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Agricultural Development Project in Uganda

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Science and Technology Outreach and Intervention Network (STORINET)- Uganda

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda. A large number of workers employed in Ugandan agricultural fields are casual labourers who work on the land of mostly absentee landlords. The productivity of these casual labourers is low, and they face job and food insecurity. Back home, they are usually squatters and therefore do not have their own land to cultivate food on. If they do cultivate food on squatter land, their landlords would intimidate them by taking their hard-earned produce. This problem is common in rural Uganda, especially in areas where land is under free-hold, like in Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole, etc.

The “Till-A-Dream” project aims to enrich the lives of the agricultural casual labourers and to move them out of poverty, by enhancing their skills, providing a basic allowance and a cheap source of food. The project will also seek to mitigate the impact of market irregularities and inefficiencies on the lives of these labourers by establishing granaries (and silos) for food storage.

What is your project and how will it help?

The “Till-A-Dream” Project is a multi-pronged (3-in-1) project which will focus on casual labourers and their needs, providing them with skills training, daily basic pay and monthly income, as well as a source of affordable food and ensuring job security. About 20 labourers will be hired on a full-time basis and given 6-month contracts.

The project will be managed by a 20-man team on a piece of 40 acre land, and will set up 4-5 granaries to be stocked with food produced by the labourers, which will be sold to them cheaply, and will be sold to the market at prevailing market rates. A consultant will be hired to provide agricultural extension services, including farm management and financial management training to the labourers, who will then practice these skills on the farm.

To ensure sustainability, revenue accrued from the sale of produce will be reinvested to the farm to expand its produce lines and to commercialize them, and the profits will be shared with labourers.

The project will be evaluated using known methods and will be both formative (after 6 month) and summative (in the last half of the 3rd year). Findings will be compiled in a report that will be shared with all stakeholders.

Goals and Objectives – The project has 4 goals with objectives as follows:

1) To improve skills and knowledge of casual laborers.
- To train casual labourers in basic farm management skills.
- To pass on personal development coaching like savings and investment, self-esteem, etc.
- To train labourers in farm finance and produce marketing skills.

2) To ensure job security and income growth.
- To recruit casual labourers on 6-months renewable contracts.
- To ensure continuous professional development through training.
- To pay a good allowance and monthly salary to casual labourers.

3) To ensure food security.
- To build 4-5 granaries to ensure steady supply of stable foods.
- To grow produce and sale at the market, throughout the year.
- To provide casual laborers with an affordable source of food, cushioned from inflation.

4) To build capacity for farm growth and self-sustenance.
- To reinvest farm revenues into the farm for expansion and a microfinance project.
- To organize farmers into a savings group from which to save and borrow loans.
- To replicate the project in other poverty stricken regions

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Funding, training and consultations

Please detail the resources that you need.

- Personnel: 15 project personnel; a consultant

- Technical: Land (40 acres); granary design; 20 casual laborers; farm implements, e.g. seeds, 2 tractors, hoes, planters, water cans, jerry cans, fertilizers, stationery, etc.

- Estimated total funding = 520,000 US dollars


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Categorisations

Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Job creation and enterprise development

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