. The harvest consisted of Irish and sweet potatoes, which was shared between 33 families in Mwerwerwe.
a) Progress at the Farm
- We harvested all the Irish potatoes which were grouped in two categories: (a) feeding and (b) seedlings for replanting. The total harvest was 900kgs ( 1984 lbs ) from an area of 2 acres, which shows progress with a better harvest from our last planting. We will plant beans in the same space after the soil replenishes itself and Irish potatoes will be planted again in a future season.
- The sweet potatoes were planted five (5) months ago on one acre and harvest started about 2 weeks ago.
Table summarising the progress at the farm: See Attachment
LAHU maintained supporting the vulnerable households with food supplies as a response to food insecurity brought about by Covid 19 pandemic.
Many families have been affected and there is much panic mostly in vulnerable households. In the Mwererwe community, we grow food which parents share for consumption and any surplus if any is taken to the markets and the sales supplement the ongoing farm activities.
However, in Gangu Community, they have no land for growing food at the time being, therefore the food grown in Mwererwe is ahared among the two communties supporting 15 families during the pendamic.
Through the pandemic, we managed to plant; Irish Potatoes, beans, cabbage, yams, sweet potatoes and we are hoping to harvest every 2 weeks if the weather stays the course.
The families in Mwerwerwe are excited about the project as it grows and gets to a more sustainable stage.
SUMMARY OF PROGRESS ON THE FARM AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION SINCE EMERGENCE OF COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Since March 2020, the farming continued despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The 33 parents converge thrice a week to work together on the farm. Since March 2020, they have grown three types of crops and vegetables.
Summary of food distribution to the beneficiaries.
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