Sustaniable AgricultureThe core of Kulika's Community Development Programme is training of farmers in sustainable organic agriculture which focuses on experiential learning, practical work, on-farm experimentation and demonstrations to improve the skills of farmers in the following areas:
Principles and Practices of Sustainable Organic Agriculture Kulika is committed to spreading the principles of sustainable organic agriculture, the latter is a farming practice that doesn’t introduce environmentally degrading and, in some cases, wrongly identified and supplied chemicals on land. Kulika works in many areas of Uganda, educating and training local people towards a more sustainable and harmonious relationship with their land and environment in order to improve health, food security and family incomes for rural farming communities. (Current Projects)
Soil Fertility and Water Conservation Kulika helps farmers improve productivity through increased soil fertility and water retention. Farmers are trained in making and use of organic manures eg compost, plant teas and other liquid manures, and the use of cover crops. They are in addition trained in various measures for soil and water conservation. These include the use of physical structures or barriers including well stability contours, cut-off drains and water retention ditches.
rop Husbandry Kulika trains in organic crop production methods including the agronomic practices for various crops, organic pest and disease control methods, use of resistant crop varieties, use of cover crops and dead mulch for weed control and fertility rejuvenation.
Livestock Husbandry Kulika trains farmers to produce and manage livestock in a sustainable manner, the importance of proper husbandry of livestock allows farmer groups to diversify their produce and improve their health and nutrition as well as increase their capital.
Farm Business Management Kulika trains farmers to work more sustainably, to focus on farming as a business, while improving their business and management skills in the process. The trust has also helped farmers to work in a supply capacity where appropriate, improving their knowledge of trade, economics and business.
Farm Power and Appropriate Technology Kulika trains farmers to construct and use technologies that conform to the principles of sustainable organic agriculture without damaging the environment. Kulika educates farmers in principles of hygiene and sanitation and teaches how to build equipment associated with this.
Foods and Nutrition Kulika trains farmers the different food stuffs including staple legumes, the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables through practical demonstrations, discussions and visits to hospital child nutrition departments. The training also covers food hygiene, handling, preparation of meals, presentation, serving process and preservation.
Gender Analysis and Family Life Education. Kulika trains clients in gender analysis and family life education. This covers gender roles and responsibilities of men and women in families and communities. Kulika also builds the capacity of communities in rights-based issues.
Agro-Forestry and Environmental Management. Kulika works to enhance the capacity of local communities to protect and conserve natural resources. This includes preparation of tree nurseries and planting of multi-purpose trees. Farmers are trained on the dangers of deforestation, changing attitudes.
Marketing Farmers are trained on the importance of meeting standards when marketing locally and in order to export their organic produce to international markets effectively. Capacity-building in and promotion of Certification allows farmers to negotiate prices for their goods with companies from a stronger position.
Farmer-to-Farmer Extension and Training Programmes. Farmers are selected by members of their group and return to their areas after training to share skills and knowledge with their group members about what they have learnt. Farmers are trained in phases that enable them to apply and adapt new knowledge whilst spreading it in their communities.