Emmanuel Ngororano and Community Knowledge Worker Peace Ndongyereye, Kisoro, Uganda.
elf Help Africa works with and through local
We aim to be a catalyst, developing collaborative
community-based organisations, government
approaches to meet specific local needs through effective,
agencies, international NGOs, private sector
integrated and sustainable solutions.
partners and emerging social enterprises in Uganda. In this way initiatives can continue without our support and These diverse partners all have huge potential in addressing
have the potential to grow. Our programmes clearly link
the countryâ€™s hunger and poverty. We believe that the
with the national agricultural strategies produced under the
most effective role that we can play is in facilitating
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
partnerships that will bring them together to serve the needs
Development Strategy and Investment Plan.
of underdeveloped rural communities.
09. Community Economic Empowerment Project
01. MANZO Youth Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
02. Plant Clinics
11. Community Connector
04. Seed Enterprise Development
08. Scaling up Pineapple Production & Value Addition
DR CONGO 05. Water & Livelihoods Project
12. Post-Harvest Innovations for Increased Access to Specialised Ware Potato Markets
06. Integrated Rural Water Supply & Environment Sanitation 10. Improvement of Farmersâ€™ Income Through Sustainable Fruit Production, Value Addition & Marketing
07. Enhancing Sustainable Productivity & Utilisation of Irish Potato
03. Climate Adaptation through Beekeeping
MANZO Youth European Union Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
Irish Aid & CABI
Time Frame 2016
Climate Adaptation through Beekeeping
Irish Aid & ISSD
Seed Enterprise Development
Agency for Accelerated Regional Development
Maracha, Nebbi & Zombo Districts
CABI, Local government, Transform Uganda & KADFA
Kayunga, Kumi, Bukedea & Ngora
Tunado, Local Government, Transform Uganda & KADFA
Kayunga, Kumi, Bukedea, Ngora & Nwoya
Local Government, Transform Uganda and KADFA
Kayunga, Kumi, Bukedea & Ngora,
Water & Livelihoods Project
Literary Action and Development Agency
Rukungiri, Kanungu & Mitooma
Integrated Rural Water Supply & Environment Sanitation
Twegatte for Health and Development
Wakiso, Mityana & Mubende
Enhancing Sustainable Productivity & Utilisation of Irish Potato
Excel Hort Consult
Scaling Up Pineapple Production & Value Addition
Kyembogo Farmers Association
Community Economic Empowerment Project
Agency for Accelerated Regional Development
Zombo, Arua, Moyo & Yumbe (West Nile)
Rural Communities in Development
FHI360, Brac, Grameen Foundation, Unicef, Makere University, Gulu University, Mbarara University & CDFU
15 districts throughout Northern & SouthWestern Uganda
Kapchorwa, Kween & Mbale
07 08 09
Improvement of Farmers’ Income Through Sustainable Fruit Production, Value Addition & Marketing Completed
Community Connector - USAID Community Connector Completed
Post-Harvest Innovations for Increased Access to Specialised Ware Potato Markets
International Potato Centre
Flora Nyirangaba, Kazinga Village, Kamwenge.
MANZO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (MAYEP)
AYEP is a â‚Ź1 million EU-funded project that has been designed with local partners AFARD, to support youth empowerment and economic
development in the West Nile region.
o combat crop reduction caused by pests and diseases SHA is working with partners to establish community-level plant clinics to encourage farmerâ€™s
carry out early detection of pests and disease. Plant clinics are an extension model that empowers farmers to seek
The project is targeting 3,000 individuals under 27 in
agricultural advisory services from trained agricultural
Maracha, Nebbi and Zombo Districts. Placing youth
participation and empowerment at its core, MAYEP is promoting wider opportunities for young people to gain
The model builds the capacities of local communities to
access to employment and to engage in dialogue with duty-
identify and report any diseases affecting their crops to
bearers at community, district and regional level.
trained personnel who can then advise on diagnosis and treatment. This creates a technical dialogue between
MAYEP is building the capacity, knowledge and work-
farmer agricultural extension staff and agricultural research
readiness skills of those involved as a means for initiating
employment and driving successful self-employment and enterprise development.
The lessons learnt from implementation of plant clinics are being shared with a wide cross-section of stakeholders
A gender-transformative approach is being employed
through collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture,
throughout the project ensuring that 50% of those involved
Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). Already part of local
are female and that female youth are supported and
government development plans, it is envisaged that the
encouraged to apply for leadership positions in the groups
Ministry will incorporate the Plant Clinics model into the
development of national policy and practice.
