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East Africa (VecoE.A)- Quar terly E-Newsletter Issue 2: March 2010

Pallisa woman turns around her misfortune Story told by Mrs.Naula Dear Readers, Welcome to the March 2010 issue 2 of VECO East Africa (Uganda Programme) e-newsletter. This issue is focussing on Improving lives through sustainable agriculture.

on his way to do business. At the time the mother of six (2F, 4M), was then one month pregnant with Specioza Wenene, their last child. However, in the face of these apparently hard times she did not run from her troubled home, instead she tried out other means to sustain her family. Her only treasure was a piece of land twenty six (26) acres and fourteen (14) cattle. She embarked on utilizing her land for growing mainly food crops and keeping a few ruminants. Mrs. Naula joined “The smile on her face depicts Kagumu Women’s Group and that The smile on her face satisfaction from hard work. was when she depicts satisfaction from Although she dropped out of started receiving hard work. Although P.7, Mrs. Naula Florence, 47.” some money she dropped out of P.7, through support Mrs. Naula Florence, from VECO47, is pleased with Uganda Food and Income Security how VECO-Uganda Food and Income program. This group comprises of 25 Security program has transformed her life. members (11 Males and 14 Females) Nine years ago, her husband Mr. Naulika As a group, they received a pair of oxen Stephen of Nakitende village, Nankokoli and a plough from VECO-Uganda in 2008 Parish, Kagumu Sub County in Pallisa District and they decided to grow maize. Because died in a fatal motor accident in Moroto the group had no land for planting maize,


Naula received the largest chunk of the money, seven hundred thousand shillings (700,000=), that is her share plus money for land rent. Mrs. Naula was able to improve and diversify diets, invest in the education of her children, and re-invest in her farm, making it a more productive enterprise.

In her own words, she now earns between 3-4m a year. “I thought life had come to an end after the demise of my husband. I did not know what next to do. Children needed their father to grow up well. I did not have a job to get money for school fees. I was always worried about how my children and I were going to survive. I grew so thin”, she says. Mrs Naula with her pair of oxen , this will help imporve on opening up more land to im on her production. Naula rented out four acres of her land to the group and they agreed

The Coordinator of Kagumu Sub County Development Association





for all the farmer groups in Kagumu Sub County, Mr.

to pay her after the harvest. Each group member contributed four thousand eight hundred shillings (4,800=) to buy DK maize for seed.

Amos Kasingabalya describes Naula as a hard working

In the first harvest, they got 20 sacks of maize and 40 sacks

woman with an overwhelming desire to succeed.

in the second harvest. They sold all the 60 sacks of maize (6000kg) at five hundred Uganda shillings (500=) per kilo (3,000,000=).

Naula says her dream is to educate her children to levels

As a group, they decided to buy another pair of oxen for the group

where they are reasonable enough to face the world







to increase the number of oxen within their group. One cost three

with determination. “I want my children to go to school”

hundred and eighty thousand shillings (380,000=) and another one two hundred and eighty thousand shillings (280,000=). The

she says. Her daughter Lydia Naula has just completed

balance of the money was shared among the group members.

from Nsambya School of Nursing as a Laboratory Technician and is working with Buchanandi Health Centre III in Kagumu Sub County, Pallisa district. The son is in the final year at Mulago Paramedical School studying Orthopedics. The other children are in S.6, S.3, P.7 and P.2

“For example in 2008 she received a pig from VECOUganda revolving program, cared for it very well and it produced seven piglets. She gave back the piglets to the group members and remained with the mother pig. In 2009, she received a boar goat from VECO-Uganda, sold the mother pig and bought a local she goat. She cross bred them and the she goat produced quadruples. Now she has six goats in the shed and three are in-kid”. 2

