Project information

Equip 7 communities in Uganda to overcome poverty

Through delivering training in beekeeping and conservation farming, communities will have the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through the work of their own hands. Nutrition and health will improve, income will increase, and people will be able to afford medicine and pay school fees.

January 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Amigos Worldwide

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  • Need

    Need

    Nearly half of people living in northern Uganda do not have enough food to eat and 33% of children experience stunted growth.
    Farming skills were lost when war raged in northern Uganda for 20 years and low productivity is a direct result of poor farming methods, inadequate storage facilities and lack of marketing skills.
    Many households struggle to afford basic essentials and 75% of children do not have the opportunity to complete their secondary education as families can’t afford the fees.

    Solution

    Training in conservation farming will enable families to increase crop yields up to four-fold. In previous Amigos farming groups 80% of members have enjoyed increased income and food security.
    Beekeeping will provide diversification, increasing income ten-fold, providing much needed nutrition and promoting pollination which will increase crop yields.
    To complement this, we would construct a grain store where farmers can keep their crops as they wait for prices to rise.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train 245 farmers in conservation farming, post-harvest handling and marketing.

    Activities

    » Identify 7 farming groups (35 members in a group) to receive training in conservation farming.
    » Hold three training seminars for community farming group leaders. Each seminar will last three days.
    » Facilitate voluntary extension workers to train and advise farmers in their respective groups.

    Success will be 220 farmers in the farming groups (90% of those trained) enjoying increased income and food security, and 2640 family members benefitting, within two years.


    Aim 2

    Train 140 people in poverty in the low-labour art of beekeeping to increase income and nutrition.

    Activities

    » Identify 140 members from 4 existing farming groups to receive training.
    » Deliver five days’ training in each farming group in beekeeping, harvesting and processing.
    » Deliver five days’ training, six months later, in beekeeping, marketing and business skills.
    » Provide voluntary extension workers to support the groups in beekeeping.

    Success will be 140 members of the beekeeping communities enjoying a more nutritious diet and making an income from the sale of honey, along with 1680 family members benefitting.


    Aim 3

    Build a grain store in Gulu so small-scale farmers can store crops and wait for prices to rise.

    Activities

    » Land has been acquired and funds have been granted for foundations. Once funds are available a local team will be hired to begin construction.

    Success will be the completion of the grain store by December 2018 so it is ready and equipped for use by 910 local small-scale farmers.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will enable communities to lift themselves out of poverty and ensure a better future for the next generation.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring: income, food security, health, and school attendance. Success will be a significant improvement (minimum 30%) in each of these areas within 3 years.
    Long term, the grain store will enable farmers to command a higher price for their crops, success will be a 90% increase in profits for the farmers.

    Risk

    There is a risk that beekeepers, eager to earn an income, will sell their honey below market rate. Farmers will receive training in business and marketing skills to address this.

    There is a risk of drought affecting the farming groups, however based on previous experience groups affected by drought still enjoyed much greater yields than those using traditional farming techniques.

    There is a risk of crops being stolen from the grain store - a staff member will be on site to provide security.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive regular updates on progress, challenges and any changes via our e-newsletter, on our website, and via social media. In addition to this they will receive an annual report with information on plans, progress and impact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,400 Beekeeping Raw materials to construct bee hives, processing materials, training in beekeeping, and expenses.
      £18,200 Conservation farming Training in conservation farming, marketing and business skills, seminars and extension workers.
      £13,400 Grain store Material and labour for construction of grain store.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hemyock Engineering Ltd £8,000 Guaranteed
    Nick Robinson £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. In northern Uganda violence and conflict raged for over two decades resulting in the displacement of four million lives, destroying economic activity and hindering development. The majority of Ugandans (90%) are subsistence farmers and do not have enough food to meet their calorific needs. 69% of the population live on less than $1 a day. Today poor farming methods are causing soil exhaustion and erosion and reducing crop yields year on year.

    Beneficiaries

    Women living a hand-to-mouth existence will form the majority of trainees (80%) who will benefit directly from the project. Their households (4620 people) will benefit from 3 meals a day and an increased income to pay for essentials such as soap, medicine and school fees. Children will enjoy improved health and long term won’t suffer from stunted growth. An increase in profits due to the grain store will further increase the livelihood security of these vulnerable families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Titus Okello has been working in these communities for the past three years and built up strong relationships. One beneficiary in Gulu told him: 'We like Amigos because you get into the field with us and sleep in our village, not a hotel.’

    With 17 years of experience in Uganda, Amigos has gained insight into the most effective ways of working alongside the poor and marginalised. We work through churches and local councillors in Uganda, with Memorandums of Understanding in place

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Titus Okello

    Community extension trainer and agribusiness consultant with Amigos and World Vision. BA (Hons) Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm management.

    John Kadu

    John has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing beekeeping equipment and training with Amigos, UNIDO, ZOA, Aim Global, UWESO, ENCOT and NADS.

    Richard Kibuuka

    Chairman, Advisory Board of Amigos Uganda. Richard has worked for World Vision, Evidence Action and SOS Children’s Villages International.

    Andrew Friend

    UK Trustee with over 30 years of experience working overseas in agricultural reconstruction and crop cultivation with FAO, UNHCR, and World Vision.

£60

will pay for a person in poverty to receive training in beekeeping, processing and marketing

'I have been keeping bees for a long time but traditional hives produce little honey, it is of poor quality and I don't know the best way to harvest and sell it. I know I can make good money from honey as there is a market for it, but I need training on modern beekeeping practices.'

Bosco Ochola, Kitgum