Kulika Uganda /Trust for African’s Orphans Project
Improved livelihood of woman farmers in Northern Uganda through market-led development 1st August 2011 to 31st July 2013. Kulika Uganda /Trust for African’s Orphans Project
Woman in northern Uganda constitute about 51% of the population and 80% of all food crop producers. These woman smallholder farmers are constrained by poor access to markets and limited entrepreneurial skills. The project will improved market access and enhance the ability of resource-poor woman farmers to diversity their links with markets, resulting in improved incomes and an overall economic development. The overall aim is to facilitate woman farmer group formation, skills development, collective marketing and improved seed production, storage off seed produce as a tool to improve farm gate price and productivity and reduce the incidenceof poverty. The expected out comes: Increased used of relevant information by woman farmers groups to market their produce and enhanced capacity in seed production and marketing – thereby contributing to their economic improvement; strengthened local seed marketing systems, linkages and networks.
The project will support 60 women farmer groups comprising of an average of 300 members each, the groups shall be women and at least 25 percent young women between 16 and 25 years old. All targeted farmers will be linked to Mukwano group of companies and Mt. Meru ltd who will be the buyers of their seed for sale and for oil seed for extraction.
The main stakeholder will include the resettled IDP population in selected district s of Northern Uganda (Lango region), specifically the vulnerable woman, District Local Governments (DLG) technical service staff as well asNAADS. The private sector will also be key stakeholders providing support services including market linkages, input provision, as well as local consumers and larger scale buyers of agricultural primary product. Civil society and NGOs will also play a key role in terms of implementation, co-ordination and experience sharing.
The project would introduce a paradigm shift to enhancing productivity of food crops to improving profitability and competitiveness of small-scale farming by woman in Northern Uganda, and linking smallholder woman farmers to more profitable markets.
Agribusiness is considered one of the primary means to reduce poverty: the project will empower women economically through strengthening the entire commodity supply chain; linking the women farmers directly to the end buyers- in this case Mukwano crop of companies and Mt. Meru ltd. The project will strengthen the women farmers to become the owner, manager, producer and supplier of the entire distribution network. All this will ensure fair return, food security and employment opportunities for the women, their families and the communities – resulting in improved incomes and livelihoods. The agribusiness project will there for have an immense considerable impact on employment opportunities and productivity improvement for woman.
women weeding sunflower in olilo in barri Lira
I. Dialogues with the women:
II. Training of women farmer groups :
III. Visit to Mukwano Group of Companies and Mount Meru ltd:
IV. Capacity building to strengthen the internal saving and loan mechanism:
V. Training in farming activities:
VI. Establishment of an agricultural information centre:
VII. Establishment of 3 collection centers / community stores for safe storage of the women’s produce:
The direct beneficiaries of this project are 1800 poor woman heads-of- families farmers in lira, Apac and Oyam districts with a breakdown of 600 women per district. Each woman will be supporting on average 5 – 8 children - so altogether 9,000 – 14,400 children will directly benefit from the project. The woman will be selected based on an assessment of the poorest women in the community who have formed themselves into clusters.