VECO EAST AFRICA (UGANDA PROGRAM) TRANSFORMING SUBSISTENCE FARMERS INTO SEMI-COMMERCIAL ENTITIES THROUGH PROMOTING ACCESS TO AND UTILIZATION OF IMPROVED TECHNOLOGIES TO BOOST PRODUCTION VECO East Africa (Uganda program) from 2008-2013 seeks to promote improved livelihoods for organized family farmers through sustainable agricultural market chain (SAMC) development for selected sub sectors. The program aims at improving farmers’ income and food security by enhancing their participation and equitable benefit from sustainable agriculture chains from production to consumption. VECO in Uganda has selected district farmers associations as entry points at district level and Uganda National Farmers Federation for advocacy at national level. It supports these partners with financial, technical and material resources to enhance the development of SAMC and advocate for conducive policy environment for economic development of farmers. Under the sustainable chain development program, ground nuts and maize have been identified as a key enterprise that would enable the organized family farmers in eastern and north eastern Uganda to improve on their income and food security through access to lucrative markets both locally and regionally. Production related constraints especially limited supply of marketable volumestoboostthesupply end of the selected chains emerged as critical areas affecting market linkages, coupled by the prolonged droughts and poorer seeds accessed by farmers. It is against this background that VECO in 2009 supplied trained oxen kits (aged 2-3years of sound health) to the selected 6 farmer associations in Eastern and Northern to improve access to and utilization of improved technologies (oxen) and seeds to foster increased production of groundnuts, maize and other food staples grown

OKALEBO CHARLES, Sub county Executive Committee CHAIR PERSON NGORA SUB-COUNTY tells his story

The pictures above show the steps that are taken by the organised family farmers in enhancing their production and productivity from buying of the seed for planting, to planting using their oxen that were given to them through the input revolving fund, to the the last step of harvesting, sorting , collective bulking and wiaiting to be linked to favourable market that offer fair prices for their produce.


Since 2008, VECO East Africa in partnership with Kumi district farmers Association started promoting marketing of groundnuts in the district. This program is being piloted in 4 sub counties, Ngora, Kobwin, Mukongoro and Atutur. We as farmers have been practicing groundnut growing from time memorial and we needed support in terms of accessing improved seed and improved technologies like ploughs and Oxen. In the past, the Teso region being a hub of groundnut growing, was well known for using oxen for ploughing until the region was affected by cattle rustling from our neighbours; the Karamajong and disease outbreaks causing tremendous loss to the farmers. VECO’s intervention to support farmers with improved seed and technologies for easing ploughing was well received and timely. This year, my sub county, Ngora, has received 75 bags of improved groundnut seed and 5 pairs of oxen kits which were given to 10 farmer groups. This intervention is expected to boost production of groundnuts in my sub county and we are hoping for good rains and health.

Under the input revolving scheme, we as farmers have agreed to payback in cash or kind worth the value of the inputs received so that other farmers within the sub county can also benefit as we move towards undertaking farming as a business..…….to be continued Mr. Okalebo’s perception on technologies received for input revolving scheme



Local Ox ploughs

• It has Avery strong beam • It is very heavy • Have strong frog • Passed over generation.

• Has one point for adjustment. • Has one hitching point. • Only pulled by four heavy animals.

Improved ploughs (SAIMMCO)

• Has several points of adjustment for depth and width on the plough. • Light weight and can be pulled by two oxen. • Has several hitching points.

• Its beam is made of cast iron. • When pulled with heavy bulls on a place with stamps, the beam can bend.


Improved maize seeds to boost production and productivity

Veco East Africa works with 40 organized family farmers groups in two sub-counties (Amaci and Aromo) in lira district in Uganda to improve on their livelihoods and incomes. One of the main challenges faced by the farmers is limited and timely access to improved planting material. VeCo has supported 200 farmers on time with improved maize seeds to enhance on their production and productivity per acreages in the first season on 2010.

Farmers in Amach Sub County receiving the maize seed)



Lira youth farm’s is a project of Veco-East Africa with initial funding support from Belgium youngsters under organization of Zuiddag. The project is currently taking place in three schools of St. Katherine, Amaci Complex and Apala senior secondary school.

Building sustainable farms in schools

Students from Amach Complex clearing their land to prepare for planting


Upcoming Events 1) Workshop on Agri-financing 2) Workshop on Outcome Mapping/PLA 3) Half Year Reflection

For more information about the work VECO East Africa does please contact , VECO Regional Office East Africa Plot 5 Kanjokya Street, sturrock Road opposite Kisementi shops P.O.Box 7844, Kampala Uganda Phone: + 256 41 4533 855 Fax: + 256 41 4533 856 Our partner organisations please send in your articles for the next issue under the Theme - ‘ Increase production and productivity’ Articles should be submitted before 21st June 2010


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