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 approaches
community-based organisations, government
to meet specific local needs through effective, integrated and
agencies, international NGOs, private sector 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.
02. Agriculture and Market Support for North West Uganda
01. MANZO Youth Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
Lake Victoria 03. Local Seed Business Outscaling
04. Striking a Balance
MANZO Youth European Union Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
Agriculture and Market Support for North West Uganda
World Food Programme, Irish Aid
Agency For Accelerated Rural Development (AFARD), Human Network International (HNI)
Maracha, Nebbi, and Zombo districts, Northwestern Uganda
Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani districts
Eastern and Soutwestern Uganda
Kabale and Rubanda local governments, African International Christian Ministry (AICM), National Union of Disabled Persons Uganda (NUDIPU)
Kabale and Rubanda, Southwestern Uganda
Time Frame 2016
Local Seed Business ISSD, Irish Aid Outscaling
Striking a balance: The Haramead Trust, Developing a green The European economy around Lake Commission Bunyonyi Basin
MANZO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (MAYEP)
ganda is the world’s most youthful country, with 5.8
The project aims to integrate multiple actors to support
million youth aged 15 to 24. At the same time youth
economic development of targeted youth including
unemployment is the highest in Africa. Agriculture is
traditional leadership and district government offices.
not a viable option for most young people as production still
Moreover, the project is establishing fora in each
remains at subsistence level in most places.
district to integrate youth in local development planning processes to assure responsiveness to youth-specific
Therefore, this project aims to support youth empowerment
needs. Young people are also encouraged to advocate
and economic development in the West Nile region, Northern
for inclusion of their needs and priorities in local
The MAYEP project sets out interlinked activities that will create opportunities for employment for 3,000 youth in agricultural value chains. This is facilitated through training and supports that respond to youth capacity needs and priorities, as well as demand for products. Agricultural skills necessary at each stage of the value chain will be developed to make agriculture a viable livelihood for young people.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000 youth under 27 (including 1,500 women)
The youth are receiving training on business plan development, group management and leadership, and financial literacy. Information is also being provided on microfinance and social inclusion.
Justine Tumwesigye, Binyungu.
AGRICULTURE AND MARKET SUPPORT FOR NORTH WEST UGANDA
gricultural productivity in Uganda is currently well below potential, and many of the crops that are produced directly for market are often lost before
they can be sold due to poor storage facilities.
LOCAL SEED BUSINESS OUTSCALING
he uptake and utilisation of quality seed by smallholder farmers in Uganda is still very low with over 85% depending on seed saved from previous seasons. The
farmers have developed the habit of recycling seed progenies until there is complete loss of vigour before replacement.
With this in mind, the market support project aims to improve farmersâ€™ livelihoods by reducing postharvest
This project aims to increase quality seed uptake by
losses, and promoting bulking and collective marketing
smallholder farmers through increased awareness and
of agricultural produce. Self Help Africa in Uganda,
strategic linkages with key seed stakeholders. The ISSD+
in cooperation with WFP and Local Government, is
project targets farmer groups that are entrepreneurial, and
implementing the Agricultural Market Support (AMS) project
have experience in growing the crops for which they want to
in Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani districts.
produce seed in 30 Local Seed Businesses (LSBs). SHA is utilising innovative mobile phone-based technology
As part of this project, SHA identified 40 existing farmer
to deliver quality seed content messages to farmers. With
groups, each with an average of 25 members, in each
this, farmers will be able to access all crucial information
target district, including 60% female farmers. A total of 120
about good quality seed. Messages are be translated into
farmer groups are being supported to produce, bulk, and
regional local languages, and the SMS platform is entirely
market 1,000MT of high quality produce over the project
free of charge.
period. This is made possible by: strengthening the capacity of farmer organisations, increasing access to quality inputs,
The project also invests time in getting to know groups,
improving post-harvest handling, and increasing market
conducting diagnostic surveys with groups and jointly
participation for smallholders.
making action plans to address the weakest aspects through mentoring and coaching. It offers continuous coaching on
This will be achieved by leveraging WFPâ€™s local food
key aspects of technical seed production and marketing
purchase and network of other bulk buyers, as well as
based on the LSB capacity building plan. LSBs are linked to
market infrastructures built and strengthened over the years
other strategic partners such as research organisations for
under the AMS programme.
access to foundation seed, markets, credit and extension.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000 (at least 50% women)
Total direct beneficiaries: 30 local seed businesses
STRIKING A BALANCE
ake Bunyonyi is a high-value natural resource for
For the first time, Self Help Africa will also be piloting a
the predominantly rural populations of Kabale and
disability-inclusive programme approach. Local disabled
Rubanda district Local Authorities (LAs), which
persons organisations will act as mentors, and guide us in
govern the lake and its wider catchment. The lake is also
the implementation of sustainable livelihood interventions
an area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity,
for people living with disabilities in an effort to promote
with significant potential to generate tourism revenue for
integration of all marginalised people within the local
the communities living around it. Poverty and mounting
community, and to allow for greater income generation.
population pressures have caused significant degradation of natural resources in the lake basin, resulting in declining
A number of natural resource-dependent enterprises already
water availability and soil fertility, and posing a long-
exist within the Lake Bunyonyi basin, in sectors such as
term threat to the income and food security of rural poor
agriculture, hospitality, handicrafts, and petty trade. Many
of these businesses lack an understanding of the impact of their operations on the environment, as well as the skills and
This project aims to improve the institutional framework
capital needed to effectively market tourist services, grow
for sustainable management of the Lake Bunyonyi basin,
their enterprises and invest in adopting environmentally-
through capacity building of LAs. It has been designed to
promote inclusive, sustainable development led by LAs in
Businesses will benefit from opportunities for knowledge-
the Lake Bunyonyi catchment in South-Western Uganda.
sharing, and influencing the development of policies and
Overall, the project will contribute to the inclusive and low-
bylaws governing the use of lake resources through the
carbon economic transformation of communities in the Lake
establishment of a ‘green business forum’. The action will
Bunyonyi basin, generating sustainable economic growth,
promote branding and marketing of Lake Bunyonyi as an
increased employment, reduced poverty, improved nutrition,
eco-tourism destination, as well as allow petty traders and
and the sustainable management of their environment.
agri-enterprises to gain business skills and improved access to financial services and markets for their products.
We will establish 12 Village Natural Resource Management Committees (VNRMCs) as community representatives, and their role will be to transfer knowledge relating to the sustainable use of the natural resources in the Lake Bunyonyi basin to members of their wider communities. Members are drawn from a range of social groups, ensuring that the voices of those who depend on natural resources – including traditionally marginalised groups such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, and Batwa communities – are heard in the process of developing an integrated management plan for the Lake. These 12 VNRMCs will benefit from targeted capacity building on sustainable natural resource management practices.
Ronald Kahima, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
• 1,000 individual members of rural
communities will benefit • 60% of beneficiaries will be from marginalised groups including women, youth and Batwa communities • 12 village natural resource management committees will be established • 18,000 households in the region are expected to benefit from sales of sustainable energy products
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Cover: Fatuma Nambiro, Uganda.
An overview of Self Help Africa's programmes in Uganda in 2018.