To succeed, MAYEP is building local partnerships with
Additionally, Makerere University are set to incorporate
processors, traders and buyers. Linking youth to ongoing
project learning into future educational programmes. The
business networks and training/mentoring opportunities and
Plant Clinic project is being undertaken in partnership with
strengthening institutional and political support for youth
UK-based Centre for Bioscience International (CABI), who
are co-implementing and co-funding activities.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000
Total direct beneficiaries:15,000
Agnes Katushabe, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION THROUGH BEEKEEPING
SEED ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Insects are the earth’s chief pollinators, by increasing
access to quality seed by developing local seed enterprises
local bee populations, the project is helping to boost crop
and supporting their integration into seed value chains.
his project serves a triple purpose – combating environmental degradation, increasing incomes and boosting food security amongst 4,000 households.
his project works with seed grower associations to produce high-quality seed on a commercial basis. The seed sector is still under-developed in Uganda and
this initiative addresses the challenge of increasing farmers’
productivity and thereby increase food security. Through this the project is improving access to superior Earnings from honey production are providing an alternate
varieties of maize, groundnuts and cassava in sufficient
source of income and are encouraging local communities to
quantities, at the right time and at an affordable price. This
conserve forest resources.
is resulting in greater crop productivity and diversification, increasing smallholder farmers overall production, promoting
As beekeeping does not require land ownership and is not
adaptation to climate change and improving livelihoods.
a labour-intensive activity, women and people with reduced mobility or compromised health (e.g. people with disability or
Local seed enterprises are increasing the incomes of farmers’
those affected by HIV) can actively participate. Beekeeping
involved. Seed security and seed sovereignty are being
also complements other farming activities.
enhanced, contributing to community resilience, with wider effects including increased social organisation, economic
Smallholder farmers are being supported with access to
development and entrepreneurship.
seedlings, while farmers are being assisted to establish producer enterprises and sustainably integrate into value
Working with the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD),
SHA is establishing Local Seed Businesses. Local Seed Businesses are farmer groups that are technically equipped,
Training is being provided to ensure farmers’ skills are
professionally organised, market-oriented and strategically
enhanced, so they can produce high quality, high value
linked to source basic seed, extension and credit to achieve
products, and can negotiate directly with potential buyers.
commercial sustainability in seed business. The seed class they produce is Quality Declared Seed (QDS).
Total direct beneficiaries: 4,000
Total direct beneficiaries: 1,320 5
Patrick and Evas Kakuru with Arthur Nuwatubangira, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
WATER & LIVELIHOODS PROJECT â€“ PHASE II
INTEGRATED RURAL WATER SUPPLY & ENVIRONMENT SANITATION
clean and safe water.
and increase the coverage of clean and safe water.
Building on previous work the project protects shallow wells
Working through our local partner, Twegatte for Health and
and springs and is constructing three Bukunga Gravity
Development (THAD), this three-year project constructs
Flow schemes. 41 catchment areas are being protected
boreholes, shallow wells, improved pit latrines and assists in
and conserved, by planting over 225,000 watershed and
the establishment of sanitation clubs in schools.
his project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Literacy Action and Development Agency (LADA), and aims to provide 3,600 households in Rukungiri,
Kanungu and Mitooma districts with increased access to
his project aims to strengthen service delivery to marginalised, vulnerable and rural poor households, intensify awareness on basic environment sanitation
and hygiene practices in schools and in rural communities
woodlot trees. Focus is being given to the promotion of climbing and coco yams over 500 acres.
Local water committees are being established and trained in the operation and maintenance of facilities for the continued
The project is training communities on sanitation and
sustainability of project activities.
hygiene, water catchment conservation and on booster fund acquisition procedures. Water user committees are
The interventions overall aim is to reduce diarrhoeal diseases
being established and/or strengthened with committees
particularly in children under five years, reduce the distance
establishing savings and credit schemes.
to water sources and time taken while collecting water and increase knowledge on practical skills for water and
The project is also supporting the establishment of eight
environmental sanitation at household level.
eco-schools and the installation of water boilers and tree nurseries in schools.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,600
Total direct beneficiaries: 6,355
otato farmers often face challenges in the production and productivity of Irish potato, including a lack of quality seed in addition to limited market access. As
with most other crops in Uganda, seed potatoes used in
Justine Tumwesigye, Kazinga Village, Kamwenge.
ENHANCING SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTIVITY & UTILISATION OF IRISH POTATO
SCALING UP PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION & VALUE ADDITION
ineapple producers in Uganda often face limited access to improved planting materials, limited knowledge of appropriate production practices and
inadequate storage facilities.
Kigezi region in general and Kabale district in particular are saved from the previous crop. Low yields are primarily due to
This, scaling up pineapple production & value addition
poor quality seed potato, inadequate soil fertility management
two-year project, implemented by our partner Kyembogo
practices, diseases, primarily late blight and bacterial wilt,
Farmers Association (KYEFA), in Kyenjojo district has a goal
limited diversification of potato products as well as lack of
of improving food and income security for 510 smallholder
well-developed markets and marketing options.
farmers in the pineapple value chain.
This project aims to improve the income security of targeted
The project aims to increase pineapple production of
farming households in South-Western Uganda by promoting
smallholder producers by 75%, improve post-harvest
organised potato seed production.
handling of pineapples, facilitate access to credit and link farmers to newly trained pineapples processors. The project
Working with our partner, Excel Horticulture, the project builds
is improving farmersâ€™ income through increasing production
on a market driven approach, focusing on the development
and productivity and enabling smallholders access to new
of competitive value chains and farming systems that lead to
markets as well as negotiating with existing ones.
marketable surpluses, contributing to increased incomes and greater food security in the project area.
Total direct beneficiaries: 510
The project focuses on building and strengthening capacities of partner organisations such as farmer organisations, agroinput dealers, agribusinesses and business service providers to ensure institutional sustainability.
Total direct beneficiaries: 480 7
Ronald Kahima, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
his two-and-a-half year project seeks to address the poverty of communities within the West Nile region. The project, implemented with our partner,
Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD),
IMPROVEMENT OF FARMERSâ€™ INCOME THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FRUIT PRODUCTION, VALUE ADDITION & MARKETING - COMPLETED
n partnership with Rural Community in Development (RUCID), Self Help Africa is implementing a two-year project promoting smallholder economic development
through the fruit value chain.
targets 32 farmer organisations with the Community AgroEnterprise Development approach that pivots on farming
The project aims to increase farmersâ€™ abilities to earn more
as a business as a pathway to building a self-sustaining
income from fruit production, both the sale of fresh produce
economic-resilient community. The primary purpose is to
and planting material. Farmers often experience a number
contribute to reducing hunger and poverty, and developing
of production constraints, which are affecting their ability to
an economically prosperous community.
increase incomes and access markets. Poor soil quality, lack of access to improved seeds, lack of skills in improved
The overall aim of the programme is increased wealth
agronomic practice, inability to access credit and limited
and food security of 1,800 smallholder households in the
extension services to farmers are some of the issues faced
districts of Nebbi, Zombo, Arua, Yumbe and Moyo. This is
by smallholder farmers in Mubende District who rely on fruit
being realised through household economic empowerment
production for approximately 20% of their income.
and environmental conservation and enhancement. This project is organisng farmers into groups and training The key programme interventions include improved
the groups in the principles and practices of organic
extension systems, utilising the lead farmer approach,
production and management, including post-harvest
linking organisations to specialists, facilitating market access
handling and the management of pests and diseases. Six
and expanding access to improved inputs. The project is
pineapple multiplication centres are being established with
also transforming farmer associations into viable business
groups being trained in the management of the centres and
entities with own farmer-to-farmer extension system and
facilitated to access improved clean planting material. In
sound governance and financial management systems.
addition to pineapple production, farmers are being trained
Total direct beneficiaries: 1,800
in the production and management of apple bananas, mangoes, jackfruit and passion fruit.
Total direct beneficiaries: 300 8
elf Help Africa is the technical agriculture lead on a
POST-HARVEST INNOVATIONS FOR INCREASED ACCESS TO SPECIALISED WARE POTATO MARKETS
FHI360 and includes local NGOS, UN bodies, universities,
research institutes and government ministries.
harvest techniques in response to the diversified market
USAID-funded programme worth $25 million that is working with 81,000 households. The Community
Connector is being implemented byâ€¨a consortium led by
Gastone Ndisasirwa, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
COMMUNITY CONNECTOR - COMPLETED
elf Help Africa has been contracted by the International Potato Centre (CIP) to assist 5,000 commercial potato producers and dealers (45%
women) to directly utilise improved ware potato postopportunities created by the overall project.
This project is reducing poverty and under-nutrition through integrated nutrition and livelihood interventions
The projectâ€™s goal is to contribute to improved food security
at the community and household level. The project seeks
for RTB (roots, tubers and banana) producing communities,
to reinforce existing state support, or, where necessary,
including both the producers and other stakeholders along
establish structures such as food security and nutrition
the chain in the East African Community. It is envisaged
that 100,000 value chain stakeholders (50% women) will have access to the improved storage through stronger value
SHA is taking the lead on the establishment of baselines
chain linkages and a structured ware potato market.
through a mix of Household Economy Approach/Individual Household Method (IHM) methodologies. Furthermore through our partner, Evidence for Development (EfD), SHA is
Number of farmer-led organisations: 4
assisting universities in developing courses in IHM studies. Working in 15 districts throughout North and South-West Uganda, the project is utilising a number of innovative techniques and approaches for reaching 81,000 households, and ensuring greatest impact and sustainability. These approaches include: Collaborative Learning and Adaptation; Family Life Schools; the Family Life Model; Community Promoters; and Learning Sites.
Total direct beneficiaries: 81,000 9
Gastone Ndisasirwa and Atuhaire Scovia with daughters Promise and Prime. Gastone is chairman of a Community Connector backed farmersâ€™ group in Ibanda District.
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Cover: Flora Nyirangaba, Kazinga Village, Kamwenge District, Uganda.